England crush Ireland’s Grand Slam dreams at the death

Last Updated: 09/03/24 6:43pm

Ireland’s hopes of a historic back-to-back Six Nations Grand Slams were ended by England with the final kick at Twickenham, as Marcus Smith struck a last-gasp drop goal to seal a 23-22 win.

England, who produced their best performance of the championship by a considerable distance, scored tries through Ollie Lawrence, George Furbank and Ben Earl.

Ireland scored their points through four Jack Crowley penalties and two James Lowe tries, but fell behind from a position of nine points ahead as England got the better of their lineout, two injuries to backs forced scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park to the wing and skipper Peter O’Mahony was shown a costly yellow card.

What’s next?

Ireland face Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in the final round of the championship on Saturday March 16 (4.45pm kick-off GMT).

England travel to play France in Lyon on Saturday March 16 (8pm kick-off GMT) for their final Test of the 2024 championship.

More to follow…

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