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Ireland crushed by England at Twickenham

Conor Trindle
25 Aug 2019, 14:54 GMT+10

TWICKENHAM, UK - England ran riot at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, easily accounting for Ireland in a high-scoring Quilter International.

There was some spectacular rugby and plenty of action, but most of it was by the local team.

In all, nine tries were scored in the game with tries from Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly and Manu Tuilagi for England, and an Irish touchdown by Jordan Larmour, the half-time score stood at 22-10 in England's favour.

In the second-half, England accelerated away, notching up another 33 points. Tries came from Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Tom Curry, Cokanasiga and Luke Cowan-Dickie.

Ireland picked up a second consolation try towards the end, courtesy of Bundee Aki, but it only dented what was a crushing blow for the Irish team.

The final score: 57-15.

England clearly dominated both halves, resulting in a comprehensive victory for Eddie Jones' team.

Jones when he took on the English coaching job said he was going to make Twickenham Stadium a fortress. Saturday night's win was the twenty-second win of the past 24 games England has played at the stadium.

"I was pleased with the intensity and purpose we played with," Jones said after Saturday's game.

"We went to play a certain way and we did that. We adapted a little bit to the game on the run and I thought the concentration levels were pretty good; we had a couple of lapses but got it back and that is what we are looking for in these games."

"The combination at 10-12-13 is just another good option. The reality is you need plenty of options at the World Cup and it's another one. We are pleased with how it went but we have other combinations as well," the English coach said.

"It's just one game but they (Curry/Underhill/Vunipola) combined really well. Tom Curry has really developed his ball-carrying which is important for a six so we were pleased, his defence was good and we know Sam is good around the ball and it freed Billy up and he used his offloading skills and that makes us very dangerous."

"We got good set piece ball. It was pleasing to be able to move the ball about especially after last week, so it's a nice way to prepare for the World Cup," Jones said.

Of Manu Tuilagi, who was named man of the match, Jone said: "Manu is in a good place, he has a smile on his face, he's making coffee for everyone apart from me," he joked.

"He's getting fitter. He's only 80% fit and when he gets to 100% he will be a handful. That's the reality, it's scary if you have to mark him."

Ireland Coach Joe Schmidt was disappointed with his side's performance. "We didn't really scavenge as we would have liked," he said at the post-game press conference. "I think we fell off 34 tackles, twenty-one in the first half."

"I thought the first quarter, there was a little bit off positive in that. It was tight in the first quarter," Schmidt said.

"Obviously when we led 10-8 there was a bit of promise there, but very disappointing. We were underdone, a bit heavy-legged."

"They looked sharper than we were," added the Irish coach. "I know we can get better than that."

(Photo credit: Adam Davy | PA).

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