- 20:23, 12 Mar 2022
- Updated: 20:23, 12 Mar 2022
14-MAN England went down to a brave defeat against Ireland at Twickenham.
Lock Charlie Ewels was sent off after just 82 seconds for a head-on-head collision with James Ryan.
James Lowe then compounded England’s misery by scoring the first try of the game for the Irish before Hugo Keenan crossed the line to score a second try for the Irish.
Eddie Jones would have been pleased with the way his side battled back, controlling the scrum and breakdown as Marcus Smith converted five penalties to draw level at 15-15.
But the extra man ultimately told as Jack Conan and Finlay Bealham crossed the line late on to secure a bonus point Irish victory.
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Sexton taking it all in
With his retirement announced for after the 2023 World Cup, Ireland’s captain knows this is his last game at Twickenham.
And just look at him savouring the moment! Wonderful scenes from a legendary player.
Ireland hero Johnny Sexton believes Ireland would not have won at Twickenham if that game was played two years ago.
Sexton told BBC Sport: “I think two years ago we would have lost that game.
“I think at 15-15 we wouldn’t have had the composure to regroup but the mental skills and sort of development that we’ve done over the last couple of years really stood to us.
“In the week we prepared for things like this so that’s the positive out of it.”
Man of the match beams
Jamison Gibson-Park was the deserved man-of the-match for the visitors.
And he doesn’t he look delighted.
Take a bow, Gibson-Park.
Finlay Bealham was sensational for Ireland at Twickenham.
And he played a solid game in front of his mum and, who couldn’t wait to congratulate their son after the match.
But the moment was clearly too much for his dad, who was tearful after seeing his son score in a win.
Eddie Jones speaks
Eddie Jones has revealed his pride for the England team, despite their 15-32 loss to Ireland.
But he lamented the referee’s decisions when it came to the scrummage.
“I couldn’t be prouder of this team. I’m disappointed that the referee didn’t allow us to scrum properly,” he said.
“If WorldRugby want to have scrums in the game they’ll have to allow us to scrum.”
Six Nations screamer
For the neutral, it was a classic, a joy to watch.
Positives to be taken
While defeat is not something England were hoping for today from their penultimate Guinness Six Nations fixture, there are positives to be taken from the game.
The way they played and defended when they went down to 14-men was something to be proud of.
They piled the pressure on Ireland, causing many handling errors and mistakes from the visitors.
Andy Farrell’s side only managed to put the game to bed in the final 10 minutes of the game.
After his announcement of his retirement after the World Cup, Ireland have the chance to give their reliable fly-half the ultimate sign off.
A win over Scotland in Dublin, then they can sit back and watch how things unfold in Paris.
An England win would then hand Sexton a Six Nations title to remember his last ever campaign by.
Pressure on Eddie Jones
Despite going into the final game with nothing to play for in terms of silverware, this could be a huge game for England.
Questions will be asked of Eddie Jones should his side finish fourth in the Guinness Six Nations this year.
Having finished fifth in the previous campaign, a defeat in Paris could make his position unsecure.
Andy Farrell’s team move into second place in the table, two points behind France.
They have scored 142 points in their four Six Nations matches so far.
Now the awkward task of asking England to do you a favour next week against France.
FT: England 15-32 Ireland
The referee blows his whistle.
Ireland will be looking to England to do them some favours in Paris.
A great game of rugby considering how early England had a player sent-off.
England 15-32 Ireland
79. Johnny Sexton gets the chance to walk off the Twickenham pitch for one last time and take it all in.
Gibson-Park gets the Guinness man of the match.
This has been a great end to the game by Farrell’s team.
England 15-32 Ireland
77. Bealham comes off the bench and with the help of his team mates he is bundled over the line.
The Irish celebrate as they know that confirms their win.
Johnny Sexton puts the kick over in his last game at Twickenham.
Try – Finlay Bealham (Ireland)
England 15-25 Ireland
75. That score has taken the wind out of England’s sails.
No longer are the Twickenham crowd making this place bounce.
Sexton kicks into touch, deep into the English half.
England 15-25 Ireland
73. Huge try there for Ireland.
It puts them out of reach of Marcus Smith penalties.
Sexton puts his kick straight down the middle to give them some more breathing space.
Try – Jack Conan (Ireland)
England 15-18 Ireland
…. to be continued
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