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Ireland

Six Nations | Twickenham Stadium
14:45 (GMT) | 17-03-2018
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Farrell fails to add the extras and that brings the game to an end. Stay tuned for Wales vs France on Rugby365
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Johnny May scores a consolation try for the English as they go wide from the penalty
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The English make an error that sees them lose a couple of meters but a penalty is awarded to them
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Free-kick won at the scrum and England taps it quickly but the Irish defense refuses to give up
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Ireland secures their line-out ball but the English counter rucks them off their ball. Penalty awarded to England for offside play and they opt for the scrum
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England still edging closer as Mike Brown gets the ball in space but the Irish defense manages another try-saving tackle as they win a line-out on their own 5
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The Irish looks to attack the blindside after the line-out but they are tackled into touch. England speeding up play as they take the line-out quicker and spread the ball wide
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The English win a penalty and they tap it quickly as they try to catch out the Irish. The Irish defense holds up and they win a scrum.Penalty at the scrum for the visitors and they opt for touch
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England with ball in hand deep inside their own half as they look to get a few phases going. England opts to kick and Kearney runs it back
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Ireland wins a penalty for foul play by England's Joe Marler. Ireland opts for goal about 45m out but Joey Carbery's kick just slices across the left upright
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At the return of play the Irish get possession and they spread the ball to the left wing but Stockdale is tackled into touch
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Owen Farrell fails to add the extras
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England spreads the ball wide and Daly gets it in space after some good work by Mike Brown. Elliot Dally scores his 2nd try of the night
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England runs the ball back as they manage to put together a few phases. They win a penalty at the breakdown and opt for touch
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After the restart England gets hand on ball and they spread the ball wide to Daly who puts in a stab kick but the ball goes over the try line and is dotted down by Keith Earls. Irish 22 drop-out
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Connor Murray taking over the kicking duties slots his 1st kick of the night
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The away team sets the ball up in the in the midfield. The Ref plays advantage for not rolling at the ruck. No advantage and the ref goes back and awards the penalty.
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Ireland wins a penalty at the breakdown when play returns and they opt for touch
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Ireland with ball in hand and looking to build a couple of phases but play comes to a stop due to a serious injury to Bandi Aki
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England with ball in hand but the Irish defense are all over them and the Irish forces a turnover and the ball is kicked down the left flank. England secures the ball and clears
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Ireland gets their rolling maul going but they are penalized for truck and trailor
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The Irish win a penalty at the scrum and opt for touch. They set the ball up wide before they opt for the kick and apply pressure. England manages onto the ball and clear
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Scrum reset for Ireland
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Irish line-out still inside their own half and they clear. Johnny May fields the ball out of the air. England looks to build an attack again but a handling error stops their momentum.
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England edging closer but they get penalized for an illegal cleanout at the ruck and the pressure is relieved for the Irish who kicks into touch
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Ireland clears from the line-out but the English run it back inside the Irish 22
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The ball goes wide as Farrell swings it to Daly but Keith Earls makes a try-saving tackle and Ireland gets a line-out on their own 5
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England with ball in hand and edging closer as they play a couple of phases.
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Owen Farrell gets the 2nd half on the way with a deep kick-off. The Irish secure the ball and clears. England runs it back before Elliot Daly kicks the ball into touch

Half Time

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Sexton add the extras
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The Irish bashing the ball up as they play phase after phase. Jacob Stockdale puts in a kick and chases the ball down to score. The Ref goes upstairs to check whether the ball was knocked on but the try is awarded
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Touch found on their own 10 and they Irish win another penalty. This time Itoje is penalized for playing the man in the air. The away team opts for touch again
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Free-kick won at the scrum by the Irish and they opt for another scrum. Penalty won by the Irish at the scrum and they opt for touch
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Both teams having a go at each other leading up to the final few minutes of the half. Ireland wins a scrum on their own 22
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Farrell fails to add the extras
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England manages to spark another attack that brings them inches out from goal. Farrell puts in a kick behind the Irish defense in the goal area and Elliot Daly collects and scores
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The home team opts for touch once again but this time round they make a meal of their line-out ball and the Irish clears and relieves the pressure
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England opts for touch again and this time a yellow card is awared to Peter O'Mahony for taking down the English maul illegally
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The Irish is penalized again at the line-out and England opts for touch. They fail to get their rolling maul going but the ball is turned by the Irish and then again by England before they win a penalty
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England responds with an attack of their own after the restart as they spread the ball across the park but the Irish defense holds strong. England wins a penalty as Aki is penalised for leading with the shoulder in a tackle. England opts for touch
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Sexton converts to add the extras
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Ireland sparks an attack that sees CJ Stander get close. He scores against the post and the Ref goes upstairs to check. Try is awrded
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Ireland wins a penalty in front of goal and opt for the 3 points. Sexton's kick is off the posts. England clears and the Irish runs it back
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England gets a couple of phases going but they lose the ball in contact and the Irish punces on it and looks to counter
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A number of scrum resets before England wins a penalty at the scrum and opt for touch
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Ireland on the attack and looking dangerous as Bandi Aki finds a gap. They set it up in the midfield but a handling error brings play to a stop. Scrum for the home team deep inside their own half
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Ireland on the attack and looking dangerous as Bandi Aki finds a gap. They set it up in the midfield but a handling error brings play to a stop. Scrum for the home team deep inside their own half
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Farrell tries to clear from inside their own half but the ball bounces back of one of his own players and the ref awards a scrum to Ireland for accidental offside
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Ireland clears but the ref brings play back to a penalty for the away team on their own 22. Ireland finds touch close to the halfway line. Free-kick won at the line-out and the Irish taps quickly and runs. They spread it wide before the ball is lost
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Scrum reset
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England tries to get their rolling maul going 20m out but the Irish defense forces a turnover scrum
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At the return of play the Irish clears and England runs it back before the resort to kick. England wins a penalty in good kicking position and they opt for touch
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Sexton adds the extras
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Ireland kicks the ball high to test Anthony Watson he fails to field the ball and Garry Ringrose pounces on it and scores. The ref goes upstairs to check and the try is awarded
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Penalty for the Irish as Owen Farrell takes out Rob Kearney in the air. The Irish opt for touch
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Johnny Sexton gets the game on the way with a relatively deep kick-off. Maro Itoje fields and sets it up. England clears and the Irish runs it back. Both teams look to make use of the boot as they look for territory
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The players are doing their final preparations before taking the field to sing their respective National Anthems. Referee Angus Gardner will be officiating this match
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Players to look out for in the England line-up will have to be Jonny May, Owen Farrell and Chris Robshaw while the Irish will expect strong performances by Rob Kearney, Conor Murray and Christiaan Stander
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Ireland can complete a Grand Slam for only the third time in their history, but must overcome reigning champions England on their own ground to claim a Six Nations clean sweep. Ireland's victory over Scotland in Dublin last weekend wrapped up the Six Nations title and moved Joe Schmidt's side above their final-round opponents into second place in the world rankings. But with the World Cup in Japan only 18 months away, Saturday's game - on St Patrick's Day - is set to be a key test of their credentials for the tournament. fortnight ago the rugby world would have expected an English victory, but then Scotland and France happened, while Ireland have been striving. The only thing counting in England's favour right now is the Twickenham factor, while for Ireland wouldn't it just be fitting to celebrate a Grand Slam victory on St Patrick's Day?
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Welcome to Twickenham, London where England will play Ireland in this Six Nations clash
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Anthony Watson
  • 14 Jonny May
  • 13 Jonathan Joseph
  • 12 Ben Te'o
  • 11 Elliot Daly
  • 10 Owen Farrell
  • 9 Richard Wigglesworth
  • 8 Sam Simmonds
  • 7 James Haskell
  • 6 Chris Robshaw
  • 5 George Kruis
  • 4 Maro Itoje
  • 3 Kyle Sinckler
  • 2 Dylan Hartley
  • 1 Mako Vunipola
RESERVES
  • 23 Mike Brown
  • 22 George Ford
  • 21 Danny Care
  • 20 Don Armand
  • 19 Joe Launchbury
  • 18 Dan Cole
  • 17 Joe Marler
  • 16 Jamie George
START LINE UP
  • 15 Rob Kearney
  • 14 Keith Earls
  • 13 Garry Ringrose
  • 12 Bundee Aki
  • 11 Jacob Stockdale
  • 10 Johnny Sexton
  • 9 Conor Murray
  • 8 Christiaan Stander
  • 7 Dan Leavy
  • 6 Peter O'Mahony
  • 5 Iain Henderson
  • 4 James Ryan
  • 3 Tadhg Furlong
  • 2 Rory Best
  • 1 Cian Healy
RESERVES
  • 23 Jordan Larmour
  • 22 Joey Carbery
  • 21 Kieran Marmion
  • 20 Jordi Murphy
  • 19 Devin Toner
  • 18 Andrew Porter
  • 17 Jack McGrath
  • 16 Sean Cronin
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PREVIEW: England v Ireland

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:28

SIX NATIONS, ROUND FIVE: Ireland will hope they have saved their "best for last" as they bid to win just their third Grand Slam 70 years to the week since they completed their first by beating England at Twickenham on Saturday.

In 1948, a Jack Kyle-inspired team swept all before them in the old Five Nations, while in 2009 it was a side starring another all-time great in Brian O'Driscoll that achieved a Six Nations Grand Slam.  

Ireland arrive at Twickenham for the St Patrick's Day clash on an all-time national record of 11 successive Test wins - a sequence that started when they denied England a Grand Slam last year.

England will kick-off on the back of successive away defeats by Scotland and France, but they have yet to lose at home under coach Eddie Jones.

They've won their last 15 Tests at Twickenham and haven't suffered a Six Nations defeat at 'headquarters' since losing 12-19 to Wales in 2012 under Jones' predecessor, Stuart Lancaster.

But as coach Joe Schmidt said after Ireland wrapped up their third Six Nations title in five years under his guidance with a 28-8 win at home to Scotland last weekend: "History doesn't protect you from the future".

Schmidt had already had many great days with Ireland, including overseeing their first win in history against his native New Zealand.

But the former Leinster boss was in no doubt about the significance of a Grand Slam, saying: "I work with these young men who go out and do an incredibly difficult job and work very hard. It would give me incredible satisfaction to see that rewarded,"

Ireland captain Rory Best and fullback Rob Kearney are the only survivors from the 2009 team, with Best saying: "We're going to have to save the best for last, and that's what it's going to take to win."

But while Schmidt has made just the one change to his side, recalling lock Iain Henderson, Jones has responded to losing back-to-back matches for the first time as England coach by making seven personnel changes and an additional three positional switches.

The most eye-catching sees Owen Farrell move from his regular England position of inside centre to flyhalf, where he plays for European club champions Saracens, in place of the dropped George Ford.

Richard Wigglesworth, who plays alongside Farrell at London club Saracens, starts at scrumhalf instead of Danny Care following a 16-22 loss to France in Paris, while injuries to Nathan Hughes and Courtney Lawes have led to an enforced rejigging of the back-row forwards.

But whether the new half-back combination can revive England's often ponderous attack or the new loose-forward trio solve the team's longstanding breakdown problems remains to be seen.

Fit-again England captain Dylan Hartley returns at hooker after a calf injury kept him out of the France game.

Recent defeats have cast doubt on England's chances of winning next year's World Cup in Japan but Hartley said: "We are still a good team. Two losses don’t mean we are not a good team,"

The often slim difference between success and failure was summed up by the astounding 41-phase move that led to the last-ditch Jonathan Sexton drop-goal saw Ireland secure a come-from-behind win over France in their tournament opener - a kick without which Ireland's Grand Slam dreams would have been dashed first-up.

Flyhalf Sexton is not the only dangerman among Ireland's backs, with wing Jacob Stockdale having already scored six tries this Championship and so equalled the record for the most in a single Six Nations era-season.

Amid everything else, Jones found himself apologising for referring to Ireland as "scummy" after a video of a talk he gave to corporate sponsors last year re-emerged.

"Ireland are preparing for a Grand Slam, they don't need any extra motivation," said Jones when asked about the possible impact of his crude comments, while Schmidt said they had not disturbed the "bubble" that surrounds his squad.

Players to watch:

For England: Returning to the number 10 jersey, Owen Farrell is always a lethal weapon for his side. He is a player with vision and his excellent goal-kicking adds extra value to his persona as a player. In the pack, Maro Itoje - who have been flat in recent games - could use this game to rejuvenate his performance.  

For Ireland:  Conor Murray is always one to keep a close eye on. The scrumhalf could be labelled as one of the best in Europe with his decisive box kick and ability to dictate the game.  Try-scoring machine Jacob Stockdale has been superb form lately. In the forwards, CJ Stander always delivers a brute force performance.

Head to head: The most obvious battle is at flyhalf. England's Owen Farrell takes on Ireland's Jonathan Sexton. Both master class acts in their positions. Up front, the battle between captains Dylan Hartley and Rory Best at hooker is also a facet of the match will be vital. While the loose trio battle - Sam Simmonds, James Haskell, and Chris Robshaw against  CJ Stander, Dan Leavy and Peter O’Mahony will be a fascinating challenge.     

Recent results:

2017: Ireland won 13-9, Aviva Stadium
2016: England won 21-10, London
2015: England won 21-13, London
2015: Ireland won 19-9, Dublin
2014: England won 13-10, London
2013: England won 12-6, Dublin
2012: England won 30-9, London
2011: England won 20-9, Dublin
2011: Ireland won 24-8, Dublin
2010: Ireland won 20-16, London
2009: Ireland won 14-13, Dublin

Prediction: A fortnight ago the rugby world would have expected an English victory, but then Scotland and France happened, while Ireland have been striving. The only thing counting in England's favour right now is the Twickenham factor, while for Ireland wouldn't it just be fitting to celebrate a Grand Slam victory on St Patrick's Day? It is going to close encounter but, Ireland will win this by three.

Teams:

England: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Jonny May, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Ben Te'o, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 James Haskell, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Dylan Hartley (captain), 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Don Armand, 21 Danny Care, 22 George Ford, 23 Mike Brown.

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Christiaan Stander, 7 Dan Leavy, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Iain Henderson, 4 James Ryan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best (captain), 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Devin Toner, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour.

Date: Saturday, March 17
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 14.45 (14.45 GMT)
Expected weather conditions: Rain and snow are expected in London. A high of 1°C and a low of -1°C.  
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Nigel Owens (Wales)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

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VIDEO: Irish seal historic Grand Slam

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:15

SIX NATIONS MATCH REPORT: Ireland painted Twickenham green as they recorded Grand Slam glory with a 24-15 win over England.

Some 70 years to the week since they completed their first Slam in the old Five Nations, Ireland had another, having also swept all before them in the 2009 Six Nations.

Ireland's forwards repeatedly forced turnovers against a new-look England pack and they all but had the game wrapped up when they led 21-5 at half-time.

Ireland put themselves in sight of St Patrick's Day glory in the opening 40 minutes thanks to converted tries from Garry Ringrose, CJ Stander and Jacob Stockdale to one unconverted try from England's Elliot Daly.

Conor Murray's penalty on the hour-mark nudged Ireland, who kicked off having already won the Six Nations title, further in front at a cold and snowy Twickenham.

Daly scored his second try of the match in the 65th minute and fellow wing Jonny May went over deep into stoppage time but it was not enough to deny Ireland the first win at Twickenham since 2010.

Victory saw Ireland extend their national record-winning streak to 12 Tests - a sequence that started when they denied deposed champions England a Grand Slam in Dublin last year.

By contrast, this result meant England had lost three Six Nations matches in a row for the first time since 2006.

It was also their first Twickenham defeat under Eddie Jones after a run of 14 straight home wins since the Australian coach took over after their first-round exit on home soil at the 2015 World Cup.

It also represented their first Six Nations loss at home since a 19-12 defeat by Wales six years under Stuart Lancaster, Jones' predecessor.

Ireland kicked off having already secured their third Six Nations title in five years under Kiwi coach Joe Schmidt.

By contrast, England came into the game on the back of successive away defeats by Scotland and France, with Jones making 10 changes to his starting XV following last week's 16-22 loss in Paris.

England dominated territory in the early stages but a late tackle by Owen Farrell moved from inside centre to flyhalf in place of the dropped George Ford, on Ireland fullback Rob Kearney allowed the visitors to kick a relieving penalty.

Ireland won the ensuing line-out and star flyhalf Jonathan Sexton hoisted a huge high kick - known as a Garryowen after the Irish club that pioneered the tactic - which was dropped on his own line by England fullback Anthony Watson and Ringrose touched down.

Sexton, whose last-ditch drop-goal secured Ireland's win over France in their tournament opener, converted after the try was confirmed by the television match official.

Ireland made it 14-0 in the 24th minute.  Tadhg Furlong's fine pass found inside centre Bundee Aki and he burst clear before releasing Stander, with the No 8 forcing his way over from close range.

Aki escaped a yellow card for a high tackle on Daly, referee Angus Garnder awarding just a penalty which England kicked to touch in the hope of a try.

After a couple more England penalties, Ireland flanker Peter O'Mahony was sin-binned for pulling down a ruck only for England to squander a promising position by losing the ensuing line-out on their own throw.

England did capitalise on their man advantage when a clever grubber kick from Owen Farrell, switched to fly-half from centre after Jones dropped George Ford, behind the Irish defence led to a 32nd-minute try for Daly.

But with Watson receiving medical attention in front of him, Farrell missed the conversion.

Deep into first-half stoppage time, impressive wing Stockdale scored his 11th try in just nine Tests when he chipped over the top and won the race to the touchdown under challenge from replacement Mike Brown and Daly.

With Sexton receiving treatment, Joey Carbery converted to give Ireland a commanding 16-point lead.

Sexton returned at the start of the second half but it was half-back colleague Murray who made it 24-5 before Daly beat Keith Earls for a try only for Farrell to again miss the conversion.

Man of the match: Ireland fullback Rob Kearney runs form his own 22 added extra value to his side's attack,  while his cover defence also got Ireland out of sticky situations. However for his strong carries and for disrupting England's breakdown system our nod goes to Ireland flank Dan Leavy.

The Scorers:

For England:
Tries:
Daly 2, May

For Ireland:

Tries: Ringrose, Stander, Stockdale
Cons: Sexton 3
Pen: Murray,

Yellow Card: Peter O'Mahony (Ireland, 29 - Collapsing the maul)

Teams:

England: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Jonny May, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Ben Te'o, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 James Haskell, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Dylan Hartley (captain), 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Don Armand, 21 Danny Care, 22 George Ford, 23 Mike Brown.

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Christiaan Stander, 7 Dan Leavy, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Iain Henderson, 4 James Ryan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best (captain), 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Devin Toner, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Nigel Owens (Wales)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

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Elliot Daly (31min), Elliot Daly (65min), and Jonny May (81min)
TRIES
Garry Ringrose (5min), Christiaan Stander (23min), and Jacob Stockdale (40min)
 
CONVERSIONS
Johnny Sexton (6min), Johnny Sexton (24min), and Johnny Sexton (40min)
 
PENALTIES
Conor Murray (60min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Peter O'Mahony (28min)
 
 
VENUE Twickenham Stadium
REFEREE Angus Gardner