England get the better of Ireland in Six Nations encounter at Twickenham

  • Alex Batt

England have overcome Ireland 24-12 at Twickenham Stadium this afternoon in their Six Nations encounter.

It’s very rare you see a son take on a father in a game of sport, but that was the case in today’s clash.

England’s Owen Farrell went head-to-head with Ireland head coach Andy Farrell in a true father-son battle, and it was the son who took home the bragging rights.

England went into the game at Twickenham on the back of one win and one loss in the tournament so far, losing to France in their opener before beating Scotland.

As for Ireland, they had a perfect record after beating both Scotland and Wales.

After a convincing opening 10 minutes from the hosts, they were rewarded for their fast start when George Ford took advantage of some sloppy Ireland defending as they failed to deal with a loose ball in their own try zone. Owen Farrell then duly converted to give England an early 7-0 lead.

Johnny Sexton was the man who made the mistake at the back, and his afternoon was further dampened when he missed a relatively easy penalty kick to get Ireland’s first points of the game.

Just before the half hour mark, England extended their lead thanks to a glorious try scored by Elliot Daly, making it 12-0 to the hosts before Farrell once again converted to make it 14-0.

Jones’ men added further points on the board before half-time as Farrell converted England’s first penalty of the afternoon to extend their lead to 17.

At half-time, it was Farrell junior who was the happier, with Farrell senior needing a massive improvement in the second 40.

Whatever Farrell senior did say at half-time clearly worked, as the Irish came out fighting, pulling one try back inside 10 minutes of the second half thanks to Robbie Henshaw. The conversion was wasted, however, so it remained 17-5 to England.

Ireland’s comeback was brief, though, as just 12 minutes later, England were celebrating their third try of the game as Luke Cowan-Dickie forced the ball over the try line.

Much to the annoyance of his old man, Farrell then converted, keeping up his 100% kicking for the afternoon and taking the score to 24-5 in favour of the hosts.

Andrew Porter cut England’s lead in injury time to 24-10, before the conversion was successful as well to make it 24-12 at full-time.

Up next for Eddie Jones’ men is a home game against Wales, before they end their campaign away at Italy. For Ireland, they will play host to Italy before travelling to Paris to end their campaign.

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