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Saturday 02 February 2019, 11:45am EST

Ireland v England

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  • FT
  • ConversionJohnny Sexton
  • TRY!John Cooney
  • ConversionOwen Farrell
  • TRY!Henry Slade
  • Penalty GoalOwen Farrell
  • TRY!Henry Slade
  • Penalty GoalJohnny Sexton
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalOwen Farrell
  • ConversionOwen Farrell
  • TRY!Elliot Daly
  • ConversionJohnny Sexton
  • TRY!Cian Healy
  • Yellow CardTom Curry
  • Penalty GoalJohnny Sexton
  • ConversionOwen Farrell
  • TRY!Jonny May
  • KO


Match Stats
Player Stats
Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
Ireland T C P
15 Robbie Henshaw 0 0 0
14 Keith Earls 0 0 0
13 Garry Ringrose 0 0 0
12 Bundee Aki 0 0 0
11 Jacob Stockdale 0 0 0
10 Johnny Sexton 0 2 2
9 Conor Murray 0 0 0
1 Cian Healy 1 0 0
2 Rory Best 0 0 0
3 Tadhg Furlong 0 0 0
4 Devin Toner 0 0 0
5 James Ryan 0 0 0
6 Peter O'Mahony 0 0 0
7 Josh van der Flier 0 0 0
8 CJ Stander 0 0 0
16 Sean Cronin 0 0 0
17 Dave Kilcoyne 0 0 0
18 Andrew Porter 0 0 0
19 Quinn Roux 0 0 0
20 Sean O'Brien 0 0 0
21 John Cooney 1 0 0
22 Joey Carbery 0 0 0
23 Jordan Larmour 0 0 0
England T C P
15 Elliot Daly 1 0 0
14 Jack Nowell 0 0 0
13 Henry Slade 2 0 0
12 Manu Tuilagi 0 0 0
11 Jonny May 1 0 0
10 Owen Farrell 0 3 2
9 Ben Youngs 0 0 0
1 Mako Vunipola 0 0 0
2 Jamie George 0 0 0
3 Kyle Sinckler 0 0 0
4 Maro Itoje 0 0 0
5 George Kruis 0 0 0
6 Mark Wilson 0 0 0
7 Tom Curry 0 0 0
8 Billy Vunipola 0 0 0
16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 0 0 0
17 Ellis Genge 0 0 0
18 Harry Williams 0 0 0
19 Courtney Lawes 0 0 0
20 Nathan Hughes 0 0 0
21 Dan Robson 0 0 0
22 George Ford 0 0 0
23 Chris Ashton 0 0 0


Six Nations

3 Ireland 81 14
2 England 83 18
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  • That concludes week one but both sides of course will be back in action next weekend as Ireland make the trip to Edinburgh to face Scotland and England return home to London to host France. Until then however, thank you for joining us – and have a good week!
  • That result means Ireland will miss out on the chance to record consecutive Grand Slams of course – but what a statement of intent for the World Cup from England. Few will have given them a chance in Japan later this year before today but they'll have caught a few eyes now.
  • FULL-TIME: It's a Henry Slade double that secures a huge Guinness Six Nations win for England over Grand Slam holders Ireland to complete a Home Nations sweep in week one at Aviva Stadium! Joe Schmidt loses his first tournament game in Dublin since he became coach of the national side and Eddie Jones brings a three-game losing run in the competition to an end in style. At full-time, it finishes Ireland 20-32 England.
  • Slade intercepts a final move from the hosts and England run it into touch to seal a huge week one win!
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Ireland 20-32 England. Sexton drops the extras over.
  • Try
    TRY: Ireland 18-32 England. The hosts snatch a late score through Cooney as he finishes off a Cronin break close to the opposition 22.
  • Genge and Cooney are on for England and Ireland respectively to make their tournament debuts in the final few minutes.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Ireland 13-32 England. Farrell knocks over the extra two points for good measure.
  • Try
    TRY: Ireland 13-30 England. That's the game for certain! It's a bonus point try for the visitors as Slade makes a diving interception close to the Ireland try line, picks it out and scrambles over next to the right post. What a win this is for England!
  • Ashton arrives for England to play out the rest of the game in place of the brilliant Nowell.
  • Youngs tips a delicate kick out to the left wing and keeps it in field, forcing Ireland to remain camped on their own try line for the moment.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL: Ireland 13-25 England. The resulting penalty is half a pitch away from the posts – but Farrell lands a wonderful attempt from distance. Ireland have less than 10 minutes to find something.
  • A huge roar from the travelling support as Lawes earns the turnover with a brilliant tackle on halfway. Superb stuff from the recently arrived substitute.
  • Farrell pulls the conversion wide however, leaving the gap at less than 10.
  • Try
    TRY: Ireland 13-22 England. Slade gets it! The TMO confirms he was onside and England stretch their lead to nine points. That could be massive in the context of not just this game but the whole tournament.
  • Has Slade scored a vital try for the visitors? The centre offloads to May who then kicks through for his inside man to chase and he beats the Irish chasers to touch it down. The TMO will have a look to see if he was onside at the kick.
  • A knock-on from a Murray kick falls kindly for England who have a scrum in midfield. Just over 15 minutes left for them to hold on for a famous win.
  • A worry for Ireland as Sexton hunches over following a big hit. If their most valuable playmaker is forced off, that would be a huge blow for the hosts.
  • An England penalty gives Farrell a chance to go for the posts but the halfback drifts it wide. Ireland remain only four points off the pace.
  • England's defence is still working sharply however and from the scrum, on the other side of the field, Slade dumps Stockdale into touch.
  • Ireland win a scrum but another collapse necessitates a reset. There's an element of fatigue slowly creeping into proceedings in Dublin right now.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Ireland 13-17 England. After a prolonged stoppage, Sexton notches up an extra three points with a textbook penalty conversion.
  • Collision after collision makes for a crunching set of Irish offence before Slade goes high in the tackle and the hosts get a penalty. Itoje has headed off injured now with Hughes replacing him.
  • A handling error however allows Ireland to burst down the other end on the break and they then win the scrum on the English 22 line.
  • A 10-phase play from England makes great metres downfield, entrenching England deeper into the Ireland half. The hosts' defence is looking a little shaky right now.
  • England win a scrum in midfield, just inside the Ireland half, though it requires a second attempt after an initial collapse.
  • Tempers are fraying a little for Ireland right now as Henshaw is forced back to his own 5m line by some inventive kicking and England are looking the more dangerous of the two. The hosts do get a penalty however and manage to relieve the pressure somewhat.
  • An early exchange of box kicks gives England a touch of momentum in the early exchanges and Sexton ultimately puts one to touch to steady the ship.
  • Ireland have made a change at the break, for tactical reasons, with Lamour on for Earls out on the wing.
  • Sexton kicks the game back underway for the final 40 minutes in Dublin.
  • Eddie Jones is poised to see his side win for the first time in Dublin during the tournament since 2013 if he can grind out a result here. What a boost that would be for England.
  • HALF-TIME: It's been an utterly engrossing thrill-ride of a first half in Dublin – and it's the visitors who have the edge on the scoreboard to boot. Jonny May's early try got England off to a flyer and despite a spirited response from the hosts, they have ground out a deserved lead since. At half-time at Aviva Stadium, it's Ireland 10-17 England.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Ireland 10-17 England. Farrell adds the extras to put the score of a converted try between both sides at the end of the first half.
  • No try! The decision affirms a double movement but due to a penalty advantage in the build-up, England will go for goal.
  • Have England got their third try at the very end of the first half? The TMO will have a look for a double movement after Mako Vunipola bulldozes his way over at the back of a messy ruck on the line.
  • It's not a straight throw from Best at the line-out however and England will have the scrum right on the Ireland line.
  • Ireland return the favour as Nowell looks to slip through 5m shy on the right wing and force him out of play with some muscular defence.
  • England bundle Murray into touch on back of a high box kick and win the line-out inside the Ireland half.
  • This has been a corking Test match so far and comfortably the closest of the three this weekend. Both sides seem utterly determined to prevail.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Ireland 10-14 England. Farrell adds two more points again to stretch the visitors' lead once more.
  • Try
    TRY: Ireland 10-12 England. Daly strikes back! The fullback sticks a neat grubber through to the corner and Stockdale fumbles it under pressure from Nowell, allowing the kicker to dot down the loose ball on the right.
  • CONVERSION: Ireland 10-7 England. Sexton curls in an absolute beauty of a kick to add two more points.
  • Try
    TRY: Ireland 8-7 England. Healy gives the hosts the lead! From the line-out, the maul can't quite crawl over but Irish forwards crash in one after the other until the prop burrows through.
  • Ireland win a penalty for offside and put it into touch for a line-out 5m away. The sin-bin period is over for Curry however and the visitors are back up to a full contingent.
  • Stockdale almost tears away down the opposite wing following a messy exchange of offloads and Youngs manages to tap him before he can reach the England 22 line. The hosts continue to come forward, looking to press their man advantage in the last few seconds they can.
  • The hosts have regained their footing – and arguably control – of this game after that early blitz from England and Ringrose now breaks down the left wing. His grubber slips through May's outstretched hands and the winger manages to rectify his mistake before the hosts can capitalise.
  • Ireland now win a penalty after Itoje bowls over the Irish defender in mid-air leaping for the box kick. The visitors think it should have gone their way for an obstruction by Murray, though the referee does not see it that way.
  • The first scrum of the game arrives for England following an Ireland handling error and Nowell is drifted in from the centres to deputise for Curry. The visitors get the ball away but Ireland smother any subsequent attacks well.
  • Yellow Card
    Earls is absolutely cleaned out with a late hit by Curry who comes in with the shoulder and though Ireland play the advantage, they are unable to make it count. The referee brings play back and hands a yellow card to the England man for the sin-bin, giving the hosts a man advantage for the next 10 minutes.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Ireland 3-7 England. Sexton makes no mistake from bang in front and the hosts have provided a spirited response to going behind early on.
  • Billy Vunipola comes in with a late hit on Sexton and the Ireland half-back will have a shot at the sticks with the resulting penalty.
  • May slices a return kick out on the full following an attacking Irish chip by a matter of inches and Ireland find themselves in a great attacking position, on their opponents' 22.
  • A quick tap penalty for Ireland allows them to work their way into the opposition half for the first time and they win their own line-out to set up shop in midfield.
  • England stick a neat box kick into space coming out of their 22 to catch Henshaw out and force Ireland into a defensive line-out. This has been a guns blazing start from Eddie Jones's side.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Ireland 0-7 England. Farrell curls the extras over the from the touchline to add the extra two points.
  • Try
    TRY: Ireland 0-5 England. What a start for the visitors! Farrell bowls a high-risk pass out wide to the left on the back of an early line-out and May finishes off with a great effort in the corner. It's an impressive warning shot, 90 seconds in.
  • Farrell kicks off and we are underway in the last game of week one of the Guinness Six Nations!
  • The teams are out at Aviva Stadium for the national anthems.
  • Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ellis Genge, Harry Williams, Courtney Lawes, Nathan Hughes, Dan Robson, George Ford, Chris Ashton.
  • England: Elliot Daly, Jonny May, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Jack Nowell, Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Mark Wilson, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola.
  • Replacements: Sean Cronin, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Quinn Roux, Sean O'Brien, John Cooney, Joey Carbery, Jordan Larmour.
  • Ireland: Robbie Henshaw, Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, Devin Toner, James Ryan, Peter O'Mahony, Josh van der Flier, CJ Stander.
  • Manu Tuilagi meanwhile makes his first tournament start since 2013 for England ahead of the injured Ben T'eo while Conor Murray returns to the halves for the hosts after missing their November internationals with a neck injury.
  • For England, Eddie Jones' team will be looking to avoid their fourth straight defeat in the tournament for the first time since 2005 – and will have to do so with a back row that has never played together before, with Mark Wilson and Tom Curry both making their competition bows.
  • For Ireland, Joe Schmidt's side will be looking to not only extend their best-ever winning streak at home beyond its current tally of 12 games but to attempt the feat of consecutive Grand Slams in the competition for the first time since Italy joined at the turn of the millennium.
  • With Wales and Scotland having already racked up victories in the opening games of the tournament, can the visitors make it a clean sweep for the Home Nations? They will have to do so against the odds-on favourites to lift the title after last year's Grand Slam – and both sides will have an eye on preparation for the World Cup in Japan later this year too.
  • Hello and welcome to live coverage of week one of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations as Ireland host England at Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

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