‘Sexton voodoo doll’ – Sexton performance and Stockdale tries had fans talking as Ireland survive Wales scare
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‘Sexton voodoo doll’ – Sexton performance and Stockdale tries had fans talking as Ireland survive Wales scare

AS Ireland finally saw off Wales at the Aviva Stadium to keep their Six Nations Grand Slam hopes alive, Johnny Sexton’s performance came under the spotlight on social media.

Much like Ireland, Sexton ebbed and flowed – he was the architect of Jacob Stockdale’s first try to put Ireland 5-3 up but missed the conversion as well as two penalties as Wales took a 13-5 lead.

Sexton came good again towards the end of the half, scoring a penalty before converting Bundee Aki’s try to send Ireland in ahead at the break.

He missed one of two conversions in the second half but Ireland saw the game out, Stockdale’s impressive interception leading to a converted try just as Wales were threatening a late score.

Despite the 37-27 victory, fans wondered whether Wales had employed the dark arts to keep Sexton quiet…

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Conor Murray took over kicking duties after Sexton went off and his penalty off the post restored a 10-point lead.

Wales’ converted try made for a nervy ending but just like in France, the tense finish would ultimately end with Irish celebrations.

With time up on the clock and the Welsh pressing to overturn their three-point deficit, Stockdale intercepted before scoring his second try of the game.

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