England 18-7 Eire: Jonny Might stars in emphatic and entertaining victory for hosts

England 18-7 Eire: Jonny Might stars in emphatic and entertaining victory for hosts

Jonny May scores England's first try v Ireland
Jonny Might has now scored 31 tries for England
England: (12) 18
Tries: Might 2; Pens: Farrell 2; Con: Farrell
Eire: (0) 7
Strive: Stockdale; Con: Burns

Wing Jonny Might scored an outstanding solo strive as England claimed an emphatic and entertaining Autumn Nations Cup victory towards Eire at Twickenham.

Might crossed twice because the hosts dominated the primary half and the second strive, protecting a lot of the pitch as he chased his kick, was certainly one of his best.

The hosts retained management after the break with two Owen Farrell penalties.

Unwilling to let Might take all of the plaudits, Jacob Stockdale chased a kick to provide Eire their solely strive.

England at the moment are prime of their group and in pole place to compete for the title on finals weekend.

Eddie Jones’ aspect journey to Wales for his or her ultimate group recreation subsequent Saturday, whereas Eire host Georgia on the Sunday.

Italy, Scotland, Fiji and France function in Group B, however Fiji have been unable to finish any of their matches due to a coronavirus outbreak within the group.

The winners of every of the 2 teams will face one another on 5 or 6 December to resolve an general champion.

England’s backs gentle up Twickenham

England head coach Jones made certain to emphasize earlier than the match that his aspect have been dealing with their hardest problem for the reason that return of worldwide rugby in October.

With England’s previous two Assessments coming towards Georgia and Italy, it was not as controversial an announcement as people who would come later within the week.

Jones jokingly referred to Eire because the “United Nations”, referencing the 5 southern hemisphere-born gamers of their beginning line-up, and questioned prop Andrew Porter’s scrummaging approach.

Eire didn’t look as fired up by the opposition coach’s feedback as they could have been and have been overshadowed by England’s electrical backs.

Hooker Jamie George had claimed a hat-trick from mauls of their 40-0 win towards Georgia, however England’s attacking intentions this week have been clear as Ben Youngs took a fast penalty from a place that might have seen Farrell declare a straightforward three factors.

The captain bought his reward shortly after as his cross-field kick fell for Might, who leaped into the south-west London sky to beat Hugo Keenan and cross in the appropriate nook.

It was the wing’s thirtieth England strive however his crowning second got here minutes later with a rating that’s certain to make Twickenham highlights reels for years to return.

Might danced round Irish defenders on his personal 22 then chased his personal kick, beating Eire scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park, and one other faucet along with his foot allowed him to cowl the ultimate 10 metres and rating.

His thirty first strive took him one forward of Jeremy Guscott’s whole and degree with 2003 World Cup winners Ben Cohen and Will Greenwood – solely England’s file try-scorer Rory Underwood on 49 stays forward of him.

Jacob Stockdale scores
Jacob Stockdale scored Eire’s solely strive

Farrell extends lead as Eire concede penalties

The match had been billed as a bodily battle, with Eire captain James Ryan and England star Maro Itoje at its centre.

That bodily component was clear as Eire lock Quinn Roux made the primary important transfer after the break, pulling England flanker Tom Curry to the ground by his neck.

The infraction gave Farrell the prospect so as to add three factors to England’s lead and, shortly after the extra skilled Conor Murray got here on to interchange Gibson-Park, Eire conceded one other penalty.

Ryan was caught off his ft on the breakdown and Farrell made no mistake from the tee once more, placing England 18 factors forward.

Eire’s forwards continued to struggle however ultimately handed the baton over to the backs as fly-half Ross Byrne kicked ahead for centre Chris Farrell, who was held up by Henry Slade over the tryline.

The sport started to lose momentum till substitute fly-half Billy Burns breathed some life into it earlier than the dying.

The quantity 10 chipped a ball excessive and Stockdale burst ahead, beating Max Malins to assert it and develop into the primary participant to attain towards England within the Autumn Nations Cup.

Participant of the match: Jonny Might

Jonny May runs away from an Irish tackle
Jonny Might’s moustache, grown for charity occasion Movember, didn’t appear to gradual him down as he evaded Irish defenders for his spectacular rating


England coach Eddie Jones advised BBC Radio 5 Dwell Sports activities Further: “We dominated the sport, put ourselves in a great place to perhaps go on and dominate. We did not, however there’s much more in us, which is agreeable.

“The defence was fairly good however we’re upset with the strive on the finish. We might have preferred to have a clear sheet, as they are saying in soccer, however we’re bettering. I significantly preferred our ferocity of our ruck defence at the moment.”

‘Unsure whether or not England needs to be grateful or Eire aggrieved’ – evaluation

Former England scrum-half Matt Dawson stated on BBC Radio 5 Dwell Sports activities Further: “It was routine from England. There have been glimpses within the first half and injections of tempo.

“There was counter-attacking and there have been fantastic tries from Might. I assumed ‘right here we go’ for the second half, however as a lot as Eire knocked on the door, England had an excessive amount of and weren’t too fussed about attacking.”

Former Eire centre Darren Cave on BBC Radio 5 Dwell Sports activities Further: “I assumed we might be taught the place each groups are at, however it was laborious to evaluate.

“Eire have been underwhelming, England have been dominant, however it didn’t replicate that. England know the way to beat Eire; they executed their plan completely. I am unsure if Eire ought to be glad about solely shedding by 13, or England aggrieved for not scoring extra.”


England: Daly; Joseph, Lawrence, Slade, Might; Farrell (capt), Youngs; M Vunipola, George, Sinckler; Itoje, Launchbury; Curry, Underhill, B Vunipola.

Replacements: Genge for M Vunipola (62), Earl for Underhill (62), Robson for Youngs (62), Stuart for Sinckler (68), Hill for Launchbury (68), Ford for Lawrence (68), Malins for Joseph (71) Dunn for George (79).

Eire: Keenan; Earls, Farrell, Aki, Lowe; R Byrne, Gibson-Park; Healy, Kelleher, Porter; Roux, James Ryan (capt); Stander, O’Mahony, Doris.

Replacements: Murray for Gibson-Park (50), Herring for Kelleher (50), Henderson for Roux (50), Stockdale for Keenan (57), Bealham for Healy (65), Connors for Stander (65), Burns for Byrne (68).

Not used: John Ryan

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