England have beaten Ireland in their Six Nations opener by a score of 32 to 20. Four tries helped them on their way to their first win in Dublin since 2011.
A second minute try from Jonny May started the visitors trip, but a penalty and try from Ireland’s Cian Healy put them ahead.
A kick by Elliot Daly looked to have been cleared up at the back by Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale. However, he fumbled, and Daly jumped on the loose ball to put England ahead. A penalty converted by Owen Farrell meant England went into the break ahead.
After the break, Sexton knocked another penalty over the uprights and John Cooney scored a 78th minute consolation try, but it was all about England.
Another kick over the top allowed Henry Slade to run on and score, the TMO looked at it, and declared it good, and all hope for Ireland was lost.
In the 75th minute, a mess up at the back of Ireland’s line allowed Slade another try, which not only further secured the lead, gave England a bonus point to take to the Six Nations table.
England host France at Twickenham on Saturday 9th February where they will be looking to build on this win and gain some momentum for the rest of the tournament.
Ireland travel to Scotland to get their competition back on track, and will be hoping for a better performance if they are to have any chance of retaining the Six Nations title.