Six Nations

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Kick-off local time : Sat, 22 February 2014 - 16h00
Kick-off : Sat, 22 February 2014 - 18h00
Venue : London
Referee : Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Match status : Result
  England Ireland
Tries Rob Kearney (41min)
Penalties Owen Farrell (24min) and Owen Farrell (54min) Jonathan Sexton (49min)
Conversions Owen Farrell (57min) Jonathan Sexton (42min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
Minute Commentary


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Ireland chew off 20m through a Sexton penalty. They have no choice but to run but England hold up the ball and that's it! FULL-TIME at Twickers, England edge Ireland 13-10 in a thriller!


O'Driscoll puts Dave Keanrey into space but the end result is a turnover by Burrell and a kick that finds touch in the Ireland 22.


May kicks and chases and Sexton starts a counterattack from inside his 22. Ireland edge their way up field, up to halfway. The ball is dislodged in the tackle and Care chips into the 22 so Ireland are back where they started ...


Ireland try to milk a penalty with a driving maul only for Murray to spill the ball.


Sexton kicks and so does May and we're back on halfway as Murphy comes on for his first cap.


England are clinical in clearing their line, Brown finding touch on halfway.


D'Arcy goes on the charge from the scrum. England defend bravely and force a maul/turnover.


It's a massive scrum by Ireland and they win a feed into the next scrum on the attacking 22.


Ireland string together several phases with O'Driscoll spinning out of a tackle. The continuity opens space to the right but Sexton knocks on.


Ireland win the kicking duel as Nowell slices his kick straight into touch.


Morgan bursts through a tackle and Nowell shows good leg strength to drive forward before a knock-on by Lawes puts paid to the sequence.


England set-up the driving maul but quickly peel off. Ireland stand firm on defence and forces a maul to win a scrum feed. They set up two phases before Rob Kearney finds touch.


Launchbury wins his second breakdown penalty - on the fleet-footed Rob Kearney. Farrell's kick for touch is a great one.


Care reads the play well, sweeping to field a Sexton chip and finding touch off the left boot.


Care completes a sublime team TRY! It all started with an offload to Brown who cantered ahead and timed his pass to Care to perfection. Farrell adds the CONVERSION!


England are right back in the 22 and Burrell is stopped a metre short after a quick tap. They have an overlap on the right but go left. They get a PENALTY, which Farrell pops over, but it could have been a try.


Ireland thwart an English attack, winning a penalty inside their 22 to relieve the pressure.


Ireland get the driving maul going and Lawes is pinged, which sees Sexton extend the lead with his first PENALTY!


Ireland get the scrum penalty and take it quickly. They kick for the corner where May passes to Brown. The pass is much too hard and bounces into touch off Brown.


It's a quick ball off the top of the line-out and Sexton flings a cut out pass out wide but it's forwards.


Ireland make 15m with a driving maul before England sack it and concede a penalty.


Nowell pushes an Irish player out of the way, gifting Ireland a line-out on the 22. Rob Kearney runs at pace and at a great angle and he's clean through! TRY! Sexton adds the CONVERSION! What a start to the second stanza!


It's anyone's game as Sexton starts the second half!


England set up the driving maul but it's stopped in its tracks. Burrell joins the line at speed only to knock-on and Ireland clear, so that's HALF-TIME! England lead 3-0 after a frenetic first half.


May and Nowell combine on the counterattack from an aimless kick by Trimble and Ireland are caught offside.


May has Ireland at sixes and sevens as England return to the 22 where Ireland get the scrum feed. Finishing letting the hosts down at this stage. Vunipola unfortunately departs through injury, Morgan filling the void.


Ireland are pinged at a scrum in a kickable position but Farrell misses off the upright.


The Ireland backs make easy ground into the 22 from the scrum. Scrappy play sees Rob Kearney go for a wobbly old drop that's well wide.


England concede a free kick at the scrum and spread the ball wide. They come back in field, where Launchbury pinches a turnover only for the hosts to knock-on.


Ireland go wide but because they drift across field they are forced to try to keep the ball in play with a speculative offload, which is knocked on.


Farrell nails the PENALTY and England draw first blood!


Lawes is taken out in the line-out and Farrell lines up a long-range kick.


Sexton goes for a crosskick again, this time to Dave Kearney, but Nowell is wise to it and fields it easily.


Burrell bashes over the gainline from the line-out. England attack with direct running, which come back to hurt them as the ball is dislodged. Murray kicks down field where Nowell is waiting but he knocks on. Farrell took Murray out late and with no arms so it's an Ireland penalty.


Best is blown up and just like that England go from 22 to 22.


Sexton finds Trimble with a deft crosskick inside the 22. He flicks to Rob Kearney is support and he's brought down just short. England hang on as Farrell wins a penalty.


May displays some fancy footwork but Heaslip poaches the ball and England are blown up at the breakdown.


Ireland's forwards power into the 22 where Rob Kearney puts it on the toe but it rolls dead.


Ireland win a breakdown penalty so they weather the early storm.


Sexton clears after some immense pressure by England.


The elusive Brown makes his first linebreak, taking England into the 22. England suck in the defence with great phase play. May dives over in the right-hand corner but knocks on before he can dot down - good defence by Murray and company.


O'Driscoll makes excellent ground with his first run but Ireland run out of space down the left.


Toner catches the kick-off but he's held up so it's an early scrum for England. Ireland steamroll the hosts and earn a penalty.


Farrell gets us underway!


Both teams have made just two changes, Wilson and Ford coming into the front row and onto the bench for England. Ireland have retained the starting XV who thumped Wales, with Henderson and Murphy included on the bench.


Ireland last won at Twickers in 2010, their last visit – in 2012 – seeing them suffer a 9-30 hammering. Ireland, though, have won six of the last 10 Six Nations encounters between the sides.


Ireland are the only remaining unbeaten team in the competition but they face a litmus test in England at Twickers tonight. England are 1-1 and are playing to stay in title contention, so they will come out guns blazing.


Welcome to our build up to the crunch Twickenham clash between England and Ireland to close out Round Three of the Six Nations.
15 Mike Brown
14 Anthony Watson
13 Brad Barritt
12 Billy Twelvetrees
11 Jonny May
10 George Ford
9 Ben Youngs
8 Ben Morgan
7 Chris Robshaw
6 Tom Wood
5 Courtney Lawes
4 Dave Attwood
3 David Wilson
2 Dylan Hartley
1 Joe Marler

23 Marland Yarde
22 Owen Farrell
21 Richard Wigglesworth
20 James Haskell
19 George Kruis
18 Kieran Brookes
17 Matt Mullan
16 Rob Webber
15 Rob Kearney
14 Tommy Bowe
13 Rob Henshaw
12 Gordon D'Arcy
11 Simon Zebo
10 Jonathan Sexton
9 Conor Murray
8 Jamie Heaslip
7 Rhys Ruddock
6 Peter O'Mahony
5 Paul O'Connell
4 Devin Toner
3 Mike Ross
2 Rory Best
1 Jack McGrath

23 Felix Jones
22 Ian Madigan
21 Eoin Reddan
20 Tommy O'Donnell
19 Dave Foley
18 Rodney Ah You
17 Dave Kilcoyne
16 Sean Cronin