This was the best England have played under Head Coach Eddie Jones, with the team putting in a monumental performance against the odds in Dublin that will long be in the memory of every England fan.
England had struggled playing in Ireland before yesterday’s game. One win since 2003, no tries scored in the last eight years, meant the odds were stacked against them.
A mesmerising performance like this is just what Jones needed, as pressure ever since last years dismal Six Nations has mounted.
Ireland came into the opening round of the Six Nations as firm favourites and many thought yesterday’s game would’ve been a comfortable win, as their form at the Aviva Stadium coming into the game was excellent, winning their last 12 home matches and they had just beaten the All Blacks 16-9 in November.
However, England’s relentless pressure from the off was too much to handle for a shocked Irish side.
England had the dream start going ahead through a try by Jonny May, after good hands in the backline meant the winger had the space to exploit the gap in the Irish defence.
Elliot Daly went over but Ireland hit back through a try from close range by Cian Healy.
England didn’t have it easy, as they went down to 14 men after flanker Tom Curry went into the sin bin during the first half, but England from start to finish defended as if their lives depended on it.
Two second half tries from Henry Slade saw off Ireland as he craftily capitalised on Ireland mistakes to seal the win.
Slade’s first was after a great kick over the top by May exploited Ireland’s defence and the Exeter Chiefs man used his pace to score. His second was after he intercepted a poor pass by Johnny Sexton and brilliantly managed to hold onto the loose ball to get another score.
Ireland scored a late consolation try through John Cooney but that couldn’t put a damper on a fantastic England performance.
England contained World Player of the Year Johnny Sexton’s involvement in the game to a bare minimum and this was crucially key to the win.
Devastating ball carrying from the returning Manu Tuilagi was a great sight for all England fans and the impact from the Vunipola brothers Billy and Mako was vital to England’s heroic performance. With the latter putting in a man of the match performance that included a staggering 23 tackles.
Ireland need a strong bounce back reaction in their next game, which is against a much improved Scotland side. Whereas, England take on France looking to use their momentum to get maximum points next weekend.
By Ben Jaycock