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  • Care,
    Penalty goals: Farrell (2),
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    Penalty goals: Sexton,
    Conversions: Sexton,
  • RBS Six Nations
  • 22nd Feb 2014
  • KO 16:00
  • Ground: Twickenham
  • Att: 81,835

England v Ireland - Live

Last updated: 22nd February 2014  


80 That's it! England hold up Ireland and the final whistle blows! Fantastic win for England in an engrossing game of rugby, thanks for joining us!

80 Last chance saloon for Ireland: they win a penalty and punt up towards halfway. This is it...

79 England steal it! May punts for the corner, and Ireland throw in to a lineout 15 metres from their own line with 30 seconds left. Surely England have it?!

78 Fantastic stuff here as Ireland pound England and the hosts pound them right back. Still stuck deep in their own half.

76 Time ticking away as Ireland look to attack from their own half. Good English defence.

73 Very, very good clearing kick from Mike Brown. Ireland all the way back to halfway.

72 Big, big defence from England. Replacement Attwood wrapping up the ball in the Irish maul and winning the scrum. Ten metres out.

70 Ireland best the home scrum, though, and it's a turnover. The visitors scrum down on the 22. Ten minutes to go, as both benches are emptied.

69 Good attack from Ireland again, but O'Driscoll's cute offload is not read by Sexton, and the ball goes to ground. Chances going a-begging.

66 A bit of aerial ping-pong ends as Nowell's kick shanks out on the full.

63 But Ireland have turned them over again, the choke tackle used to full effect.

62 England now laying siege to the Irish line once more...the driving maul is on its way.

60 Ireland now throwing in a lineout on their own 22, this game is absolutely wide open.


TRY57 TRY, ENGLAND, CARE! 11-10 Wow! England turn this one on its head! Brown makes a great break fully 50 metres and calmly sends his Harlequins team-mate under the sticks untouched. Game on!

Penalty55 Sexton straight out and not ten metres with the restart. Uncharacteristic error.


54 England, once again, butcher several overlaps and must now settle for a simple three-pointer for Farrell.

53 Here come England again as Care takes a quick tap. Five metres out!

51 England looking to exert some pressure of their own now, but they've been penalised as Rory Best gets in over the ball. Sexton to clear.

Penalty49 PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON! 3-10 The pivot converts from out on the right-hand-side. Seven point game, now.

Conversion48 Yet another Irish penalty in the home 22. Sexton goes for goal.

Conversion47 Ireland putting England under all sorts of pressure as Sexton threads a great chip into the corner. May desperately shuffles the ball infield right into the face of Brown. Irish lineout 15m out.

Conversion45 More penalties coming for the visitors, they nudge play downfield into English territory

Conversion44 Ireland almost shooting themselves in the foot as they fail to gather the restart, but they're sharp enough to win back the ball.

Conversion43 CONVERSION, IRELAND, SEXTON! 3-7 No problem for Sexton

TRY43 TRY, IRELAND, ROB KEARNEY! 3-5 Brilliant from Rob Kearney! He picks a great line on the home 22 off Heaslip, completely unseen by the English defence, and canters over untouched. What a start!

40 Sexton gets us underway!

40 Teams back out at Twickenham, huge forty minutes coming up


40 No dice for England, though, and an exciting but low-scoring affair reaches half-time.

39 May and Nowell combine in broken play to make some ground for England, before the Irish stray offside. Farrell goes for the corner, a minute to go to half-time.

36 Really nasty knee injury for Billy Vunipola here, lying prone with head in hands. Ben Morgan comes on to a rather subdued Twickenham as the number eight hobbles off under his own steam.

35 It strikes the left-hand upright, unlucky for England. Scores remain 3-0.

34 Ireland penalised for a whip-wheel at the scrum. Farrell with a chance to double England's lead.

33 It comes to naught yet again, Ireland regain possession on halfway, but there's a forward pass. Scrum England just inside away territory.

30 Ireland sweeping forward into the English 22 now...

29 Possession once more changes hands as England turn the Irish over, but a Wilson knock-on ends any chance of a counter-attack.

29 Possession once more changes hands as England turn the Irish over, but a Wilson knock-on ends any chance of a counter-attack.

27 Ireland making ground again, but once more, execution lets them down. Scrum England on halfway, but they concede a free-kick for driving early.

Penalty25 PENALTY, ENGLAND, FARRELL! 3-0 And we have points! Farrell gets England on the scoreboard from long range.

23 No, as it turns out. Sexton's cross-kick wasteful and easily dealt with by Nowell. England now have possession just inside the Irish half, and Lawes is taken in the air. Farrell's lining it up from way out - 50 metres or so.

22 Farrell is penalised - the hit was very late, and Craig Joubert feels the fly-half did not use his arms. So now, England are back in their own 22 defending a throw-in. Can Ireland break the deadlock?

20 The colossal breakdown battle continues as Ireland pinch with England 10 metres out. They clear downfield and Nowell spills under no pressure on halfway. We're checking for a late hit by Farrell on the clearing Murray

18 Another Irish infringement allows England to bring play up to the 22

17 But it comes to naught as the ball squirts loose and Farrell wins a penalty.

17 Now Ireland hammer the English line with their forwards...

15 Ireland win a penalty and punt downfield, looking to build a meaningful attack

11 Ireland build some phases before Rob Kearney's grubber hits touch-in-goal. England can clear with a 22 drop-out

9 Ireland get it away, but England spill forward again on the 22.

7 No try! Butchered by England, May spills over the line. Scrum 5 Ireland.

7 It looks like England have it...we're going upstairs to check whether May has crept over in the corner.

5 Possession changing hands aplenty in the opening stages, England have a chance to attack from Mike Brown's fine break.

2 Ouch. Huge Irish scrum, Dylan Hartley under pressure, and the visitors win a penalty to clear

1 And England immediately taking Ireland on at their own game, turning ball over from a maul on the 22 to win a scrum. Big moment.

0 And we're off! Owen Farrell gets us underway!

0 The teams are out here at Twickenham, we're just moments away from kick-off. This should be a cracker!

0 Ireland have named an unchanged starting line-up but do make tweaks on the bench as Iain Henderson and Jordi Murphy come in for Dan Tuohy and Tommy O'Donnell respectively. Kick-off is at 16:00 GMT.

0 Bath tighthead prop David Wilson is the only change to England's starting XV after Dan Cole was ruled out with a neck issue. George Ford makes the bench.

0 Hello and welcome from Twickenham for this mouth-watering Six Nations fixture between England and Ireland. England are one win from two while the Irish enter Round Three with a 100 percent record so far in the Championship. It is tough to pick a winner but maybe the team news will help our call.

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