& # 39; There is a blow and the officials may have those wrong & # 39 ;: Wayne Pivac fumes after two arbitrary decisions cost Wales' victory over France
- Wayne Pivac said that Wales must have received a second-half penalty try
- Pivac also believes that the last scrum penalty won by Demba Bamba was illegal
- Wales lost at home in the Six Nations for the first time in three years on Saturday
Romain Ntamack scored 17 points, with other scores of Anthony Bouthier and Paul Willemse for France winning a first win in Wales for a decade.
But Wales boss Pivac after fuming and accused English referee Matthew Carley for two bad phone calls.
The New Zealander thought that Wales should have been awarded a penalty – try in the second half when Willemse knocked on a Ken Owens pass for Josh Adams, and that the last scrum penalty won by Demba Bamba was an illegal move.
& # 39; There is a blow and the officials may have got it wrong, "said Pivac of the Willem knock-on.
" And the other was disappointing when the fresh, tight head on came across the scrum and was rewarded for that.
& # 39; You have to move forward and he clearly went over the scrum.
& # 39; But the French played well and we have to take it easy. & # 39;
Alu n Wyn Jones added: & # 39; There was probably a case for a few criminal attempts. & # 39;
But France didn't care. Team manager Raphael Ibanez said: "We can be really proud of the fact that we have a very young front row that has gone under pressure.
" We let Wales speak. You don't have to talk too much to scrumble properly.
& # 39; It was a great achievement of our defense. We are very happy that Shaun Edwards is with us. Fans want a French team to deliver 80 minutes.
& # 39; We're going to work even harder now because winning is a good habit. & # 39;
Wales achieved scores from Biggar and Dillon Lewis, but then travel to Twickenham knowing that they will not defend their title of Six Nations.
Derby County 1-1 Fulham: Alexander Mitrovic cancels Wayne Rooney & panenka penalty because former English captain marks 500th English league match with astonishing goal
- Wayne Rooney put Derby in front with a brutal dinked penalty at 55 minutes
- Fulham equalized with the excellent finish of Alexander Mitrovic shortly after
- Both sides wasted good late chances to win and had to settle for a draw
- League One
- League Two
- Scottish Premiership
- Scottish Div 1
- Scottish Div 2
- Scottish Div 3
- Call 1
- Series A
- La Liga
- Wayne Pivac says experienced line-up will help his side make a faster start
- Pivac believes that temperament of experienced players is crucial in pressure situations
- Ross Moriarty and Gareth Davies replace Aaron Wainwright and Tomos Williams
- Wayne Pivac believes Wales should not panic after losing Six Nations against Ireland
- The coach of Wales insists that only minor adjustments are needed for improvements
- A series of errors left the Irish fast to gain the upper hand in the collision
- Everton boosts their efforts to sign Wigan Athletic & # 39; s Joe Gelhardt
- He is the next Wayne Rooney & # 39; mentioned because of his pace and power
- His performances for Wigan and their youth team have impressed scouts
Wayne Rooney marked his 500th competition match with a spectacular & # 39; Panenka & # 39; penalty helping Fulham to achieve a victory that would have put them on a level with Leeds in second place.
Aleksandar Mitrovic headed Rooney & # 39; s brutal chip from the spot in the early half of the second half, but this was Fulham's third consecutive game without a win. Like so many clubs that chase a place in the Premier League, they falter just when the finish line comes into view.
Derby made the better chances in the first half and might have been out of sight had it not been for the excellence of Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak, who made important saves from Matt Clarke and Tom Lawrence.
Match facts and player ratings
Derby County (4-2-3 -1): Hammer, Wisdom, Davies, Clarke, Forsyth, Shinnie, Bird, Knight (Jozefzoon 78, Rooney, Lawrence, Waghorn (Marriott 78)
Subs: Rose, Bogle, Lowe, Sibley, Martin
Fulham (4-3-3): Rodak, Bryan, Ream, Hector, Odoi, Cairney, Arter (McDonald 81), Johansen (Kamara 65), Reid, Knockaert (Knight 66), Mitrovic
Subs: Bettinelli, Sessegnon, Christie, Kebano,
Operating just outside center-forward Martyn Waghorn, Rooney made his headline contribution 10 minutes after the break, then Tim Ream was in the box. Rooney – whose competition debut for Everton was almost 18 years ago – took a few steps towards the ball and played a perfect bunker shot that fooled Rodak.
But Derby could not keep his lead. Curtis Davies reacted slowly to replace Aboubakar Kamara from the right and Mitrovic – the top scorer of the championship – took advantage of volley in his 22nd goal of the campaign.
Violating spending rules with a possible deduction of EFL points for them – Derby disputes the charge – the side of Phillip Cocu needs as many points as possible while their fate is uncertain.
They could get ahead in the 23rd minute when Clarke collected Rooney's free kick and produced a free kick angular shot that was brilliantly rescued by Rodak, who just as well outside Lawrence & # 39; s low drive 13 minutes later could stay.
The game opened after the break and Rooney put Derby first after Waghorn & # 39; s attempt to put in the box was put by Ream's hand. Shortly thereafter, Fulham boss Scott Parker made a double substitution and one of the substitutes, Ivan Cavaleiro, saw his shot in the path deflect another sub, Kamara, who then crossed over to Mitrovic to level.
Ridder looked much livelier than Anthony Knockaert, the man he replaced, and he shot a shot a little over 20 meters when Fulham shifted up a gear. On the other hand, Rooney & # 39; s close-range volley
was deflected for a corner kick on Michael Hector, and Rodak made another alarm stop to deny Max Bird.
Rodak rescued his team moments later later when he clawed away the goal-oriented effort of Craig Forsyth and Kevin McDonald did a brilliant job of blocking Bird's succession.
Wayne Pivac wisely trusts Wales will overcome French flair in Six Nations clash after choosing the most experienced lineup to choose the championship with 859 caps between them
Wayne Pivac believes that his wise Wales has the French flair will overcome. on Saturday in the Six Nations after he had chosen the most experienced line-up to decorate the championship.
His XV before the match has a total of 859 caps in store – the Italian side of 2012 that Scotland faces 822 in the team – as much as 629 more than the French team.
Pivac may be new to his role, just like most of his back room team, but with Alun Wyn Jones – at 136 Welsh caps – George North won his 94th, Dan Biggar and Leigh Halfpenny in the 80s and Taulupe Faletau and Justin Tipuric set up their 75th, he says savviness will pay.
& # 39; Hopefully means a lot this weekend, "said Pivac.
" If we can get off to a good start, we are a bit slow out of the blockades, then that experience will hopefully come through for us and test some of the inexperienced players on their side .
& # 39; In tight games, at moments of pressure, you cannot surpass the experience. We have a number of players there who have played in these tight games in recent years and have appeared on the right side of the ledger.
& # 39; We know what it takes and hopefully it won't come to one game at the end of the game, but with these games and the way they have gone in recent years, who knows. We are very happy that we have that experience in the team. & # 39;
WALES: Halfpenny; North, Tompkins, Parkes, Adams; Biggar, G Davies; W Jones, Owens, Lewis, Ball, AW Jones, Moriarty, Tipuric, Faletau (8).
FRANCE: Bouthier; Thomas, Vakatawa, Vincent, Fickou; Ntamack, Dupont; Baille, Marchand, Haouas, Le Roux, Willemse, Cros, Ollivon, Alldritt (8).
Pivac made two changes to the party that lost to Ireland and brought in Ross Moriarty for Aaron Wainwright on the blindside flank and Gareth Davies for Tomos Williams on scrum-half.
Biggar is fit – as expected – recovered from concussion. He was passed fit after the WRU had obtained expert advice, since the flying half had been hit three times in five months.
On the couch, Pivac has added Rob Evans and the uncapped Wasp lock Will Rowlands.
But for the most part he has kept faith in his team – especially the under-attacked George North.
Wales & # 39; s second top try-scorer of all time has come under barrages of criticism from fans who have suggested that he is purely praised for reputation after a number of out-of-kind displays recently.
But Pivac threw his weight behind North support the winger to make a big impact.
& # 39; He has the bit between his teeth, & said the New Zealander.
There are a few people who have given him a little criticism, but he has played 90 odd tests and he has 40 attempts.
& # 39; He is a handful when on it. Our job is to involve him in the game and we want to do that as much as possible.
& # 39; He works very hard, communicates well and is a senior man in the group. We encourage that. I expect a big game from George.
& # 39; I know he really likes going outside and playing well. Certainly with one of the squadrons, their performances are not due to a lack of hard work, will and desire.
& # 39; He certainly shows that, and if he were not, he would not be selected. & # 39; The recent record of Wales against the French is fantastic – winning eight of the last nine and all the tests in Cardiff since 2010.
For the most part, victories have come when they have kept their heads while everyone in France loses theirs. That has been a specific theme in the last two games.
In the sixties, Six Nations France was 16-0 at half-time and managed to donate Wales attempts and lost 24-19, and when in the World Cup quarter-final they were ahead before Seb Vahaamahina was sent for Wainwright's elbows in the face. They collapsed and Wales won with a point with a late attempt.
So despite winning their first two in the Six Nations, is there still a French brain explosion around the corner?
& # 39; I watched Antoine Dupont kick the ball over the dead-ball line with a minute over England , & # 39; said Pivac.
& # 39; Things like that don't help but I think they have some very good players.
& # 39; To win championships you must have world class players and they have a few, so they become very dangerous.
& # 39; This Saturday is a great test for both teams.
& # 39; For us it is to keep us alive in the championship and for France it is their first race away.
& # 39; We know we have better performance in us. & # 39;
& # 39; We certainly do not panic. They are minor adjustments & # 39 ;: Wales coach Wayne Pivac insists on patience after Ireland is defeated
France and former coach Shaun Edwards will visit Cardiff for two weeks
Wayne Pivac Patience evoked after he lost his first match in Wales and said that no major operation was needed to breathe new life into their Six Nations challenge.
A catalog of disastrous errors saw the Grand Slam champions first defeated in the championship since 2018.
Nick Tompkins missed a major tackle for Jordan Larmour's attempt, Tomos Williams dropped a ball falling on its own line that led to the score of Tadhg Furlong, Ken Owens missed an important lineout that eventually allowed Josh van der Flier to rattle into a maul and George North threw a flyout wide before Andrew Conway Ireland & # 39 fourth took late.
The non-execution of North was particularly alarming, but Pivac wanted to collect his outer-winged winger.
& # 39; You look more at the inaccurate pass, & # 39; he said late about North & # 39; s clanger
& # 39; He is thinking of going one-on-one late in the game trying to try to lengthen it field try. When you take a pass on your shoulder behind you, this is probably not the best pass.
& # 39; We will not blame George for that.
& # 39; We certainly do not panic. I think they are small adjustments. We are clearly frustrated with our performance – we now have a few weeks to think about it, so that we are a lot better.
& # 39; It is the beginning of a new era in many ways. We are in two games and are clearly disappointed because the players know that we are much better than that.
& # 39; It is a competition, no one has won it, it is not won after two rounds so we have to make sure that we continue to improve and against France we have a very good performance and we return to winning ways. & # 39; Williams and the always excellent Justin Tipuric scored attempts for Wales who believe that they are by no means ready in this competition, with France, England and Scotland to come.
Asked if he thought the champions could reclaim their title yet, flanker Tipuric said: & Of course, especially this year because there are so many good teams and everyone can turn someone over on a given day.
& # 39; It is a long tournament. We won't win the Grand Slam, but we still have a chance to win it.
& # 39; They are simple things – speed of breaking down, passing and catching the ball, and it is a long tournament. Everything can happen from now until the end.
& # 39; We & # 39; is still there and needs to learn from this game and keep getting better. & # 39; The last time Wales admitted four attempts or more and lost 10 points in a meaningful test was the last time they traveled to Dublin – lost 37-27 two years ago.
With France and former coach Shaun Edwards to Cardiff in fourteen days, Pivac knows that his new side must improve.
& # 39; We have mentioned that you must be more accurate with the ball, build more pressure, and build phases and not turn the ball after one or two, "he added.
"We have to be much more precise about what we do with the ball.
"I was impressed by the performance of France against England. They played very well with the ball in the first half and then defended very well in the second half. It was a great start for them. & # 39;
At least there is time for Josh Adams, who sustained a hip injury, and Dan Biggar, who had not passed an assessment of head injury, to recover for that competition.
Everton looks to Wigan Athletic ahead of Joe Gelhardt, with the 17-year-old dubbed & # 39; the next Wayne Rooney & # 39;
He played a number of times for Wigan's first team this season, but also performed very well in the youth team.
He has made several comparisons to Rooney for his pace and power in attack.
He has only one goal for the first team in his 12 appearances, which he scored against Hull in September, but has still impressed his performance.
Wigan has struggled so far this season, currently in 22nd place in the championship.
Meanwhile, Everton is getting closer to a spot in the Champions League thanks to their 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.
Chelsea was also interested in Gelhardt in the past, and now Everton is stepping up efforts to sign him.
He has also broken his way to England under the 18 side, and has appeared on the radar of a number of teams despite his young age.
The attributes of his past life include a driver who drives him from a rural village near Knutsford to the Derby County training ground. It is an early start – shortly after 7.30 a day to reach an inconspicuous suburb of East Midlands at 9 a.m. and to be on the training fields by 9:30 a.m. so the chance of some sleep en route.
But The world of Wayne Rooney is otherwise unrecognizable to everything he has known in football. No fans are waiting outside the training field in East Derby, as they did in Carrington Manchester United for 13 years. No merchandise carries its name in the club shop because Derby does not do a player-specific kit.
Last Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. while warming up in a freezing cold Pride Park, the funeral silence was interrupted by a loudly visiting contingent from League Two Northampton that sang a well-known and particularly unflattering song about him. That song was usually drowned out in Old Trafford.
The spotlight will be once again when, then unless Derby's victory over Northampton, Manchester United arrives at Pride Park for a FA Cup fifth round draw in 25 days.
He seems to enjoy the relative darkness that the world offers outside the Premier League. Just like in Washington, DC, when he stepped into Starbucks, ordering a flat white coffee and not being noticed was one of the new pleasures of life. It was his wife Coleen – who got up early to take the eldest of their four boys, Kai and Klay, to school, but then faced with endless empty days – who developed cabin fever and wanted to return to England.
advantages of that return are the relatively short 80-minute drive to Derby from Cheshire – the new Rooneys mansion is 10 minutes from the M6 - and some tried-and-tested British theme parks. After flying in at night and signing for Derby in August, he immediately returned to join the family in Chessington World of Adventures.
He expected that he would play for Frank Lampard – who was the manager when the first talks with him took place in June – and for a promotional challenge, as the club was sixth in the previous two seasons finished.
But Lampard left for Chelsea and left Rooney with a phone call to form an opinion about his successor Phillip Cocu. Sports director Luke Dowling of West Brom made a counter offer. Derby chairman Mel Morris says there was no attempt to negotiate wages up.
The challenges include none of the expected investments from Swiss-Turkish entrepreneur Henry Gabay, late payment of players' wages in December and the dismissal of the captain on his part in a drink-craze scandal. A new world in every way.
Derby employees are surprised by the efforts of Rooney. His MLS duties extended to the end of October last year, but at that time he watched all his new team's games and talked to Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett, both of whom were guilty of driving under the influence after a disastrous team bonding session in September.
By November, two months before he was contracted to join Derby, he appeared daily on the training field and regularly attended the second row of the home game on match days.
Above all, the 34-year-old is clearly desperate to play football, as always. The warm-ups before the game tell the story. Rooney kicks every ball, throws himself in the rondo's and, although now rarely seen in the penalty area, offers a pre-match shooting routine to enjoy those in Derby's South Stand.
He waits in line for the moment the ball is rolled his way and scores almost every time in the corner or in the post of a five-to-one goal. He misses another training session and has played 90 minutes of each Derby game bar.
It felt like a royal visit after he first entered the Moor Farm training base in a black Mercedes Viano with tinted windows on Monday, August 5 at 12 noon. . The academy players, who were the first team's training facility, heard & # 39; Roo-ney & # 39; sing while talking to staff in the training bistro where he now dines daily.
But every question about what kind of player-coach he is playing yields the same answer: about humility and a common touch. & # 39; Not a big time. & # 39; His appreciation for space, angles, trajectories, the ebb and flow of a competition and the exploitation of weakness are not something that he has ever had to explain. He does this without any superiority.
& # 39; He will have a conversation that is not related to football, form a connection and then, when he has something to say about a pass or positioning, it will come across, & # 39; says a source. Cocu has observed the same. "During a break in training or afterwards, when he has noticed something, he will go one step further and discuss the matter with the player," says Cocu. "But he must have got to know the player."
Rooney does not lead coaching sessions. The agreement with Cocu is that he will have the opportunity to participate in training, tactics and analysis in pre-match planning sessions. During the rest periods under Cocu, sometimes video clips are viewed through which the Dutchman, not the new player coach, talks the players through. But a transfer of knowledge takes place in full view, in the field.
In a 4-0 win over Stoke, Rooney pulled the strings and played the game in the role of the quarterback with barely perceptible gestures. On his instruction, 19-year-old Max Bird pulled a Stoke forward next to him in the defensive midfield and created space for a Derby pitcher who had no options. Another Rooney gesture saw Lawrence fractionally change his defensive position to make the corner harder for a Stoke free kick taker.
On Saturday, Rooney helped Derby to only win their second road league of the season with a 3-2 win over Swansea and received further praise from his manager.
"Wayne offers quality, a class player, he has character and can also provide a link between the technical staff and the players," Cocu said.
"If we discuss options on the field before the game, all I have to do is wave it and mention its name. He gives us something extra & # 39; s. He speaks a lot to the young players and gives us organization. He shows how to push and push and on which side. He offers experience, but also quality. "
Cocu says that Rooney reminds him a bit of Pep Guardiola, the player. And then there is his own football contribution. He always had a wonderful skill and vision when it came to finding a pass within a limited space. Sometimes in recent weeks his technical control has made the task look easy.
Stoke manager Michael O & # 39; Neill says: & # 39; He is hard to play against as he occasionally takes unnatural positions and drifts to areas that make it difficult to get up and press him to exercise.
& # 39; Sometimes he floats in an almost left rear position to get the ball that disturbs your form in an attempt to pressurize it. Top players know where space is and can find it. He has that extra half a second, that extra garden to play. & # 39;
His vulnerability to tempo is the challenge. He needs young legs around him to prevent Manchester United from exploiting it.
He starred in the quarterback role against Crystal Palace in the third round of the FA Cup, but was isolated as a No10 against Middlesbrough, who put two men on him.
The improvement in Bird & # 39; s game since Rooney arrived is Moor Farm's conversation, though it is Jason Knight, an 18-year-old Irish under-21 midfielder with aggression and presence, in whom Rooney is a part of seems to see itself.
Derby faces an EFL investigation into a possible violation of the rules of Financial Fair Play, so the club wants 50 percent of their team to be academics within a few years and has asked Cocu to implement a homogeneous playing style. that spans all teams.
They see Rooney as someone who can improve young players and convince parents that the club – with a path to the first team and the possibility of being in the same building as him – is a better option than, say , Aston Villa or Wolves. Academy and first team are strongly connected.
He is now the wise old man. The bushy beard is part of the persona. But the old tendency to go ballistic is still intact. Eyewitnesses describe him in the tunnel with the fourth official about the quality of the referee, Andy Davis, after a 3-2 way defeat by bottom club Luton last month.
"He is a shame," is the printable version of what Rooney said. "He wasn't happy," says midfielder Graeme Shinnie, describing what happened in the dressing room. "He was the first to speak and he did not hold back. We had to admit within a few minutes of scoring. He told us to keep the ball out for 10 minutes after you scored – that we should do better. & # 39;
The positive image has been shaken by the controversy surrounding the deal that brought him to the club. . One of Derby & rival champion clubs, Preston North End, indicated that Rooney's move was made possible when 32Red – who sponsors Preston, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Derby – told four clubs that they would make extra money available if they & # 39; flexible & # 39; could be & & # 39; creative & # 39 ;. This was the reason for Derby & # 39; s idea of a & # 39; star player clause & # 39; in which Rooney wears the No32 shirt.
All parties to the deal insist that Rooney be paid directly by the club and not by the gambling company, although it feels like a semantic distinction. Without the extra investment from the gambling company, Rooney would not be in Pride Park for a package of £ 100,000 a week.
His two layers of PR appearances – the traditional type of football for the club, which protect him against a good degree – and the promotional work for 32Red are handled by separate teams. There has been no direct contact between him and 32Red, all parties say.
The sponsor is certainly one of the more credible bookmakers. They released a promotional video in the middle of the first furore in which Rooney discussed his gambling problems. More publicity for them, but the messages were strong.
The person who is confronted with the most potential awkwardness in the midst of all this is Cocu, who had the right of veto about the arrival of Rooney as a player coach, but who you could not really imagine practicing
Derby had won one and lost four of their previous eight games when Rooney first played against Barnsley. The joke that went around that day was that he could be one of the few player coaches who got the best job after 90 minutes.
It helps that Cocu feels comfortable. He is the captain of Barcelona, speaks English, German and Spanish and the many products of his talent-seeking descent include Rooney & # 39; s former teammate Park Ji-sung at PSV.
Rooney seems to be looking at Cocu. His habit of jogging back to the dug-out for conversations with the manager when the team has just scored is noticeable. As Rooney has referred to Sir Alex Ferguson in recent months. Despite their differences, he seems to think that Sir Alex's philosophy is one to work from. "The great thing about joining United was Alex Ferguson. To play for Alex Ferguson, & he said recently.
or translated into a future in management is unclear. David Moyes was most struck by Rooney & # 39; s cognitive skills – his intelligence and communication skills – when the two started working together again, in United in the summer of 2013. Roy Hodgson has described the same qualities. However, some of the best players never make the leap.
Rooney has been striving for coaching qualifications for two years, although it remains unclear which. An FA instructor flew to the United States to monitor his progress. The idea of a future coaching role would have been given to him by Everton during his 18 months there.
Some will question the structure of the deal. Some will ask if he has what is needed. But Rooney, one of England's greatest players, didn't have to lead himself through the 7-hour routine. One of the jokes that did the rounds of the coaching staff at Derby last week was whether Rooney was "perhaps equipped for Manchester United". This requires a brave person.
Ireland: Jordan Larmour; Andrew Conway, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale; Johnny Sexton (c), Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rob Herring, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, James Ryan, Peter O & # 39; Mahony, Josh Van der Flier, CJ Stander.
Substitutions: Ronan Kelleher, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, Max Deegan, John Cooney, Ross Byrne, Keith Earls.
Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; George North, Nick Tompkins, Haldleigh Parkes, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Tomos Williams; Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Dillion Lewis; Jake Ball, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau.
Substitutions: Ryan Elias, Rhys Carre, Leon Brown, Adam Beard, Ross Moriarty, Gareth Davies, Jarrod Evans, Johnny McNicholloll.
Property: Ireland 54%, Wales: 46%
Area: : 56%, Wales: 44%
Missed Tackles: Ireland: 18, Wales: 16
The side of Andy Farrell led the way, then defended themselves for their lives and snapped for scores like Wales lost in this championship for the first time in nine games.
It was their last trip here in the Six Nations when Wales was defeated earlier – this was not the 37-27 seesaw competition of 2018, but was all grit, determination, and determination.
It was Jordan Larmour who sprinkled the star dust with an attempt from the first half, after which Tadhg Furlong broke a second between Tomos Williams & arrow for Wales.
Josh van der Flier fumbled for an attempt and Andrew Conway achieved the bonus point score with five minutes to go.
Ireland: Lamour, Conway, Henshaw, Aki, Stockdale, Sexton, Murray, Healy, Herring, Furlong, Henderson, Ryan, O & # 39; Mahony, van der Flier, Stander
Tries: Lamour, Furlong, van der Flier, Conway Disadvantages: Sexton (2)
Wales: Halfpenny, North, Tompkins, Parkes, Adams, Biggar, Williams, Jones, Owens, Lewis, Ball, Jones, Wainwright, Tipuric, Faletau
Tries: Williams, Tipuric Cons: Biggar, Halfpenny
And aside from Justin Tipruic's consolation score, Wales was wasteful when they besieged the Irish line and the green machine kept strong and then undefeated with England.
Alun Wyn Jones hoped that the predictors who had said that Storm Ciara would collapse would have a Michael Fish moment and they had it.
Windy, at least at pitch level – with Wales initially fighting against it – but there was not a single drop of rain that fell on this green strip in Dublin.
Wales played with early intention, but little accuracy to their attempt, and Ireland largely held it in the narrow stages with a few trips wide to show that they were trying to evolve under Andy Farrell.
When they used their broad men that it had paid off. Trapped in a stalemate after 20 minutes, with Justin Tipuric and CJ Stander fighting for the impulses to spoil the others' momentum, Ireland slowly went through their short punches in the Welsh 22.
They almost crawled with it to a standstill until Conor Murray bubbled a ball to the hot Larmour kick that lit the Aviva Stadium.
With England firing bombs on their championship rivals, and Scotland reacting with talk about & # 39; hate & # 39 ;, new-boy Pivac finds mud puddles before the game all a bit unnecessary.
Wales & journeys to Ireland are hardly any occasions where teams of daisies stick each other's hair – but worldly Wayne does not feel the need to throw a Eddie Jones -like grenades .
& # 39; Hate is a pretty strong word & # 39 ;, said the former Auckland buyer, 57. & # 39; I don't think that is necessary .
& # 39; We talk about stepping into the trenches and all teams do that. Players usually reflect what they hear from coaching staff.
& # 39; Yes, it is a contact sport, it is a gladiator sport and you must have the mindset right. I think we all know who hates who and who loves who.
& # 39; No matter who the opposition is, we have work to do and that is trying to win. I think everyone below it is about the same. & # 39;
After the takeover of Warren Gatland – whose team revealed in the gravel and horror of these days off – Pivac hopes that his Wales side is still the same among the attacking layers he is trying to add.
] "I don't think these players would have changed much by changing the coaches in terms of how they approach a game, mentality, and physicality," he added.
"I think it gets the mental side of the game and the physical side of the game are married and we can do what we do at home if we play away for a man from one to 23.
& # 39; That is the challenge for us, but I think we have clearly said all along that we want to evolve the attack, but it must be a logical approach to it.
& # 39; If circumstances require, we also have to win games through an arm wrestling and this team has been very good at that in the past. & # 39; Storm Ciara will bring 40 km / h and rain to Dublin on Saturday, so Pivac faces a much more physical challenge in Wales than their glitter and glamor show against Italy.
Ireland is very strong, he said. "We have to bring a physical lead into the game.
" My experience at a lower level with the Scarlets against Leinster – which was full of Irish players – and when you play like Munster and Ulster if you don't have that physicality brings you in second place.
& # 39; They are very good at sharpening teams, moving forward and as soon as they move forward, penalties tend to come.
& # 39; They have a good set-piece that puts pressure on. They go on the sidelines and get the ride and then it's déjà-vu.
& # 39; It was a fun week and you can see that it is a bigger game than last week just because of the players' reaction. That is without us poking them. & # 39;
For Saturday's game between two of the three undefeated teams remaining after the first round of Six Nations games, Pivac has made one change.
In comes in the form of Nick Tompkins center for Johnny McNicholl, while George North returns to his more famous wing home.
On the 24-year-old Saracens, who scored the last weekend off the bench, Pivac said: & I thought he played very well and we think he deserves a chance, so that's what he deserves gets.
[1 9459002] "What the public saw on the field at the weekend, we have seen it every day in training and the way he behaves outside the field, he is a true professional.
" For a young man but he is an experienced professional. He treats himself very well. He is very impressive.
& # 39; I hope he starts as well as he got off the couch. & # 39; The Tompkins family are now all flying to Dublin for its first start.
& # 39; They were not meant to fly to Ireland, but they are all coming now & he said. Even my (English) father's side – it was great to see him wearing a Wales shirt last week! That was the best thing.
& # 39; My brother was also wearing a shirt – and I think my father was crying! Wales has always been part of my family life – my grandmother always got in my ear to play for Wales. & # 39;
There are major changes on the bench, with Rhys Carré, Adam Beard, Gareth Davies, Owen Williams in for Rob Evans, Cory Hill – who has a blow – Rhys Webb and Jarrod Evans.
Wales wants a first win in Ireland since 2012 in this tournament – but it is hardly a matter of life or death.
Wales Team Against Ireland : Halfpenny; North, Tompkins, Parkes, Adams; Biggar, T. Williams; W Jones, Owens, Lewis, Ball, AW Jones (c), Wainwright, Tipuric, Faletau.
Substitutions : Elias, Carré, Brown, Beard, Moriarty, G Davies, The Williams, McNicholl.
Derby County 4-2 Northampton Town: Wayne Rooney scores in easy win to help hosts set up FA Cup fifth round draw with his old side Manchester United
He was integral to delivering it – engineering things from the quarter role that gives him time and space, then delivering a flat, low near the corner of the post that caused chaos in the defense of Northampton and his teammate Andre Wisdom allowed his team to send ahead.
There will be challenges for him when the side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrives here. He has no pace in abundance. Even Andy Williams, the 33-year-old midfielder of the League Two side, proved that point shortly when Northampton started well.
Wayne Rooney was on the Derby competition form to help set up a FA Cup tie with Man United
EQUAL FACTS AND PLAYER REVIEWS
Derby County (4-2-3-1): Rose 6; Wisdom 7, Davies 6.4, Clarke 6, Malone 6; Rooney 7.5, Shinnie 6.5; Martin 6.5 Waghorn 84), Holmes 6 (Knight 70 6), Lawrence; Marriott 8 (Sibley 77).
Subs not used: Ravas, Forsyth, Bogle, Bird
Targets: Wisdom 28, Holmes 35, Marriott 51, Rooney 77 (pen) )
Northampton Town (3-4-1-2): Cornell 5.5; Harriman 6, Goode 5.5, Wharton 6; Hoskins 6, Lines 5.5 (Pollock 58, 6), Watson 6.5, Adams 6 (Martin 61, 5.5); Anderson 6; Williams 6, Oliver 5.5 (Warburton 46).
Subs not used: Arnold, Hall-Johnson, Roberts, Chukwuemeka
Goals : Adams 47, Hoskins 84 (pen)
Referee: D Webb (Lancashire) 7
But Rooney & # 39; s 40-meter visionary pass that Jack Marriott forwarded at target moments later revealed the two sides of his microcosm play. Derby took advantage of that opportunity, but wisdom was decisive. His goal was his first since he found the net against Young Boys in 2012 for Brendan Rodgers & Liverpool.
It is 50 years ago that Northampton, who arrived undefeated in nine, last played in the fifth round and lost 8-3 to United at home in a mud bath when George Best scored six. The chances of a revenge task decreased when Duane Holmes doubled Derby's lead up close.
Northampton withdrew a goal a minute after the break when Nicky Adams met Paul Anderson's cross with a first shot. But Marriott departed from Chris Martin & # 39; s cross despite the desperate efforts of David Cornell
Curtis Davies saw Williams convert a punishment. But by then, Rooney had packed things up after Scott Wharton had polluted Tom Lawrence. It was his third goal in consecutive games. Since his departure, he has faced his old team twice, lost twice and admitted six to Everton. Wild horses would not like him a final signature.