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Jubilations as Ireland win the Six Nations

18 March 2018, 01:23 | Bernice Figueroa

Ireland are going for a Slam at Twickenham next Saturday

Ireland are going for a Slam at Twickenham next Saturday

England in contrast have lost their last two games in-a-row against Scotland and France, and are seeking to avoid a first home defeat under Eddie Jones and spoil Ireland's party on Paddy's Day.

Ireland's only previous Grand Slams came in 1948 and 2009 and their win in London was their 11th victory in succession, a national record and run of form which sees them move up to second in the IRB rankings behind world champions New Zealand.

Ireland were ahead after just five minutes when Anthony Watson was beaten to Jonathan Sexton's up-and-under by Ringrose who grounded the ball for the first try of the match which Sexton converted.

First the TMO ruled that Ringrose had fairly reached the ball after Anthony Watson spilled a Sexton up and under before Stander skidded into the base of a post after Bundee Aki had blasted through the English midfield.

Man of the Match went to Tadhg Furlong. Twice Ireland stopped England's lineout driving maul illegally and on the second occasion, Peter O'Mahony was yellow-carded. Farrell's conversion went wide.

The visitors' third try came on the stroke of half time thanks to a fine finish from wing Jacob Stockdale, who became the first player ever to score seven tries in a single championship.

The winger, 21, raced on to his own chip through, beat Jonny May and Mike Brown for pace, kneed the ball over the line and touched down.

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.

England - Tries: Elliot Daly (2), Jonny May.

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. Mike Brown worked his hands free in Earls' tackle and his brilliant offload handed Daly his second try.

A hat-trick of defeats on the day of St Patrick beckoned at half-time for an England side that was changed in personnel rather than tempo.

Ireland set out their stall in this one from the off with several powerful carries and their physicality in the collisions and at the breakdown was brilliant.

The Twickenham crowd were even more livid just after when Aki smashed into Elliot Daly's head with what appeared a no-arms tackle, but referee Angus Gardner saw it differently and let Ireland off the hook. Their resoluteness and connection in the line was superb under extreme pressure towards the end of the first half and start of the second when England were pummelling at the line. "It's not often that happens in the Six Nations".

England's home record under Jones is also gone, and a major negative for them was their discipline, continually allowing Ireland easy territory gains.

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