🏉 #ENGvIRE Match Thread 20m
Ireland collapse a scrum and England kick to touch 5m out. Ireland disrupt the lineout and turn it over. The crowd exhales.
🏉 #ENGvIRE Match Thread 39m
ENG 17-0 IRE
Ireland's Sunday drive fizzles out and a penalty awarded, Farrell nabs the three and with less than a minute to go the half is done.
Ireland will need to figure out some new tricks before they come back out.
🏉 #ENGvIRE Match Thread 40m
Second half kicks off and Ireland appear to want to make their mark. Good scrum, and a visit to the England 22. Murray takes a serious knock and play is stopped.
Meanwhile England women cleaned up Ireland 27-0...
🏉 #ENGvIRE Match Thread 49m
Ireland steaming into the English 22, Farrell having some fun times with CJ Stander's leg, ending in a friendly little knuckle sandwich.
🏉 #ENGvIRE Match Thread 58m
England continue to surprise. When you think they'll go wide they turn tight and run. When you think they're gonna kick they crash through. Fast ball, clean breakdowns. I wish I could find something to dislike, but like the flustered Ireland I'm coming up short.
For Farrell and Daly having a great day, storming up to the Irish tryline but a Daly knock on snuffs this set of phases out.
Replacements start streaming on.
🏉 #ENGvIRE Match Thread 60m
Last quarter now and Ireland show no sign of defending their Grand Slam chances. I think this is the year for France...
🏉 #ENGvIRE Match Thread 73m
Into the last ten minutes at Twickenham. Ireland's fresh blood is hammering away with some nice lines, but England's line speed continues to muffle most efforts. It all ends sadly as England turn it over at the breakdown and this game is pretty much done. The real question now is whether or not Ireland can keep the bonus point away from England.
🏉 #ENGvIRE Match Thread Full-Time
ENG 24-12 IRE
Ireland find some consolation in a second try, Porter getting his first international points. Cooney shined since coming on, and Ireland will need to consider options for the next outing.
England clearly did their homework, and threw some dominant plays in the first half.
It is an interesting and uncertain year for most of the teams this year, and it's showing in these who-knows-what matches.
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