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Follow the live coverage as Ireland beat a gutsy 14-man England in an extraordinary Six Nations clash at Twickenham to keep their title hopes alive heading into Super Saturday.
Ireland made the most of a red card for England lock Charlie Ewels after less than two minutes to claim a 32-15 victory with bonus points that keeps them in the title hunt.
Ewels was sent off for a head-on tackle on Ireland’s second-row James Ryan, the fastest dismissal since the championship began in 1883, and led 15-9 at half-time after tries from James Lowe and Hugo Keenan.
Amid a febrile atmosphere, England struck back magnificently, smashing the Irish scrum and leveling the score with two Marcus Smith penalties, but Ireland finished strong, clearing with another Sexton penalty and then attempts by Jack Conan and Finlay Bealham that they won a potentially key bonus. period.
France tops the standings with 18 points after winning their first four games. Ireland are 16 and could yet clinch their first title since 2018 with a win or possibly even a draw against Scotland in Dublin next week if England can defeat France in Paris.
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That nearly wore us out for our LIVE coverage of the penultimate weekend of the 2022 Six Nations. Only two teams remain in the title hunt, with France’s Grand Slam hopes kept alive by victory in Cardiff, and Ireland eventually making make a player’s lead count towards securing a bonus point win at Twickenham. Scotland’s scrappy win in Rome leaves them level on points with England.
Go for Super Saturday! Clear your Saturday schedule and get ready for an afternoon and evening of nearly non-stop rugby, all culminating in the city of lights on Saturday night as France seek a chelem at the Stade de France. We’ll have a lot of reactions and analysis of this weekend’s action over the next few days, and then all the build up to the final round.
Harry Latham Coyle12 March 2022 19:52
An unlikely Irish try scorer
Harry Latham Coyle12 March 2022 19:42
Courtney Lawes continues…
“We lost some turf battles that hurt us a little bit and changed the momentum. We played 14 men for most of the game; it’s hard, but we never gave up and put everything into the game. We fell short due to a bit of accuracy, but we can learn from it.
“Ireland are obviously a very good team, very, very organized. They are one of the best teams to know what the others are going to do and play little tips between them. We wanted to interrupt them and we did. We can be proud of what we did.”
Harry Latham Coyle12 March 2022 19:38
Courtney Lawes on England’s shake-up after Charlie Ewels’ dismissal
“It’s hard work in line, I’m not going to lie. Obviously I can play second row, and now I’m basically a winger anyway, so we were flying in the scrum.”
Ellis Genge and Jamie George certainly thought so.
Harry Latham Coyle12 March 2022 19:35
“No one blames [Charlie Ewels]. It was a genuine attempt to make an entrance, he just put his head in the wrong place.
“Kyle Sinckler has a concussion, but Tom Curry looks a little worse for wear and tear.”
Jones suggests that Curry will almost certainly be out of England’s final game against France.
Harry Latham Coyle12 March 2022 19:33
Eddie Jones reacts to England defeat
“Great spirit, great tactical discipline. About 15 were missing, 15 total, we’re controlling the game and we only made a couple of mistakes that allowed them to get into the game. I couldn’t be proud of them. It is a great learning experience. The young people adapted very well.
“I’m a bit disappointed that the referee didn’t allow us to go to a full scrum. That would be my only complaint. we have four [six] scrum penalties and we didn’t get a yellow card. We’re disappointed we didn’t get more out of it.”
Harry Latham Coyle12 March 2022 19:32
Johnny Sexton on Irish business next week
“We have a chance to win a Triple Crown at home at the Aviva. It’s a big week ahead of us. We will learn a lot and it will all be focused on Scotland.”
Harry Latham Coyle12 March 2022 19:19
Johnny Sexton on Ireland’s victory
“I am happy with the team, the way we kept our composure even when things were going against us. We would have cut your hand for five points before the game.
“Many of the games I have played throughout my career have been strange. That was a good test match. You’re never going to come here and have an easy game. It’s an incredibly difficult place to come, and when you come here, you have to play your best. Probably a mixed performance of ourselves. We got our reward with a couple of attempts at the end which will be very important in the championship race.”
Harry Latham Coyle12 March 2022 19:15
Ireland’s discipline problems go unpunished
The final count is 15 penalties against Ireland, eight against England. Could the visitor have received a yellow? They were under pressure at the moment of the scrum, but Mathieu Raynal contented himself with a warning.
Harry Latham Coyle12 March 2022 18:56
Ireland’s record victory
An imperfect performance but an ideal result for Ireland, who secure their biggest win over England in England.
Harry Latham Coyle12 March 2022 18:50