Today we continue our look back at some of the classic England v Ireland encounters in the RBS Six Nations.
England and Ireland meet at Twickenham on Saturday in a mouth-watering encounter; as the hosts look to remain unbeaten under Eddie Jones, while the defending champions are still searching for their first win.
Yesterday we looked back at the 2014 clash at Twickenham where England came out on top winning a breathless encounter 13-10. Today’s game won’t be remembered fondly by England fans but it was an unforgettable evening for the Irish.
Ireland demolish England in first Six Nations encounter at Croke Park
This game was historic for a couple of reasons not only was it the first clash between the sides at the historic Croke Park, it was also Ireland’s record victory over England as they record a 43-13 victory.
Early in the game the sides exchanged penalties with Ronan O’Gara taking Ireland’s lead to 9-3. The first try arrived on the 30 minute mark, after a powerful driving maul the ball was moved wide where full-back Girvan Dempsey crashed over the line.
Before half-time things got better for the home side as flanker David Wallace picked a great line of scrum-half Peter Stringer and crashed over to take the lead to 23-3.
After the interval England finally managed to break the stout Irish defence as they whipped the ball down the line and debutant David Strettle skated over in the corner for his first test try.
But that was as good as it got for the visitors. In the 64th minute Ireland continued their relentless pressure on the English line, as the ball was moved to O’Gara the veteran fly-half produced a sensational crossfield kick, which winger Shane Horgan plucked out of the sky to touchdown a try.
The icing was put on the cake with less than two minutes remaining as replacement Isaac Boss picked off a wayward pass to race in under the posts. The simple conversion completed the rout as Ireland claimed a record win on an emotional evening.
From an English perspective let’s hope we don’t see this on Saturday.
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