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What we need today: to win setting up the final weekend Ireland v France showdown.

#ENGvIRE 9m 

ENG 7-0 IRE

England like to get a score within the first ten minutes, and true to form Youngs grubs one through the defensive line and Ford and Farrell flummox Sexton who fumbles the ball in the try zone allowing Ford to snatch it for a grounding.

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Ireland respond with a territorial gain, good lineout, powerful maul, England cough up a couple of advantage penalties. Sexton opts to grab a quick three but manages to pull it way wide despite being under the posts. Dropout England.

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๐Ÿ‰ 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.

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๐Ÿ‰ Match Thread 35m

Five minutes left in the half, Ireland being driven back on their attack by ferocious England line speed.

Ireland working hard to put some points on the board before they head inside but it's not looking likely. England are almost casual in their defense.

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๐Ÿ‰ #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.

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๐Ÿ‰ 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...

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๐Ÿ‰ 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.

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๐Ÿ‰ #ENGvIRE Match Thread 51m 

ENG 17-5 IRE

Sinckler flings a high tackle and Ireland have a penalty under the sticks. Ireland choose to scrum, and Henshaw wriggles over. Sexton flubs again though, not having a great day.

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๐Ÿ‰ 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.

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๐Ÿ‰ 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...

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๐Ÿ‰ #ENGvIRE Match Thread 62m 

ENG 24-5 IRE

Try number three for the home team. TMO checking for second movement, but momentum wins.

Cowan-Dickie for the five, Farrell converts, and there's time yet for a bonus point fourth try.

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๐Ÿ‰ 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.

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๐Ÿ‰ #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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