England opened a royal road to the Grand Slam by beating Ireland (12-6), after a bitter battle fought in the pouring rain on Sunday in Dublin, where no tests have been marked. English flyhalf Owen Farrell spent four penalties against both the Irish Ronan O’Gara.
Winners of Scotland (38-18) last weekend at Twickenham, the English are still far from the goal with two games remaining at home against France and Italy and outside Wales, but the Best Meat Grinder trip to Dublin was supposed to be the highest obstacle on the road to their first faultless since 2003. It is also in this year that the last successful dated XV of the Rose in Ireland in the tournament at the end of a game without one (42-6) and an offensive demonstration ( 5 trials) or the opposite of the clash on Sunday, physically intense but unspectacular.
A BLOW OF CANDLES
The ball rolling made vain attempts offensive one side or the other. There has been only one real opportunity to test the whole game, Manu Tuilagi could not achieve by failing to control a pass up in the in-goal second period. The two teams are tied to play in the opposing camp to blow candles. In that game, the English were superior and their forwards are better organized, have dominated the debate by pushing their opponents at fault.
Owen Farrell is responsible for advancing the score scoring four penalties, two before the break reached a score of 6-0, and two after only two against Ronan O’Gara. In difficult conditions, the young English opener also missed two attempts in a good position against the Irish veteran. The XV Clover had the misfortune of losing two players to injury in the first period, the young winger Simon Zebo, one of the heroes of the victory in Wales last weekend (30-22), and flyhalf Jonathan Sexton.
The Irish have committed numerous handling errors and failed to take the yellow card inflicted on the third row James Haskell little early game This is contrary to the time that England was the difference from 6-6 to 12-6. Ireland was lucky not play itself outnumbered in the first half, when the pillar Cian Healy intentionally walked an English peg into a grouping.
Applied combative and more rigorous than his opponent, because it was not exciting in a climate that does not lend itself to sparks, England will receive the overwhelming favorite in France in two weeks at Twickenham….