Ireland open Six Nations with dominant win in Wales

Ireland's Cian Healy
Cian Healy scored Ireland's second try in the entertaining Six Nations opener. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Ireland have kicked off the 2013 Six Nations with a compelling 30-22 victory over defending Grand Slam champions Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Tries from Simon Zebo, Cian Healy and Brian O'Driscoll, backed by a strong kicking display from Jonathan Sexton, saw Ireland race to a 30-3 lead in Cardiff early in the second half.

Second half scores from Alex Cuthbert and Leigh Halfpenny threatened a Welsh revival, but the Irish held on to claim the opening win of the championship.

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England win Six Nations opener

England hit the ground running in a 38-18 win over Scotland at Twickenham. Ireland beat reigning Six Nations champions Wales.