December 6, 2020

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England 18-7 Eire: Jonny Could stars in emphatic and entertaining victory for hosts

Jonny May scores England's first try v Ireland
Jonny Could has now scored 31 tries for England
England: (12) 18
Tries: Could 2; Pens: Farrell 2; Con: Farrell
Eire: (0) 7
Strive: Stockdale; Con: Burns

Wing Jonny Could scored an excellent solo attempt as England claimed an emphatic and entertaining Autumn Nations Cup victory towards Eire at Twickenham.

Could crossed twice because the hosts dominated the primary half and the second attempt, overlaying many of the pitch as he chased his kick, was considered one of his best.

The hosts retained management after the break with two Owen Farrell penalties.

Unwilling to let Could take all of the plaudits, Jacob Stockdale chased a kick to provide Eire their solely attempt.

England at the moment are prime of their group and in pole place to compete for the title on finals weekend.

Eddie Jones’ aspect journey to Wales for his or her last group sport subsequent Saturday, whereas Eire host Georgia on the Sunday.

Italy, Scotland, Fiji and France function in Group B, however Fiji have been unable to finish any of their matches due to a coronavirus outbreak within the workforce.

The winners of every of the 2 teams will face one another on 5 or 6 December to determine an general champion.

England’s backs gentle up Twickenham

England head coach Jones made positive to emphasize earlier than the match that his aspect have been dealing with their hardest problem for the reason that return of worldwide rugby in October.

With England’s previous two Exams coming towards Georgia and Italy, it was not as controversial a press release as people who would come later within the week.

Jones jokingly referred to Eire because the “United Nations”, referencing the 5 southern hemisphere-born gamers of their beginning line-up, and questioned prop Andrew Porter’s scrummaging method.

Eire didn’t look as fired up by the opposition coach’s feedback as they may have been and have been overshadowed by England’s electrical backs.

Hooker Jamie George had claimed a hat-trick from mauls of their 40-Zero win towards Georgia, however England’s attacking intentions this week have been clear as Ben Youngs took a fast penalty from a place that would have seen Farrell declare a simple three factors.

The captain acquired his reward shortly after as his cross-field kick fell for Could, who leaped into the south-west London sky to beat Hugo Keenan and cross in the proper nook.

It was the wing’s 30th England attempt however his crowning second got here minutes later with a rating that’s positive to make Twickenham highlights reels for years to come back.

Could danced round Irish defenders on his personal 22 then chased his personal kick, beating Eire scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park, and one other faucet together with his foot allowed him to cowl the ultimate 10 metres and rating.

Keith Earls was reluctant for Could to be the one wing within the highlight and scythed previous Elliot Daly to get his aspect to inside 5 metres.

The guests have been promptly penalised on the breakdown and went in scoreless at half-time.

Jacob Stockdale scores
Jacob Stockdale scored Eire’s solely attempt

Farrell extends lead as Eire concede penalties

The match had been billed as a bodily battle, with Eire captain James Ryan and England star Maro Itoje at its centre.

That bodily ingredient was clear as Eire lock Quinn Roux who made the primary important transfer after the break, pulling England flanker Tom Curry to the ground by his neck.

The infraction gave Farrell the prospect so as to add three factors to England’s lead and, shortly after the extra skilled Conor Murray got here on to interchange Gibson-Park, Eire conceded one other penalty.

Ryan was caught off his toes on the breakdown and Farrell made no mistake from the tee once more, placing England 18 factors forward.

Eire’s forwards continued to struggle however finally handed the baton over to the backs as fly-half Ross Byrne kicked ahead for centre Chris Farrell, who was held up by Henry Slade over the tryline.

The sport started to lose momentum till alternative fly-half Billy Burns breathed some life into it earlier than the dying.

The quantity 10 chipped a ball excessive and Stockdale burst ahead, beating Max Malins to assert it and develop into the primary participant to attain towards England within the Autumn Nations Cup.

Participant of the match: Jonny Could

Jonny May runs away from an Irish tackle
Jonny Could’s moustache, grown for charity occasion Movember, didn’t appear to gradual him down as he evaded Irish defenders for his spectacular rating

‘Undecided whether or not England ought to be grateful or Eire aggrieved’ – evaluation

Former England scrum-half Matt Dawson mentioned on BBC Radio 5 Reside Sports activities Further: “It was routine from England. There have been glimpses within the first half and injections of tempo.

“There was counter-attacking and there have been great tries from Could. I believed ‘right here we go’ for the second half, however as a lot as Eire knocked on the door, England had an excessive amount of and weren’t too fussed about attacking within the second half.”

Former Eire centre Darren Cave mentioned on BBC Radio 5 Reside Sports activities Further: “I believed we’d be taught the place each groups are at, however it was arduous to evaluate.

“Eire have been underwhelming, England have been dominant, however it didn’t mirror that. England know tips on how to beat Eire; they executed their plan completely. I am unsure if Eire ought to be glad about solely dropping by 13, or England aggrieved for not scoring extra.”


England: Daly; Joseph, Lawrence, Slade, Could; Farrell (capt), Youngs; M Vunipola, George, Sinckler; Itoje, Launchbury; Curry, Underhill, B Vunipola.

Replacements: Genge for M Vunipola (62), Earl for Underhill (62), Robson for Youngs (62), Stuart for Sinckler (68), Hill for Launchbury (68), Ford for Lawrence (68), Malins for Joseph (71) Dunn for George (79).

Eire: Keenan; Earls, Farrell, Aki, Lowe; R Byrne, Gibson-Park; Healy, Kelleher, Porter; Roux, James Ryan (capt); Stander, O’Mahony, Doris.

Replacements: Murray for Gibson-Park (50), Herring for Kelleher (50), Henderson for Roux (50), Stockdale for Keenan (57), Bealham for Healy (65), Connors for Stander (65), Burns for Byrne (68).

Not used: John Ryan