Saturday’s Rugby League European Championship clash between Ireland and Wales at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray at 5pm has now become a crucial match in the tournament following Wales’ victory over France in Cardiff at the weekend.
In a repeat of last years penultimate fixture in the competition the Wolfhounds head into the game knowing that they could be crowned European Champions if they beat their opponents by a sufficient scoreline. For Mark Aston’s side the magic number is 15 as this is the number of points they must defeat the Welsh by to put them in top place. If France then loss to Scotland Ireland will be crowned European Champions.
Following an opening defeat to France in Albi, Aston’s side then travelled to Scotland where they were victorious in Galashiels with a 24-22 scoreline.
Now all eyes will be on Bray as a win for Wales will see them secure the tournament with a 100% record. However, as mentioned above Ireland can spoil the Welsh party, much like the Welsh did last year when Ireland were set to win the tournament only to be denied on points difference following a late intercept try in Wrexham.
Tickets for the game are priced at €10 for adults and €20 for a family ticket are still on sale via Ticketmaster.ie and are also available at the gate on the day.