Ireland lose to England in Six Nations

England 13-10 Ireland
Published Saturday, 22 February 2014
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Ireland have lost to England at Twickenham in the Six Nations.

Ireland lose to England in Six Nations
Ireland take on England in the Six Nations. (© PA)

The visitors were 3-0 down following an Owen Farrell penalty in the first half but a Rob Kearney try early in the second half put Ireland into the ascendency.

England fought back with a snapshot try from Danny Care which helped them to a 13-10 lead, and Stuart Lancaster's side managed to hold on for the victory as they fought off Ireland's meticulously-crafted attacks.

The result means the Irish miss out on the Triple Crown and Grand Slam, although the Six Nations championship is still up for grabs.

Head coach Joe Schmidt said: "We've just got to make sure in the next few weeks we put ourselves in the best position to beat Italy.

"If you take them any less than 100% you saw what happened to Wales.

"They will be devastated by the loss against Scotland, and that makes them that much more formidable.

"One step at a time and unfortunately we tripped up on Saturday."

Farrell's penalty was all that separated the sides in an absorbing first half which saw the defences reign as Ireland and England took it in turns to trade blows.

A try from Kearney put the Irish ahead after he stormed through to touch down under the posts, and Johnny Sexton added the conversion and a penalty to open up a 10-3 lead as Ireland moved into a commanding position.

Farrell added another penalty to slash England's deficit before the decisive moment came in the 57th minute when Care raced in under the posts to score an outstanding try.

It was converted by Farrell to give the hosts a 13-10 advantage which they held onto during an anxious final quarter as they fended off the final throws of Irish resistance.

There's now a four-way fight for the Six Nations title with England, Wales and France all suffering one defeat in the tournament's first three rounds.

Lancaster said: "Given the experience of the Ireland team, the form they were in, the quality of the coaching and the players that they have in their team and some of the relative inexperience we have in our team, I'm just so proud of the boys.

"It was a proper Test match, two really good sides going at it. I thought Ireland were excellent throughout, scored a try after half-time and really had some momentum with them

"But I thought we showed great maturity in closing out the game and great tries as well so (I am) really, really pleased. Ireland, fair play to them, threw everything at us and once we got that lead we just clung on in there."

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paul in larne wrote (339 days ago):
now now, there's no shame in loosing ;-)
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