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Ireland Men defeated England 13-9 in Dublin, thereby ending England’s 18-game win streak. It also prevented the Red Roses from gaining their second RBS Six Nations Grand Slam. England had to settle for achieving a second consecutive Six Nations’ title, finishing the season at 4-1.
Ireland deserve to have the number “18” set on the green jersey for Saturday’s victory marked the second time in less than 12-months that the team halted an 18-game Test match streak. Last year in Chicago, Ireland performed a similar feat against the undefeated All Blacks.
England’s vaunted try scoring machine ground to a halt against the Irish. The losers, who had run in seven tries against Scotland, scored on but three penalties, and never crossed their opponents’ try line.
Ireland went ahead 3-0 on a penalty until England tied the game at 3-3. Then, in the 23rd-minute of the first half, Ireland hammered away inside England’s five-meter line until, finally, they bowled in for a try to make the score 10-3 after the conversion. And this was the tally at the break.
In the second half, Ireland kicked one penalty, while England had two to make the result 13-9.
A resolute and determined Irish XV controlled all phases of play, attaining 61-percent of possession, and landing 64-percent of territory.
The outcome left England tied with New Zealand at 18 consecutive Test match victories.
For Ireland, Friday’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration continued until Saturday, and lasted all night. Kudos to Ireland for this milestone win.