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Ireland vs England

2017 Six Nations

Aviva Stadium
Ireland England
13 SCORE 9
1 Tries 0
1 Conversions 0
2 Penalty Goals 3
0 Drop Goals 0

Match result:

Ireland have denied England the chance to make some serious history, ending their undefeated streak with a 13-9 win in Dublin on Sunday morning (AEDT).

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Final score
Ireland 13
England 9

Match preview:

Under the tutelage of Eddie Jones England have maintained a faultless record and head to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin with history beckoning.

A win will mean England becomes the new Tier 1 world record holder for most consecutive test wins with 19.

Additionally England will be first team in the Six Nations era to claim back to back Grand Slams.

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England scored a record win against Scotland to seal the Six Nations crown last weekend, but will be desperate to claim two Grand Slams in a row for the first time since 1992.

The English team is very settled with only two changes from the Scottish demolition.

Billy Vunipola starts at No.8 for the first time this year demoting the impressive Nathan Hughes to the reserves.

Anthony Watson starts on the wing at the expense of Jack Nowell while Tom Wood will win his 50th cap if given an opportunity from the bench.

Ireland appeared to run out of attacking ideas against Wales. Despite a multitude of possession, the Irish were soundly beaten three tries to nil.

Injury has ruled out both Conor Murray and Rob Kearney. Kieran Marmion and Jared Payne will start in their place. The loss of Murray is a particularly huge blow given he directs much of Ireland’s attack, boasts an educated boot and remains a real shot of starting for the Lions.

Ireland have also been forced into changes in the second row. Devon Toner is dropped with Donnacha Ryan and Iain Henderson linking up in the second row. Andrew Conway will debut if introduced from the bench.

The clash between captains Dylan Hartley and Rory Best at hooker will be titanic. Hartley hasn’t hit top form in recent games while Best has been a Trojan. Both are strong contenders to lead the Lions.

England will target the lineout while the speed of the Irish back row could push England.

Ireland will be better than what they were against Wales, but England despite looking vulnerable at times will be hard to topple.

Remarkably Owen Farrell is unbeaten in his past 35 matches for club or country dating back to January 2016. He needs six points to reach 600 for England.

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  • 2:33pm
    hein cloete said | 2:33pm | ! Report

    In Pretoria C J Stander was told he is too small to play flank by one of the Bulls rugby experts, and denied him a contract. Robshaw the England captain in the last world cup turned down a penalty kick at the posts and chose to go for the corner instead, the rest is history. The Poms don’t learn. Yesterday they get 2 kick able penalties and guess what, they fall into the same trap. The rest is now history. Eddie Jones calls out the All Blacks before the game. Brave or stupid who knows. Eddie wait till after The Lions tour, then make a call or rather i suspect you will be doodstil. The last word in my language Afrikaans, a very descriptive language means dead quiet.

  • 6:10am
    Barham said | 6:10am | ! Report

    Ireland were superb, and 4 points did not reflect the difference between the sides.

    No disgrace for England, they were outplayed. England are a very good side, and so are Ireland. Well done to them for nailing it.

  • 6:07am
    Ryan said | 6:07am | ! Report

    That was a heroic effort by Ireland.
    It also highlights the point that England aren’t as good as they think they are.

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    6:04am
    Fionn said | 6:04am | ! Report

    England are going to need a vast improvement in terms of consistently producing backline flair if they’re going to challenge the All Blacks. They have the forwards to (just about) match the Kiwis, but they can’t go in with a backline playing like that against the ABs.

    England’s match against Scotland really was the outlier in this year’s 6N. Poor showings against France, Wales and Ireland now.

    Really hard fought and committed win by Ireland!

  • 5:59am
    Carlos the Argie said | 5:59am | ! Report

    ABE= IRE!
    Wow!

    • 6:01am
      Rugby Tragic said | 6:01am | ! Report

      lol … a real arm wrestle that 2nd half….

  • 5:57am
    Adam Julian said | 5:57am | ! Report

    England’s winning streak is over at 18. Ireland lost two captains and vast experience but outplayed England who basically reverted to type and tries to win through penalties. Ireland prevent England from winning a Grand Slam in 2001 and 2011.

    Ireland Best: Garry Ringrose, Sean O’Brien, Iain Henderson, Donnacha Ryan, Jack McGrath, Peter O’Mahony
    England Best: Courtney Lawes, Joe Launchbury, Maro Itoje

    • 6:00am
      Rugby Tragic said | 6:00am | ! Report

      Thanks Adam for your blog..

    • 6:13am
      Highlander said | 6:13am | ! Report

      Adam, you shouldn’t even use the word ‘tries’ in your summary after that England performance, how about ‘attempts’

  • 5:57am
    Highlander said | 5:57am | ! Report

    Congratulations Ireland, committed as ever

    If by a teams actions do we know them, then England were exposed for reverting to type when it really mattered.
    No first phase flair, only making ground by drawing penalties, and no ability to react on the hoof this time.

    Jones didn’t bring enough change to upset the Schmidt formula –

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      6:00am
      Fionn said | 6:00am | ! Report

      Could it be possible to have more of a contrast between England’s performance last week compared to this week?

      Where did that first phase flair come go?

      • 6:03am
        Highlander said | 6:03am | ! Report

        More the opposition I think Fiona it’s easy to throw the ball around when you have a flying start against 14 men, a little different against a very solid Ireland side – but it wasn’t first phase attack didn’t work, they didn’t go there at all, that goes to the heart of how you play the game.

        • Roar Guru

          6:06am
          Fionn said | 6:06am | ! Report

          At the start of the second half (from 40min mark to 60) they went to the backs a bit, but then, despite the fact they were making inroads and the forwards were doing well they reverted back to 10-man rugby. It was very odd.

        • 2:51pm
          Highlander said | 2:51pm | ! Report

          just saw the name autocorrect – that wasn’t an intentional slight, sorry

  • 5:54am
    JMB said | 5:54am | ! Report

    Awesome job Ireland. ha England think they are near the All Blacks woulda got smashed by 20+ by them easily.

    • 6:15am
      Rugby Tragic said | 6:15am | ! Report

      Oh yeah? … I doubt Hansen is thinking that…

  • 5:54am
    Rugby Tragic said | 5:54am | ! Report

    Heroic defensive performance by Ireland … deserved the win from their first half effort ….

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