Today we look back on another classic England v Ireland Six Nations encounter, as the two teams prepare to face off at Twickenham on Saturday 27th February 2016. Eddie Jones’s side will be looking to cement their Grand Slam credentials, while Joe Schmidt’s Ireland side search for their first victory in 2016.
Yesterday we remembered a great day for Irish Rugby as they recorded their biggest ever win over England with a 43-13 victory at Croke Park in 2007.
England steamroll Irish scrum to finish Six Nations in style
The number two game on our list saw England’s forwards produce one of their finest displays of the Stuart Lancaster era, running out 30-9 winners in the final game of the 2012 Six Nations.
England knew that entering the game England knew their title hopes were gone after Wales claimed the Grand Slam, while Ireland were playing just for pride. In a Twickenham deluge it was England who kept their composure and limited their mistakes.
The writing was on the wall for the Irish pack after just 50 seconds as a massive surge from the English earned them a penalty which Owen Farrell duly knocked over to give the hosts a 3-0 lead. Throughout the opening 40 minutes England dismantled the Irish front-row with outstanding scrummaging.
A further two penalties from Farrell and two from opposite number Jonathan Sexton made the scores 9-6 at the break.
Just after the interval England almost scored the first try, Tom Croft made a scorching break down the line but the ball slipped out of his hands as he was about to offload for the try.
But just 10 minutes later the England scrum was flexing its muscles once again as they put huge pressure on their opponents and left referee Nigel Owens with little option but to award a penalty try.
The continued dominance as the game wore on, with the Irish pack well beaten it was left to Ben Youngs to complete the scoring. After another scrum penalty, Youngs went for a quick tap and dived over for the try.
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