Ireland 29-16 England: Johnny Sexton leads hosts to Grand Slam glory
Ireland 29-16 England: Johnny Sexton leads hosts to Grand Slam glory as RECORD Six Nations points scorer as lack of discipline hurts Steve Borthwick’s side following Freddie Steward’s red card in Dublin
Ireland beat England 29-16 to become Grand Slam champions in Dublin on Saturday.
Tryes from Dan Sheehan, Robbie Henshaw and Rob Herring gave Ireland their historic victory at the Aviva Stadium as England suffered from poor discipline despite pulling off a spirited comeback after their humiliation against France last weekend.
England fought well in the first half and went ahead 6-0 thanks to two early Owen Farrell penalties, but veteran Johnny Sexton brought Ireland back into the game by becoming the all-time leading points scorer in the Six Nations.
Dan Sheehan’s try late in the first half put Ireland ahead after a well-worked lineout from the hosts, but the dynamics of the close encounter changed dramatically after Freddie Steward was sent off.
The full-back was dismissed after inadvertently bringing down Hugo Keenan with his shoulder, making contact with the Irishman’s head.
Ireland beat England 29-16 to become Grand Slam champions in Dublin on Saturday afternoon
Dan Sheehan put Ireland ahead just before half-time, scoring a try after a well-worked lineout
Freddie Steward was sent off on the brink of halftime for a dangerous tackle on Hugo Keenan
England fought hard after the break and rallied back to 10-9 in favor of Ireland, as Farrell continued to kick well off the tee.
But Ireland’s quest for the Grand Slam escalated, with Robbie Henshaw and Sheehan scoring twice in quick succession to put them within arm’s reach of glory.
The visitors pulled off a comeback attempt from nowhere through Jamie George to cast some doubt on Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes, but Jack Willis’s yellow card for a reckless tackle shortly afterwards put the hosts back in the seat. of the driver.
Claiming the feat in style, Ireland struck again through Rob Herring in the closing minutes, sealing their first Grand Slam since 2018.
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Robbie Henshaw’s try just after the hour mark gave Ireland a comfortable lead over England.
Sheehan again broke through the England defense late on, bringing Ireland one step closer to victory.
Rob Herring put the game out of doubt in the final minutes, scoring Ireland’s fourth try