England v Ireland live commentary

Updated: March 17, 2012

England 9 Ireland

Mins played: 80 mins

Live commentary

80 min FULL TIME England rout Ireland with an impressive performance. Full time here. 30-9 England
77 min Farrell gets another pen. 30-9 England
76 min On England come again. England have steamrolled Ireland this evening
74 min TRY ENGLAND Ben Youngs with a clever piece of play which ends the game a a contest. Farrell misses the extras
71 min A comedy of errors from Ireland there. Earls and Bowe with handling errors. Scrum to England
69 min Rob Kearney joins the list of Ireland players with a handling error. Very poor second half from Ireland
68 min England win another pen off what is a very poor Ireland scrum
67 min Another handling error from Ireland. Sums up their day really
66 min Brilliant break from Earls there, sparks Ireland into life. Line out to England deep in their 22
66 min Confident kick from Farrell. 22-9 England
64 min Pen to England. Their scrum is crushing Ireland at the moment.
63 min Poor there from O’Leary. Simple pass to Bowe misses the Ospreys winger
61 min Nice catch from Morgan. England are beginning to dominate Ireland here.
60 min England are rolling now. Lovely kick from Farrell brings England back into Ireland’s 22
58 min PENALTY TRY England get their reward for their dominance in the scrum. England lead. 19-9
56 min Huge shove from England. Penalty try surely has to be given soon.
55 min Beautiful kick there by Farrell. Forces O’Leary to ground the ball in his own 22. Five meter scrum to England
53 min Nice play from Strettle; good foot work. England on top in this period so far
52 min No mistake from Sexton. 12-9 England
51 min Pen to Ireland. Right in front of the sticks. Sexton to take it.
50 min Yet another knock on in the game. Advantage to Ireland
49 min Ronan O’Gara and Thomas O’Leary both come in. D’Arcy and Redden both off
48 min Another chance for Farrell to extend England’s lead. He make no mistake. 12-6 England
45 min Very unlucky for Croft. Clean through and ball spills from his hands yard from the line.
43 min Better from Ireland in the scrum. If they cane get parity there Ireland have a big chance here.
42 min Knock on from England. Scrum to Ireland. Huge scrum now
41 min Sextoon gets the second half underway
40 min Sexton nails the kick. Half time. England lead 9-6
40 min Pen to Ireland. Huge effort from Dominic Ryan to win that pen.
39 min Another knock on from Ireland. Been the story of the first half so far
37 min Bad news from Ireland. Mike Ross has been taken off. Tom Court is on
36 min Good break from Tommy Bowe. But poor decision making from Ireland again loose the ball.
35 min Farrell makes no mistake. 9-3 England
34 min Huge turnover from England off an Ireland scrum. They win a pen for their efforts. Farrell will go for goal
32 min Great defensive kick from Kearney there. Both sides haven’t really started yet.
31 min Big carry from Tuilagi there. Great defence from Ferris forces the turnover for Ireland
29 min Poor from D’Arcy Kicks out on the full. Line out to England on Ireland’s 10 meter line
28 min Ireland win a pen off the scrum. England failing to use the ball from the scrum
26 min Scrum to England. Accidental offside from Kearney.
24 minScrappy from both sides. Tuilagi knocks the ball on. Ireland looking dangerous under the high ball
23 min Farrell puts away another pen . England lead 6-3
22 min Another huge scrum from England. Ireland are loosing the battle at scrum time.
21 min Good play from England. Sexton knock the ball on. Scrum to England in Ireland’s half
20 min Pen to England off the scrum. Farrell opts to kick to touch. Line out to England
19 min After winning the lineout, Ireland knock the ball on. Scrum to England just on halfway
17 min Pen to England. Ireland going off their feet. Line out to England near Ireland’s 22
16 min Nice defence from Trimble, under pressure from Foden. Tight game at the moment
15 min Sexton nails it. 3-3
14 min Kncok on from Foden on the 22, but England give away a sill pen for been offside. Sexton with the kick at goal
12 min Great defence from Ireland there. Hugely physical at the breakdown
10 min What a drop goal attempt from Rob Kearney on halfway. Hits the bar. Very unlucky
9 min Line out for Ireland. But knock on after the line out. Scrum to England
8 min Brilliant break from Earls into the heart of England’s 22. Better from Ireland
7 min Line out to Ireland just outside England’s 22
6 min Lovely kick from Foden gives England a foothold in Ireland’s half
5 min Nice charge down from Redden off the box kick. Ireland remain in England’s half
4 min Poor hands from Heaslip. Knock on from the Leinster no 8. Scrum to England
3 min Poor box kick from England there. Line out to Ireland near England’s 22
2 min Huge kick from Farrell. England lead 3-0
1 min Penalty to England off the scrum. Farrell points to the sticks. First chance of the game to England
1 min Knock on from Ireland. Scrum for England on halfway
1 mins Farrell to get us underway
0 mins Anthems done. Here we go
0 mins Welcome. Both sides have just taken to the field.

England: B Foden; C Ashton, M Tuilagi, B Barritt, D Strettle; O Farrell, L Dickson; A Corbisiero, D Hartley, D Cole, M Botha, G Parling, T Croft, C Robshaw (capt), B Morgan.

Replacements: L Mears, M Stevens, T Palmer, P Dowson, B Youngs, C Hodgson, M Brown.

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Keith Earls, 12 Gordon D’Arcy, 11 Andrew Trimble, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Eoin Reddan, 1 Cian Healy, 2 Rory Best (captain), 3 Mike Ross, 4 Donncha O’Callaghan, 5 Donnacha Ryan, 6 Stephen Ferris, 7 Sean O’Brien, 8 Jamie Heaslip.

Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Tom Court, 18 Mike McCarthy, 19 Peter O’Mahony, 20 Tomás O’Leary, 21 Ronan O’Gara, 22 Fergus McFadden.

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