Eddie Jones’ men have a Triple Crown in their sights but old foes Wales, so good at thwarting England, will be up for it at Twickenham on Saturday 12th March. The game will be a Six Nations title decider as England look to end their 13 year wait for a Grand Slam.
Wales won ugly against France in the latest round of matches and have the up-front muscle to take on the England forwards.
England beat Ireland 21-10 albeit it was nowhere near as conclusive as it sounds. It was down to huge pack pressure headed by Billy Vunipola which, allied to great defence, gradually sapped the immense Irish effort.
The hosts went into the break with a slim 6-3 advantage, which didn’t reflect the amount of possession and pressure they had near the Irish line for much of the first half. Captain Dylan Hartley had his effort ruled out by the TMO, a real 50-50 decision that split the opinion of fans and pundits alike.
England edge closer to Six Nations glory after powerful second half showing at Twickenham
At the start of the second period, James Haskell was sent to the bin for a late hit on Conor Murray. The Irish scrum-half the scored a sniping close-in try had given the visitors a narrow lead. Suddenly the game had a very different look and feel.
But two tries in five minutes from Anthony Watson and Mike Brown, both overlaps, snatched back control of what had been a tight, error-strewn match. It was no surprise that both efforts came on the back of huge carries from Vunipola. There were also some high quality passes from Chris Robshaw and Owen Farrell to complete the moves.
England had the luck with an Irish try disallowed after the TMO ruled it inconclusive. Even though it seemed as though flanker Josh van der Flier had made it to the line.
There was another yellow-card this time for replacement Danny Care, while Brown caught Murray with his boot during a ruck, he could be cited for the incident but it would be extremely harsh.
After the game Hartley stated that discipline will be at the top of the list for training this week telling BBC Sport: “The boss believes we left some opportunities out there and I fully agree. I’m sure there’s plenty to work on, discipline being top of the list.”
A Grand Slam is on the cards now for the men in white. But Wales tend to get better as the competition goes on and a point adrift of England it remains all to play for.
Wales though will be no respecter of this England squad and, with the greater flair, will look to snatch victory and win the Six Nations themselves. After their famous victory in the World Cup they will hold no fear of HQ.
England have a great chance of glory. They are full of confidence and are under the guidance of a astute tactician.
This promises to be another classic encounter between two great rugby nations, as England look to extinguish the fire of the Red Dragon
Prior to this massive Six Nations encounter guests enjoyed outstanding full hospitality inside the Merits Hospitality Complex situated within the shadow of Twickenham Stadium. On arrival our guests were greeted with a Champagne Reception, served by our VIP hostess team along with the complimentary bar which was available throughout the day.
This was followed by a luxurious four course luncheon which included Marinated Pepper & Goats Cheese Bruschetta; Three Bone Rack of Lamb served with with a Rosemary and Redcurrant Jus accompanied by Fondant Potato and a Buttered Carrot and French Bean Bundle; Chocolate Mousse and a Selection of English and Continental Cheeses.
Former England and British and Irish Lions international Tim Stimpson was joined by two former England stars as Tim Payne (Wasps, England and British Lions) and Paul Grayson MBE (Northampton Saints, England and British Lions) who both gave their insights and opinions before kick-off.
As the jubilant England fans (and a few downbeat Irish fans) returned after the conclusion of the game for delicious chicken tikka curry; former Ireland and Leinster fly-half Mick Quinn treated everyone to some hilarious anecdotes and jokes from his days playing with the likes of Willie John McBride. It is fair to say Quinn really stole the show and certainly lifted the spirits of his fellow countrymen. A brilliant end to wonderful day.
Roll on Wales!
For more information please follow the link to our Twickenham Six Nations hospitality page.