Wednesday 24 January 2018

England v Ireland: Clockwatch

John Hayes is given the honour of trotting out on his own on the occasion of his 100th cap, a fantasic milestone.

1: South Africa's Mark Lawrence pings his whistle and Jonny Wilkinson gets the game underway.

3: Phase upon phase from England, but Ireland do eventually turn it over.

4: Sexton chips through and Bowe bursts through to touch down in the corner. Sexton pushes his conversion attempt wide. 0-5

11: England penalty, Ireland offside at the ruck. Wilkinson strikes the upright.

17: Quick tap and go from Care, and England win another penalty. Wilkinson kicks the three-pointer. 3-5

22: England inflicting pain on the Ireland pack and Cian Healy is penalised. Wilkinson finds touch, as England continue their territorial dominance.

24: Penalty against England, and Sexton's kick, from just inside his own half, is short.

30: Hartley is penalised for ripping the ball out of Ferris's hand while on the floor. Ireland penalty and Sexton kicks it. 3-8

37: Ireland in from the side at England's lineout and Wilkinson converts the penalty. 6-8

Half-time: England 6 Ireland 8

44: Ireland off-side but Wilkinson's effort from inside his own half is short.

53: Ireland make ground, but give away a penalty in front of England's posts for holding onto the ball.

56: England penalty reversed after some pushing and shoving.

57: Ireland pressure from the reversed penalty ends with Sexton putting Earls in at the corner. Sexton misses the conversion. 6-13

61: England five-metre scrum, and they get a shove on. Wilkinson to Tait, who's held up short, and Dan Cole burrows over. Try awarded by TMO and Wilkinson kicks the extras. 13-13

64: O'Driscoll forced off after accidental collision with team-mate Paul O'Connell.

71: O'Gara on for Sexton but it's the England out-half Wilkinson who makes his mark with a right-footed drop-goal. England have the lead. 16-13

75: O'Connell soars at the lineout and Bowe comes blasting into the line, takes the pass from O'Leary and skips over almost unopposed. O'Gara kicks the extras. 16-20

80: England put huge pressure on an Irish ruck five metres out, forcing O'Gara into a hurried clearance as the clock reaches 80, but Ireland defend heroically to deny the home side a final chance and force a turnover for Jamie Heaslip to boot the ball out.

Full-time: England 16 Ireland 20

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