Wales winger Eli Walker charges into the Irish defence.
Wales opened the Five Nations Festival at Llandovery by gaining a decisive 24-18 win over a lightweight Ireland.
The Festival hosts made five changes from the side beaten 43-22 by England on Sunday and they paid off handsomely with the new front row of Rob Evans, Jack Dando and Samson Lee putting their opposite numbers under severe pressure.
Wales fell behind after just two minutes when fly-half Patrick Jackson kicked a 30 metre penalty. Ireland looked fragile at the scrum but were let off when fly-half Matthew Morgan missed a straightforward penalty.
Welsh pressure eventually told when powerful centre George North burst through on a crash ball to score a try, converted by Morgan.
Ireland found possession hard to come by but were more than willing defenders. They conceded a second try just before the break when prop Rob Evans took a quick tap penalty to crash over near the posts for Morgan to convert.
Jackson narrowed the gap to 14-6 before wing Eli Walker set the game alight with some tremendous running from broken play. He set up the position for North to burst through tackles for his second try, converted again by the diminutive Morgan.
Wales looked ready to pull clear only to be stunned by a brace of well taken Irish tries. Both came from replacements - flanker Conor Gilsenan and wing Mark Corballis - and with Jackson converting one it was just 21-18 to Wales with seven minutes to go.
But the hosts composed themselves to get back on the attack and let replacement fly-half Joseff Griffin kick an angled penalty to seal the Welsh win with four minutes remaining.
Coach Simon King was more than happy with the first win of the tournament.
"Confidence wise, it's great to start with a victory and we can prepare for Italy in a very positive frame of mind. The front row went very well and was an important part of the first-half dominance.
"Ireland came back at us with the wind but we finished well to round off a good day."
WALES Tom Prydie (Ospreys); Harry Robinson (Blues), George North (Scarlets), Sam Campbell (Blues), Eli Walker (Ospreys); Matthew Morgan (Ospreys), Aled Davies (Scarlets); Rob Evans (Scarlets), Jack Dando (Blues), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Cory Hill (Blues), Luke Hamilton (Scarlets), Owen Sheppeard (Blues), Dan Baker (Ospreys), Tom Young (Blues - capt)
Replacements: Kirby Myhill (Scarlets) for Dando, Darran Harris (Blues) for Evans, Will Griff John (Blues for Lee), Matthew Screech (Blues) for Hamilton, Ellis Jenkins (Blues) for Young, Calum Thomas (Blues) for Sheppeard, Joseff Griffin (Blues) for Morgan, Leighton Bellamore (Dragons) for Campbell
Scorers: Wales Tries: G North (2), R Evans; Cons: M Morgan (3); Pen: J Griffin Ireland: Tries: C Gilsenan, M Corballis; Cons: P Jackson; Pens: P Jackson (2)
It was a double celebration for Wales and Ospreys scrum-half Rhys Webb when he called at the home of Welsh rugby to help commemorate the first anniversary of Principality Stadium and his return to fitness this weekend ahead of the RBS 6 Nations.
Prior to their departure to Wellington for the next leg of the World Series, Wales trained with England and Ireland. WRU TV caught up with Owen Jenkins who revealed the 'buzzword' which is driving the Wales squad on.
Wales head coach Rob Howley explains his decision to change the captaincy of the national side with Ospreys second row Alun Wyn Jones taking over from Sam Warburton for the forthcoming RBS 6 Nations. Howley is hoping his decision will allow Warburton to rediscover his 'mojo'.
How do you follow a dancing hippopotamus - the Ospreys wheelchair rugby team has just the 'oneness' to do it say the BBC! For a decade the sight of a herd of hippos synchronised swimming around their own private blue lagoon, has lit up our television screens at regular intervals between favourite BBC One shows. But now the nation's most watched channel has relinquished its famous amphibious mammals in favour of a new show-reel which includes the Ospreys wheelchair rugby team.
Head coach Rowland Phillips and key front rower Carys Phillips look ahead to games against Spain and Ireland as Wales Women ramp up their preparations for the forthcoming Six Nations. The two warm-up games are a 'massive opportunity to refine the squad' according to the Welsh camp.
Martyn Phillips has discussed details of the newly published 'Strategy for Welsh Rugby' which puts in black and white terms the plans and direction of the governing body of the national sport in Wales for the next decade.
WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips has urged Welsh rugby fans to follow in the footsteps of their soccer counterparts at last summer's Euro Championship by backing their team to the hilt in the upcoming RBS 6 Nations campaign.
Chief executive Martyn Phillips has highlighted the plans for Wales to become a breeding ground for national and elite club rugby coaches, which are contained in the WRU's 10-year 'Strategy for Welsh Rugby'.
Andrew Coombs is enjoying his new role as Nelson forwards coach. The former Dragons and Wales lock has big ambitions to become a professional coach but feels it's important to learn the ropes in grassroots rugby and where better than his home club Nelson, with friends and family close to hand.
Students at Brynllywarch Hall School, near Newtown, have transformed their own lives, and are now having a positive impact on others through rugby. The sport has had a life-changing effect on the well-being of the students who are now delivering rugby sessions to local primary schools and playing for a new mixed ability side
Wales reached their first semi-final since 2013 in the opening round of this season's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie recaps on what proved to be an eventful tournament
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.