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Ireland beat England at the Aviva

RugbyBy John Brennan
Robbie Henshaw's second-half try was the key score of the match
Robbie Henshaw's second-half try was the key score of the match

IRELAND 19 ENGLAND 9

Three down, two to go after Ireland's tremendous victory over England at the Aviva Stadium.

Yes, that's the happy position for Joe Schmidt's Ireland side after a thrilling Irish win over the Red Rose on a 19-9 scoreline.

Robbie Henshaw's second-half try was the key score, as he chased onto Conor Murray's kick and athletically touched down in the corner.

It was the only try of yet another attritional, kick-fest of an International rugby Test, albeit a bit more entertaining than the French game a fortnight ago.

There must be little enough leather left on the matchball afterJohnny Sexton, Murray and English out-half George Ford belted the oval ball up and down the Aviva pitch.

Ireland's plan was sImple enough: use our good kickers, our fielding advantage, keep the pressure on with our defensive tackles and wait for England to foul.

Even Ireland's try came from that route as South African referee Craig Joubert had his arms extended for yet another penalty when Murray kicked through for Henshaw's score.

Had that ball gone to an English hand, Sexton would have had the chance to add to his four successful penalties.

Sexton did convert the try to make the score 19-3.

Ford kicked two penalties for England but they never looked like getting the try they needed to get right back into the match as Ireland's defence was solid and committed in the finish.

England have a long way to go if they are going to win the World Cup they host later this year, but for Ireland this was a 10th Test win on the bounce and there's no arguing with that.

Ireland now go to Wales on Saturday week and Scotland the week after that with dreams of a Triple Crown, a Championship and a Grand Slam very much alive.