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Six Nations: England ruin Ireland’s Grand Slam chance

England secured a much needed victory to end Ireland’s opportunity of a Grand Slam with a 24-12 win at Twickenham.

Tries from George Ford and Elliot Daly and a penalty from Owen Farrell gave England a commanding 17-0 lead at the break.

The visitors secured their first try through Robbie Henshaw after the interval but never threatened to comeback into the clash.

Eddie Jones’ side dominance continued shortly after as Luke Cowan-Dickie ran over for the third try, before Irish sub Andrew Porter ran through to reduce the score between the two.

Gloucester’s Willi Heinz came on for the final 22 minutes, replacing Ben Youngs to help England get over the line and in the process moved up to 2nd in the Six Nations table, four points behind unbeaten France.

England return to Twickenham in two weeks time when they host Wales, who were beaten 23-27 by France on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Scotland secured their first win of the Championship, a 17-0 away victory at bottom of the table Italy.

“We are building up, I got the preparation wrong for the France game and I apologize for that but we were very good against Scotland and we took another step up today, and we’ll take another step up again for Wales and we’ll need to be better for Wales,” Jones said after the game.

“[The Wales game] is going to be fantastic. Wales have got a new coach, they’re playing a little different as we’ve seen and we’re looking forward to hosting them here. There will be 81,000 waiting for them. We’ll welcome them coming down the M4.”

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