It was a match that looked like a semi-final between England and Ireland in Twickenham, Saturday 12 March, on behalf of the fourth day of the Six Nations Championship. In second and third place in the standings, the British battled for second place before the final day that would see XV de la Rose move to France. Andy Farrell’s men emerged victorious after a fierce battle marked by four attempts.
Sixth minute: James Lowe kicks from entry (0-8)
In numerical superiority since the fourth minute of play, and the red card to Charlie Ewells, the Irish dominated the start of the match. Over the course of several periods of play, they went up the entire field and it was New Zealand-born winger James Lowe who scored the first attempt of the match at the end of the streak. After passing the first penalty kick, Jonathan Sexton misses the conversion.
37: Ireland split before the end of the first half (6-15)
Since James Lowe’s first attempt, XV de la Rose has been fighting back. Two penalties from his striker, Marcus Smith, allow him to keep in touch, two small points behind the Irishman. However, it only takes one chance for the Greens to move forward. Three minutes before the break, and after a few periods of turmoil, they scored a new attempt by Hugo Keenan. This time, Jonathan Sexton’s shift goes between the poles and Ireland stand out a bit more upon returning to the locker room.
Seventy-second: Irish widen the gap (15-25)
Returning to a tie (15-15) thanks to a restrained but effective game, the English cast doubt on the Irish. More precisely in the game of “rugby ping pong”, the latter nevertheless managed to settle in the English camp. After a long string of possession, third-grader Jack Conan scored the match’s third attempt, a K.-O.
75th: XV of Clover wins attack bonus (15-32)
In the aftermath of the third attempt, the Irish certainly beat their opponents. The fourth attempt of the day, which is the bonus, equals a controlled end to the match. The English were exhausted by more than an hour contested in 14 to 15.
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