Dragons’ flanker Taine Basham was the lone try scorer for defending Six Nations champions Wales in their 29-7 reverse at the hands of Ireland.
Basham, who leads the EPCR Challenge Cup in ‘defenders beaten’ with 17, dotted down a late consolation after Ireland had taken a 29-0 lead through a quartet of tries from Munster Rugby’s Andrew Conway (2), Connacht Rugby’s Bundee Aki and Leinster Rugby’s Garry Ringrose.
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At Murrayfield Stadium, London Irish scrum-half Ben White came on as an early replacement in Scotland’s 20-17 Calcutta Cup victory over England and scored a debut try.
White, who has appeared in three of London Irish’s four EPCR Challenge Cup games this season, scored one of two tries for the Scottish – the other a penalty try.
England responded with 17 points from Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith, but a late Finn Russell (Racing 92) penalty was the difference maker in a thrilling Six Nations opener.