WALES’ women are still chasing their first points of the Warren Abrahams era after they slipped to a crushing 45-0 defeat to Ireland at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday.

Eimear Considine and Beibhinn Parsons both crossed twice for the visiting team, with Sene Naoupu also scoring to give the Irish a 31-0 half-time lead.

Wales improved in the second half, but Ireland's Dorothy Wall burrowed over and Hannah Tyrrell ran in late on to seal a convincing win.

Wales remain without a win in the Championship since beating Ireland in the final round of the 2019 tournament, and having also lost heavily 53-0 out in France.

Head coach Warren Abrahams said he was bitterly disappointed with the results so far, but is confident that Wales have the players to turn it around.

“There’s some incredible lessons in there, and hopefully it will make us better as a team going forward,” said Abrahams.

“We all need to go and critically review ourselves both as a collective and individually.

"I need to do that myself and my coaching team, management, and players, all of us.

“It just wasn’t good enough, but I believe in this squad. I’ve seen how they train, and I’ve seen the potential we have in this squad.

“We just need to keep believing, these tough moments will definitely bring us closer together as a group and the key thing is if we learn from these tough lessons, keep developing, and keep progressing then hopefully we can turn this around.”

Abrahams insisted that he won’t be afraid to make big changes ahead of their Six Nations play-off clash in two weeks’ time, with a number of young players having impressed him.

“We’ve got to go and look at every bit of detail from our preparation, from our practice design, our tactical approach to the game and each individual,” he commented.

"We’ve got to go and look at it and we’ve got to figure out if it needs to be a different blend or not.

“It’s my responsibility as head coach to look at where we got it wrong, and turn it around as quickly as possible. If it means we’ve got to make some changes then so be it.

“There’s some good young players in this squad we are excited about for the future.”

Wales will finish bottom of Pool B and will now contest a 5/6th place play-off on 24 April with either Italy or Scotland, who face each other in Glasgow next weekend.