England ruin Ireland’s farewell party

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Updated: August 27, 2011

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Ireland 9 : 20 England
Full time played

Wilkinson 2min (missed drop kick)
Tuilagi 5min (try)
Wilkinson 6min (Conversion)
O’Gara 9min (penalty)
Wilkinson 14min (penalty)
O’Gara 22min (penalty)
Wilkinson 27min (penalty)
O’Gara 36min (penalty)
O’Gara 36min (missed penalty)
Armitage 46min (try)
Wilkinson 47min (conversion)

Report:
England bounced back from their defeat in Wales to head to New Zealand on a high. Their poor run of form in Dublin coming to an end with a 11 point win. Ireland will board the plane down to the Southern Hemisphere on the back off four straight defeats in August but with key players like O’Brien and Driscoll to come back into the team they will only get better. England will be pleased with the performance of their centre pairing of Tindall and Tuilagi. Tuilagi in particular will be pleased with his 80 minutes as he tormented Ireland with and without the ball. The loss of David Wallace was a key turning point for Ireland as was the early departure of Heaslip however the modern game is about the squad and with players like Leamy coming on, these cannot be used as excuses.

The decision making might come in for some criticsim with Ireland turning down chances to kick for points in favour of the line out however the positives were the return of Jerry Flannery who showed he is still Ireland’s best hooker while Paul O’Connell looked like he was back to his best. Ireland will benefit from the game time, while the results have not gone to plan, Kidney will be keen to focus on the fitness and competitive action which should stand to them in good stead by the time they open against the USA

Commentary:
Full time: Nigel Owens blows the whistle and thats the end of it. Ireland suffer their fourth defeat in four games in August.
78min Game almost up now for Ireland, they continue to try though. Just over 31 minutes since the last score.
76min 4 minutes to go and Ireland have been camped in the English half for the last while, its come to nothing with Murray the latest Irish man to run out of idea’s. His cross field kick going out to hand the ball back to England. 48,000 people have paid through the turnstiles today, its been a mixed day the form of O’Connell will be the most pleasing aspect. He’s been impressive today.
74min Ireland scrum
74min England force Ireland out wide and play ends with Darcy going over the line but England make another mistake, this time in the line out.
72min McFadden is on for Ireland. Best has another line out in the English 22, poor from Armitage to hand the chance to Ireland
71min England turn it over and despite the best efforts of Murphy, Wilkinson finds touch
70min Healy is down and in a bit of pain. Meanwhile its a big line out for Best. Court is on for Healy.
69min Scrum breaks down and its an Irish penalty, Sexton to kick to touch.
68min Ireland attacking but the ball is slow and England not really under pressure.
64min Sexton with another chip through that goes out for line out.
63min First touch from Sexton who kick to the wings but the ball is greasy now and skips over the line, England line out. Simon Shaw on for England.
62min Murray and Sexton come on for Reddan and O’Gara. Hard conditions now to try and change this.
60min The rain is bucketing down now. Meanwhile its another missed opportunity by Ireland who lose the ball from the line out and England have it.
59min Earls with a chip and go buts its over the line and England restart
57min Croft collects a poor Wilkinson pass but his little chip goes straight out Ireland linen out, better from Best.
56min Stevens is on for England
55min Shocking from Wilkinson who kicks for touch but it goes over the try line. Ireland scrum and win it to break.
55min Yet another penalty, this time to Ireland
53min Ireland come in from the side and its England who get the penalty. Healy the guilty man.
51min Line out is poor and England get the put into the scrum.
50min England not moving away, Ireland penalty. O’Gara with a lovely kick to touch. Hartley on for Thompson
49min England offside, and O’Gara kicks to touch. Best on for his 50th cap, Flannery goes off.
48min Ireland need to regroup now and finish well – but they give the ball away and England break. Ireland defend well and get the advantage.
47min Wilkinson converts to make it a 11 point game.
45min TRY! Spoke too soon, Tindall with a lovely through kick for Armitage to finish. With 14 men too. nice.
44min England have steadied the ship after a strong Ireland start and now on the attack just inside the Irish 22. its very slow ball
42min O’Gara lets England off the hook as his kick comes back off the post
42min Yellow Card for Chris Ashton, England down to 14. The flying winger going off his feet there. Chance for Ireland now.
41min Second half gets underway and Ireland are full of intent early on
40min A forward pass brings the first half to an end. England lead by four but Ireland have had plenty of ball mainly due to indiscipline by the close neighbours. Tuilagi will be the main talking point so far, a good try and break hopefuly overshadowing the tackle that led to Wallace being stretchered off, although all Irish fan’s will be hoping that the Munster man will be ok.
39min Healy got some treatment there but is ok, O’Gara kicks to touch and Ireland win the line out. A score before half time would be welcome.
38min The game has lost a small bit of its excitment last few minutes as the penalty count increases.
38min England’s turn to turn it over as Bowe is tackled, good work there. England have the ball but fail to stay on their feet and its Ireland ball once more.
37min More good work by Ireland as they tackle Armitage to win a penalty.
36min O’Gara gets it, he’s boot is keeping Ireland in touch
36min Another Ireland penalty, Owen’s warns England about the breakdown. O’Gara to reduce the lead down to four.
35min Heaslip goes off for Donnacha Ryan. Looks like its just a precaution and nothing too serious.
34min Ireland line out just outside the England 22
33min Ireland penalty, as England comes in from the side. Small bit of argy bargy there, Owens in control though.
32min Knock on by Wilkinson but it was a poor pass, good kick by Reddan to create the chance. Ireland scrum.
31min Ireland get out of jail as some poor decisions means Ireland get back. Let off. Wilkinson again with a poor decision.
31min Tuliagi breaks with pace from his own 22 and is just caughy by Murphy near the Irish try line.
30min England offside from the up and under, Ireland ball. Poor from Wilkinson as the ball doesn’t even go 10 metres. O’Gara kicks for touch.
28min Ireland are mixing good passing with poor in equal measures, Healy and Flannery’s break down the wing the good. A loose pass behind ROG the bad. England ball.
27min Wilkinson makes no mistake yet again, solid kicking.
25min Its been an entertaining opening, neither team are holding back anyway in the tackles. Penalty to England for a high tackle by Leamy.
25min Reddan with a kick that clears straight into England hands who run but O’Gara collects and shows fancy footwork to move Ireland forward.
24min Wilkinson with a grubber that goes into touch, Ireland line out on their 22
23min Murphy gets in front of his centre from a good Ireland turn over and its England ball now
22min Leamy comes on for Wallace.
21min Wallace looks to be in some discomfort. I hope he’s ok it was a big hit to take. On the field O’Gara takes a penalty for Ireland and reduces the lead to 4.
21min Great work by Wallace, who holds off a number of England players to push Ireland forward. Wallace is tackled by Tuilagi and looks to be in some pain.
19min Ireland have the scrum as a forward pass bounces back and is picked up. Good kick by O’Gara, England line out in their own 22
18min England are targetting the Irish midfield which to be honest is not the biggest. Ireland line out, they win and hold the ball.
16min Fast penalty by Reddan but his pass is caught by Cueto who makes a run, thankfully Reddan got back but its a missed chance and England have it
15min First time we’ve seen Trimble with ball in hand and he does well to win a penalty. O’Gara again opts for touch, which they win.
14min Wilkinson makes no mistake and breaks the 100 points mark against Ireland
12min England show their scrummaging power now as they win an easy penalty
11min England restart and win a scrum but Ireland turn it over and win one of their own, great work there by the Irish forwards.
9min O’Gara makes no mistake and that should steady Ireland now after the try.
8min Murphy tackled off the ball as he goes for a up and under. Penalty Ireland. Lawes gets a speaking to.
7min O’Callaghan collects but its dropped and England break.
7min Ireland get a quick chance to get back in it with a penalty, O’Gara opts for the touch.
6min Wilkinson converts
5min TRY!! Tuilagi goes over for his second try of the summer series, Haskell made the break and space opened up. A missed tackle by Earls not helping.
4min Good start by the English scrum
3min Good restart from the 22 by O’Gara, its a nice one and hangs nicely, England loose it under pressure but Flannery knocks forward. Scrum England
3min Ireland push England back and Wilkinson tries for a drop goal, it goes wide though. Ireland to restart.
2min Good start by England, their pack will play a big part today and its evident already. Fourie has had a couple of nice touches too, he’s keen to prove a point. Ireland on defensive duties early on but they look organised.
1min Wilkinson get’s us under way, the rain has subsided and the sun is out
0min Easter is out so it will be a strange day for Fourie who starts after his late call up. Haskell moves to 8 for England.
0min Its a rainy day in Dublin and there is a lot of excitment building. The Earls/D’arcy combo looks exciting while the weather should O’Gara who will feel like he’s back in Thomond Park today. With just one loss in 8 games Ireland will be confident.
0min Nick Easter has emerged as a doubt for this game and with Tom Wood also suffering an injury scare Martin Johnson has called in Henry Fourie to the squad. Fourie was omitted from the World cup squad last week.

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Teams:

Ireland: G Murphy (Leicester); T Bowe (Ospreys), K Earls (Munster) G D’Arcy (Leinster), A Trimble (Ulster); R O’Gara (Munster) E Reddan (Leinster); C Healy (Leinster), J Flannery (Munster) M Ross (Leinster), D O’Callaghan (Munster), P O’Connell (Munster, capt), S Ferris (Ulster), D Wallace (Munster), J Heaslip (Leinster).

Replacements: R Best (Ulster), T Court (Ulster), D Ryan (Munster), D Leamy (Munster), C Murray (Munster), J Sexton (Leinster), F McFadden (Leinster).

England: B Foden (Northampton); C Ashton (Northampton), M Tuilagi (Leicester), M Tindall (Gloucester, capt), M Cueto (Sale); J Wilkinson (Toulon), R Wigglesworth (Saracens); A Sheridan (Sale), S Thompson (Wasps) D Cole (Leicester), L Deacon (Leicester), C Lawes (Northampton), T Croft (Leicester), J Haskell (Black Rams), N Easter (Harlequins).

Replacements: D Hartley (Northampton), M Stevens (Saracens), S Shaw (unattached), T Wood (Northampton), J Simpson (Wasps), T Flood (Leicester), D Armitage (London Irish).

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