The Phuket News Premier League predictions The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News
The Phuket News World Sport
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World  | Surf Report  | Predictions XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

‘Special’ Ireland down England to seal St Patrick’s Day Grand Slam

RUGBY: Six Nations kings Ireland made it a St Patrick’s Day to remember by beating England 24-15 at Twickenham on Saturday (Mar 16) to seal just their third Grand Slam.

Rugby,


AFP

Sunday 18 March 2018, 10:22AM


Rory Best holds aloft the Six Nations trophy after Ireland completed just a third Grand Slam in the country's history. Photo: AFP
Rory Best holds aloft the Six Nations trophy after Ireland completed just a third Grand Slam in the country's history. Photo: AFP

Some 70 years since they completed their first clean sweep in the old Five Nations, Ireland matched their 1948 and 2009 predecessors with another Championship clean sweep.

At a bitterly cold Twickenham – lines on the pitch had been painted blue so they would stand out against the unseasonal snow – converted tries from Garry Ringrose, CJ Stander and Jacob Stockdale gave Ireland a commanding 21-5 half-time lead in front of a capacity crowd of more than 82,000, with Conor Murray adding a penalty on the hour.

England’s Elliot Daly scored a try in each half and fellow wing Jonny May went over with the last play of the game but by then Ireland fans everywhere were already celebrating.

‘Stuff of dreams’

Ireland’s first win at Twickenham since 2010 left captain Rory Best as one of only two double Irish Grand Slam winners alongside fullback Rob Kearney.

“This feels more special, not only because I have started every game but also because of captaining the side,” said Best.

“Every kid grows up dreaming of playing for Ireland, but to win something while captaining in that special green jersey is the stuff that dreams are made of,” the hooker added. “It’s the biggest highlight of my career.”

Ireland kicked off having already secured their third Six Nations title in five years under coach Joe Schmidt.

The New Zealander was especially pleased Saturday by a defensive effort masterminded by defence coach Andy Farrell – the father of England fly-half Owen.

“That eight minutes after half-time today totally summed up this team,” Schmidt said. “We’ve scored a lot of tries this year, but that pure resilience, the ability to get back up in the defensive line, that was exceptional.”

Yet but for Jonathan Sexton’s stoppage-time drop-goal on the back of a 41-phase drive in a tournament-opening 15-13 win over France, there never would have been an Irish Grand Slam in 2018.

“To show the steel that they did, the commitment and just plain, ordinary rugby ability to keep the ball,” recalled Schmidt. “And then the exceptional ability Johnny has to put the ball between the uprights.”

Stockdale's try saw him set a new record in the Six Nations era of seven in a Championship season and meant the 21-year-old Ulster wing now had 11 in just nine career Tests.

‘Remake a team’

This was England’s third straight defeat after away losses to Scotland and France and a first at Twickenham since Australian coach Eddie Jones took over following their 2015 World Cup debacle.

With Wales edging France 14-13 in Saturday’s final game of the tournament, it meant England, champions in each of the past two seasons, ended up in fifth place -- their worst finish since they came bottom of the old Five Nations in 1983.

The trio of defeats have cast doubt on England’s chances of dethroning New Zealand at next year’s World Cup in Japan but a defiant Jones said: “Every team I have had that has been a champion team has had these runs and they are instrumental in how you remake a team.”

In Cardiff, a try from Liam Williams and a Leigh Halfpenny hat-trick of penalties saw Wales finish second as they just beat France in a dour struggle.

“Runners-up isn’t something we want,” said Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones. “But this last game we’ve displayed the character we need going forward.”

Gael Fickou scored a try for France, with Maxime Machenaud kicking a conversion and penalty and Francois Trinh-Duc adding a drop-goal.

“We weren’t the most efficient, but came up against a very strong Welsh defence,” said France coach Jacques Brunel after a defeat that left Les Bleus in fourth place.

‘Destroyed’

Saturday’s action started with Scotland’s last-gasp 29-27 win over Italy in Rome that condemned the hosts to a 17th straight defeat and saw Azzurri captain Sergio Parisse suffer his 100th Test loss.

Italy had led 17-12 at half-time but a 79th minute penalty by Greig Laidlaw handed Scotland a victory that secured third place.

“I’m destroyed for the lads and the fans but we’ve seen our future,” said Italy coach Conor O\Shea. “I’m really, really proud of our players they put in a great performance.”

Scotland counterpart Gregor Townsend added: “It’s good for us to get three wins. It’s not often that happens in the Six Nations.”

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:

Comments Left: Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail: (No Hotmail, Live, MSN and Outlook accepted at this time)
Security:
   => Forget password?

Be the first to comment.

The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Phuket Governor opens fire over pollution

A few years behind the times, but do not exspect anything to be done...(Read More)


Phuket fishing operators protest EU regulations

MARLINK INMARSAT C1-4 MIGRATION-IMPORTANT ACTION REQUIRED FOR INMARSAT C USERS the Inmarsat-3 (I-3) constellation of satellites are reaching the end...(Read More)


Phuket Marine chief blasts Paradise Beach ‘black water’ claim as fake, other beaches still suffer

So the black water in your pictures is Freedom Beach? It's not at all clear, but IS ugly as hell. Also how did they get to the beach to inspec...(Read More)


Phuket fishing operators protest EU regulations

".....restricting fishing of each vessel to 255 days per year". I doubt very much if this is an EU Requirement. For restrictions on net dra...(Read More)


Phuket Governor orders ‘autopsy’ on Songkran Seven Days road-safety campaign

Thai are fascinated by producing paper lists, time after time. For what? They themselves not analyse the by themselves produced facts during many year...(Read More)


Female drug dealer arrested in Phuket with over 4,000 ya bah pills, 100g of ya ice

Good work from Thalang Police, take this [xxxxxx] away from the road and young people....(Read More)


Phuket fishing operators protest EU regulations

There is no slavery in the Thai Fishing Industry & never was. Fake News. Yes, the VMS & filling out a Daily Fishing Log Book is necessary. Bee...(Read More)


6.7% of those reporting for draft are drug users

Wow, that is something. Would it be reasonably to expect that the thai army has drugs addicts among their ranks? Many could get the habit after joi...(Read More)


Alibaba B11bn investment promises quick results, says Prayut

Promise results by end of 2019? Who believes that promise? Why any result showing will take 20 months? By than you not hear anymore of this. Who th...(Read More)


Phuket Airport to close runway, taxiway for maintenance

Riding often in aircrafts on Phuket airport run- and taxiways, feel and see their 'status', I like to ask who is responsible for the bad quali...(Read More)

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
World Entertainment
Photo Galleries
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2018 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.