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    Ireland 43 England 13



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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/6389727. stm


    Ireland: (23) 43
    Tries: Dempsey, Wallace, Horgan, Boss
    Cons: O'Gara 3, Wallace
    Pens: O'Gara 5


    England: (3) 13
    Tries: Strettle
    Cons: Wilkinson
    Pens: Wilkinson 2


    <!- S SF ->Ireland got their Six Nations campaign back on track by demolishing England in their first meeting at Croke Park.


    Three Ronan O'Gara penalties edged the hosts into a 9-3 lead before tries from Girvan Dempsey and David Wallace gave them a 23-3 lead at the break.


    A try from debutant David Strettle helped England cut the gap to 26-13 early in the second half.


    But Shane Horgan and Isaac Boss added further tries as Ireland claimed their record win over England. <!- E IMED ->





    There had been an emotional build-up to the match at Croke Park, home of the Gaelic Athletic Association, and it was more than matched by a pulsating encounter.


    England took a second-minute lead through a Jonny Wilkinson penalty but the hosts were soon back on terms when O'Gara replied in kind.


    The opening quarter of the match was fairly even but as the half wore on the Irish started to gain the upper hand and two further O'Gara penalties saw them lead 9-3 after 26 minutes.


    With the rain bucketing down once more Ireland's pack began to exert their influence at the line-out and just before the 30-minute mark came a crucial moment.


    England just managed to halt the rampaging Simon Easterby but Danny Grewcock cynically went offside at the ruck and was yellow carded.


    With England down to 14 men Ireland went for the kill, kicking the penalty into the corner, and it paid off as they scored the opening try of the match.


    England managed to repel the initial driving maul but the Irish, after some dithering and a poor pass from Stringer, spun the ball down the line.


    Fine passes from Gordon D'Arcy and Brian O'Driscoll rescued the move and they sent Dempsey over, with O'Gara adding the extras.


    Horgan and Paul O'Connell then both went close, with Mathew Tait making a fine tackle to deny the former, before Ireland stretched well clear when Wallace burrowed over after 38 minutes.


    O'Gara made no mistake with the conversion to give Ireland a 23-3 lead at half-time.


    O'Gara stretched the lead further with a penalty soon after the re-start but the visitors hit back almost immediately when the debutant Strettle skated over in the corner after England whipped the ball down the line.


    Wilkinson converted from the touchline and although he fell short when he tried his luck with a penalty from halfway, he made no mistake from closer in soon after.


    It looked as though the world champions were building some momentum but from the kick-off replacement prop Julian White was penalised for illegal use of the boot in a ruck and O'Gara cancelled out the penalty to restore Ireland's 16-point advantage.


    From that moment Ireland assumed total control, launching a series of threatening attacks on the England line.


    England just managed to repel one assault when captain O'Driscoll was held up over the line by Mike Tindall, but the visitors could not hold out for long.


    From the resulting scrum O'Gara cross-kicked and the 6ft 4in Horgan soared above Lewsey to claim a fine try.


    O'Gara landed the conversion, his eighth kick out of eight, to make it 36-13.


    And replacement scrum-half Boss claimed a late interception try as the hosts surfed a wave of emotion to victory, with the Croke Park faithful loudly acclaimed a stirring display.



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    Ireland: Dempsey; Horgan, B O'Driscoll (capt), D'Arcy, Hickie; O'Gara, Stringer; Horan, R Best, Hayes, O'Callaghan, O'Connell, S Ea

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    Ireland 43 England 13


    Ireland resurrected their RBS 6 Nations title hopes with a crushing record victory over clueless England today.

    It was the first time an English team has played at Croke Park, the home of Gaelic sport, and they will not want to return in a hurry after suffering their biggest defeat to Ireland.

    Girvan Dempsey, David Wallace, Shane Horgan and Isaac Boss crossed for the home side while Ronan O'Gara did the rest, finishing with a 21-point haul in an immaculate display of kicking.

    England breached the whitewash through debutant David Strettle while Jonny Wilkinson kicked eight points but it was virtually all one-way traffic in a memorable night for Irish sport.

    The first half was tale of woe for sorry England who, save for an early penalty from Wilkinson and run by Andy Farrell, made no headway.

    They were forced to fight a desperate rearguard action and, when Danny Grewcock was sin-binned for impeding Peter Stringer in the 29th minute, Ireland pounced.

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    Dempsey was the first to cross, the grateful benefactor of instinctive work from Gordon D'Arcy and Brian O'Driscoll, and then Wallace burrowed his way over from close range.

    Apart from an early kick from O'Gara, the opening of the second half belonged to England, who were rewarded when debutant David Strettle rode tackles from Dempsey and Gordon D'Arcy to cross.

    Wilkinson's boot reduced the deficit further but O'Gara added his fifth penalty and then set up Ireland's third try for Shane Horgan, who collected a crossfield kick and touched down.

    Boss then delivered the final blow, running in an intercept try amid crowd chants of "easy, easy", and his fellow substitute Paddy Wallace converted.

    Ireland's triumph – the first at their temporary home while Lansdowne Road is redeveloped – was a welcome tonic after the heartbreaking 20-17 defeat by France.

    It also nudged their title bid back on track with matches against Scotland and Italy to come.
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      Ireland stay on course for the Triple Crown after extending their winning streak against England to four games with a crushing 43-13 victory at Croke Park.
      England came to Dublin on the back of wins over Scotland and Italy at Twickenham, but proved no match for the Irish - particularly up front - as they slumped to a record defeat.
      The Irish dominated the line-out, forced England into mistakes and took control of the game with two tries when lock Danny Grewcock was sin-binned midway through the first half for killing the ball close to his own line.
      Fly-half Ronan O'Gara was perfect with the boot - kickingnine goals fromnine - and the game was virtually over as a contest by half-time. There was little of the tension or drama of Ireland's first ever game at Croke two weeks ago when France grabbed a last-gasp winner - Ireland were on top almost from the outset and pulled away with relative ease.
      It was a sobering evening for new England coach Brian Ashton - his first defeat, but more disturbingly his side were completely outplayed - outclassed at times - by a ruthlessly efficient Ireland.

      England started brightly and went ahead through a Jonny Wilkinson penalty inside two minutes, but that was as good as it got for the visitors.
      O'Gara quickly levelled the scores after an ominous early break up the centre from Girvan Dempsey and when Andy Farrell - who endured a torrid evening against the marvellous Irish midfield - held on too long to the ball, Ireland went ahead for the first time and stayed there.
      It had been a relatively cagey opening quarter but Ireland took control when they won two England line-outs in succession. England were starting to wobble and when Martin Corry fouled Paul O'Connell at the next line-out, O'Gara stretched the lead to 9-3.
      The pivotal moment came in the 28th minute when Shane Horgan made the break and Simon Easterby raced into the corner. He was tackled but as England funnelled back desperately, Grewcock cynically intervened and was sent to the bin.
      Ireland immediately took advantage, kicking into the corner and from the line-out shipping the ball rapidly out wide - courtesy of a magical quick pass from Gordon D'Arcy - and Girvan Dempsey dived over unopposed.
      Eight minutes later Ireland were over again after disrupting an England scrum close to their own line. That earned Ireland a five-metre scrum and David Wallace burrowed over from close range, O'Gara stretching the half-time lead to 23-3.
      That was stretched by a further three points after skipper Phil Vickery was penalised at the scrum, before England briefly threatened to rally.
      England finally produced quick ball close to the Ireland line and a good pass from Farrell gave winger Dave Strettle a try on his debut, the Harlequins man finishing brilliantly in the corner.
      Wilkinson cut the deficit with another penalty , but when O'Gara steadied any flickering Irish nerves after Julian White was penalised for stamping, Ireland took control once more.
      The last 20 minutes belonged almost exclusively to the men in green and they wrapped up the victory when O'Gara slotted a pinpoint crossfield kick into the arms of the l

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        #4


        What a performance and what a day - absolutely brilliant....


        WELL DONE IRELAND

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          #5


          Easily THE worst Tan team I've seen in my life watching rigby. They were horendous. It must be tough for a player of Wilko's ability to be surrounded by that team of rubbish.


          This victory, as enjoyable as it was to have dished out sucha comprehensive thumping, is made a bit hollow after the defeat 2 weeks ago. It's pretty much certain now, if BOD and Stings had been playing in that game, we'd have won, no two ways about it.


          Stringer's pass today was critical, and gave ROG the space to kick with real impact, and get the backs moving a lot quicker than 2 weeks ago. Boss desperately needs to speed up his pass, anyone who believes oterwise is just ignoring the proof that was in front of their eyes today.

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            #6
            1 to 8 brilliant. Our pack was magnificant (best I've seen). Special
            mention to Easterby (as I criticised him after Fra game, still think N.
            Best was unlucky to be dropped) who was fantastic today. Our pack
            demolished their much vaunted tight 5. Can we consider IRL's scrum a
            weakness now?? Well done Marcus, you silenced the doubters. Hayes
            crying during the anthem - you just knew they'd perform. I thought
            Donnacha was awesome in defence - what a player. Leamy / Wallace -
            we've come to expect this from them.



            Backs - well it rained hard so I suppose can't be too harsh but how
            many overlaps were wasted? balls needlessly kicked away? penalties
            kicked that didn't make touch (O'gara sir?) Stringer - some poor
            passes. I'm being hard but we'd have easily passed the 50 mark today if
            they had been more accurate. Anyway well done all.



            But if this Irish team have ambition (&amp; I think the players have),
            they realise that they blew it in the french match &amp; whatever
            happens now, the 6N's is a dissapointement.
            Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again (like picking Gordon D'Arcy) and expecting different results.
            Albert Einstein

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              #7


              Originally posted by Hakaman

              Easily THE worst Tan team I've seen in my life watching rigby. They were horendous. It must be tough for a player of Wilko's ability to be surrounded by that team of rubbish.


              This victory, as enjoyable as it was to have dished out sucha comprehensive thumping, is made a bit hollow after the defeat 2 weeks ago. It's pretty much certain now, if BOD and Stings had been playing in that game, we'd have won, no two ways about it.


              Stringer's pass today was critical, and gave ROG the space to kick with real impact, and get the backs moving a lot quicker than 2 weeks ago. Boss desperately needs to speed up his pass, anyone who believes oterwise is just ignoring the proof that was in front of their eyes today.
              Having BOD back made all the difference. ALL of it. Stringer again threw several poor passes that went to nobody, and ROG missed touch plenty of times. Dempsey was our best kicker from hand all day. And the backline again looked better because BOD was in it, and Horgan wasn't in the centre.

              Pack was unreal. Wallace was probably my MotM.

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                #8
                FFS guys stop looking for the negatives. I've never seen a rugby team deliver the perfect ten yet so celebrate a 9 out of 10. i've seen England hockey Ireland in the past with less than perfect performances and they just take the victory as another notch. Cmon ireland.
                Anybody who sees a psychiatrist would want their head examined.*&nb sp;Henry Ford

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                  #9

                  Horgans performance today just proved what a huge mistake EOS made
                  moving him from his best position on the wing 2 weeks ago. We missed him there
                  against France almost as much as we missed O'Driscoll.

                  Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again (like picking Gordon D'Arcy) and expecting different results.
                  Albert Einstein

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                    #10
                    One of the most complete Irish performances that I have seen in a long time. Should have had 50+ and as others have said makes the capitulation against The Door's men all the more galling.

                    Recovery from injuries will be critical. D'Arcy and BOD looked to ship an injury during the game.

                    Did any one see when Best launched himself like an Exocet at one English ruck?[img]smileys/shock.gif[/img]

                    The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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                      #11

                      Originally posted by Mcork
                      Horgans performance today just proved what a huge mistake EOS made
                      moving him from his best position on the wing 2 weeks ago. We missed him there
                      against France almost as much as we missed O'Driscoll.
                      The one negative that I'd add is that he got caught badly out of position a couple of times.
                      Great catch for the try, that should keep the gaheads happy. Brian Moore didn't like his elbow to Strettle in the first half.
                      The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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                        #12



                        Did any one see when Best launched himself like an Exocet at one English ruck?[img]smileys/shock.gif[/img]
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                        Yeah copped that, his whole body was abot 9inches from the ground, brilliant. Hard to fault Easterby though I would still prefer the Ulsterman.
                        Anybody who sees a psychiatrist would want their head examined.*&nb sp;Henry Ford

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                          Proud isnt the word.


                          England arent an easy team to put 40 points on and delighted for the much maligned players who showed what they were capable of today. Dempsey, Horan, Stringer etc can take a bow.

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                            #14


                            Magnificent victory, take nothing away from the boys they dismantled a decent (on paper) english team. Moore was livid and it was a sneaky one but strettle just stood in his way so tough cack.


                            In the backs: BOD was a huge difference, he is just in a different league to any other centre in the world. He has the gas, he has the skills, the step and a tenacious defence. Strings had a decent enough day at the office, a few wayward ones but hey he is human, the wicked handoff from Tait[img]smileys/shock.gif[/img]did make me chuckle. Dempsey was phenominal, not the quickest guy but he picked decent lines and is a big guy to put down.


                            Up front: well what can you say? For all the dirge that has been written how the english will look to build on the dominance of the last round of HEC matches it didn't materialise.As has been said 1-8 were superb all 8/10 at leasts. Rorys darts were spot on and he put in some thumping hits so hopefully that might shut his doubters up for a while. Bull was immense, best match he's played for ireland. Actually to be fair i think every starting forward had their best games in a green shirt respectively.


                            Subs: Fla was lively when he came on and nothing wrong with his throwing, would give him a start versus Scotland. S.Best didn't do much either way, scrummaging sound enough i thought. MOD, not enough time. N.Best-animal, Easterby was worth his start but Besty is just a total ball of destructive force. Boss-Took his try well apart from that wasn't on long enough. PW-Unlucky Wilkinson got a hand in or he might have made a good break. Trimble-was it just me or did shaggy revert to centre when he came on?


                            As for england, christ knows where they are to go from here. They were just clueless in every facet of attack and defence. Lewsey hardly saw the ball, nor did strettle which is a bad indictment of the state of their game. Even their much vaunted "traditional" strengths capitulated to an O'Connell inspired forward effort. Lineout fell apart, mauls turd, rucking crap, scrummaging; a below-english scrum brian.[img]smileys/lol.gif[/img]


                            I think we have to try some different combinations away to scotland as they were truely awful-other than Dewey or Lamont crashing it up they look even more clueless than england.


                            1-Horan, 2-Fla, 3-Best, 4-DOC, 5-POC, 6-Best, 7-Wallace, 8-Heaslip, 9-Strings, 10-Wallace(he needs international exposure), 11-Hickie, 12-BOD, 13-Trimble, 14-Shaggy, 15-Girv.


                            Subs:R.Best, Hayes, MOD, Leamy, Boss, ROG, Shaggy

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                              #15


                              I am too tired to comment but the spot where Girve scored was the exact spot where Michael Hogan was killed.


                              Super Duper Performance, bad opposition, lets not get carried away.
                              Frank the Tank is not coming back. OK? That part of me is over, water under the bridge.

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