Ireland destroyed England’s Grand Slam hopes as Brian O’Driscoll became the all-time leading try scorer in the history of the Six Nations.
Three Jonathan Sexton penalties gave Ireland an early 9-0 lead which they extended when a quick Sexton tap freed Tommy Bowe to go over. Toby Flood missed one and then posted a penalty to take us in at 14-3 half-time. The second period and it was Ireland still with all the power and pace and the to cap it all the O’Driscoll try to take the record. England did tighten up and compete in the last quarter but all that did was stop the score line from getting worse. so it was an Ireland convincing win and final score of:
Ireland 24-8 England
Tries: Bowe, O’Driscoll Con: Sexton Pens: Sexton 4
Tries: Thomson Pens: Flood
Ireland: Earls; Bowe, B O’Driscoll, D’Arcy, Trimble; Sexton, Reddan; Healy, Best, Ross, O’Callaghan, O’Connell, O’Brien, D Wallace, Heaslip.
Replacements: O’Gara for Sexton (69), Stringer for Reddan (71), Cronin for Best (71), Court for Ross (58), Cullen for O’Connell (78), D LEamy for D Wallace (71).
Not Used: P Wallace.
England: Foden; Ashton, Banahan, Hape, Cueto; Flood, Youngs; Corbisiero, Hartley, Cole, Deacon, Palmer, Wood, Haskell, Easter.
Replacements: Strettle for Cueto (66), Wilkinson for Flood (51), Care for Youngs (46), Thompson for Hartley (51), Doran-Jones for Cole (51), Croft for Deacon (55), Shaw for Palmer (27).
Sin Bin: Youngs (35).
Ref: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand).