Wales easily triumphed over a disappointing Irish side by 22-10 in the rugby world cup quarter final in Auckland, New Zealand.

The result was a shattering disappointment for an Irish team that had been fancied to go all the way to the final but who were outclassed and outplayed on the day.

Line out problems as well as a poor performance by key player, outhalf Ronan O'Gara meant the Irish team was always coming from behind as Wales seemed more committed and ready for the challenge.

Indeed, Wales should have won by more they spent most of the second half camped inside the Irish half and Priestland missed several easy shots at goal.

This was a shattering blow for Ireland who had defeated mighty Australia in their group and were widely expected to advance.

The defeat may end the careers of Irish legends such as Ronan O'Gara and possibly Brian O'Driscoll (pictured)