Ireland climbed to number 1 in the World Rankings on Saturday with a 19-10 victory over Wales in their final Rugby World Cup warm-up game at the Aviva.
Tries from Rob Kearney, Tadgh Furlong and James Ryan sealed the win for Ireland as they finished on a high, albeit after a patchy performance.
Kearney’s try gave Ireland a deserved 7-0 lead.
However, Wales battled back and lead 7-10 at the break with Hadleigh Parkes punching through the Irish defence.
On 50 minutes, Furlong’s score restored Ireland’s lead with the prop getting over the line despite the attention of three Welsh defenders.
James Ryan finished off the Irish scoring as they kept Wales scoreless in the second half.
The biggest cheer of the day was reserved for Rory Best’s substitution with the current captain and 120 capped hooker to retire from International Rugby after the World Cup.
Deservedly so the Ulster man received a standing ovation as he left the Avia stadium for the final time.