Matt Dawson: England deserved to beat Ireland by 25-30 points
In the end, a 12-point winning earners defeated Ireland rather than the victors England.
It felt like England were 25-30 points better than Ireland.
Which that you might have anticipated three months 35, because hitting the Rugby World Cup the day began with a different energetic, and not the one considering it was their first match back at Twickenham.
Instead of a homecoming, England seemed fuelled to reveal their critics how passionate they are to represent England after defeats France and South Africa along with a success against Scotland and just how good they are as a group.
Tactically they were very astute although they had the physicality and they had the anger.
Ireland shield with 13 men up in just a couple and the line covering backfield. That means there are going to be opportunities to kick to exploit area.
France ragged with tactics that were similar 12 months ago in Twickenham was run by england and also the training staff of England picked up on a similar vulnerability in the match of Ireland.
Even second row George Kruis attempted a grubber kick at one stage from the first half.
Since the phase started for the first try of England, Ireland had 14 guys in their feet using CJ Stander on the ground having left a handle.
Those standing, except Jordan Larmour that is full-back, were flat up.
Ben Youngs masked his kick but it was clearly pre-planned with George Ford, Owen Farrell and Kyle Sinckler sprinting to a lively chase.
From now Sexton and Larmour fielded the bouncing ball in their line, they were under significant stress from an arrowhead of England players.
Had Sexton gathered it safely, run from defence or he’d have fought to get a clearing kick .
Dropped as it had been he juggled and George Ford pounced.
England was able to execute their gameplan brilliantly. It was a tactic they moved to again, albeit with a punishment edge in their pocket, for the next try when Elliot Daly attained Ford’s processor ahead of Jacob Stockdale.
In past meetings, Ireland’s mastery of the aerial game has been crucial. Back in 2015, Robbie Henshaw soared over Alex Goode to assert a Conor Murray box twist and then score the only try at a 19-9 victory.
However, the forward of Ireland never gave them a stage to really test an England back three that comprised centre Jonathan Joseph about the wing.
England’s ball carriers – that the likes of Jamie George, Tom Curry and Courtney Lawes – won the struggle of the profit line, making metres on every carry.
Ireland offered very little, relying upon runners plus it’s extremely difficult to kick behind a pack which are currently going nowhere and a scrum-half who appears to have lost the confidence to snipe around the fringes.
Insert at the breakdown in the dominance of England and Ireland have been a mile away from competing for the victory.
A large cheer was brought by the straight-talking Ellis Genge from the bench’s coming in the aftermath of his try against Scotland at the previous round from the Twickenham audience.
He, together with fellow prop Will Stuart and hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie, attracted an injection of energy and intensity .
In the scrum, where there was parity, England began to get the upper hand.
But I believe there is still work to be performed to make sure Genge in particularly has the trendy head needed for life in an worldwide front row.
There was a lot of hollering whooping and crap talk round the fringes of this match. Kyle Sinckler gave it a lot since the half-time whistle blew.
Maro Itoje would formerly have been in the midst of all of that, but he’s matured to the man who is putting his arm across players leading them away from confrontation and also having them to concentrate on making another massive impact, rather than screaming and shouting about the previous one.
Neither of the half-backs of Ireland had a good day.
Johnny Sexton appeared dismissive in the off. He was woeful and chose to let England to score their first try.
He spoke afterwards about the rate of England’s defensive line away line-outs and at one point summed up his day and dropped his right boot for a passage of drama.
His leg was strapped up if he carried an injury, so that I don’t know, but he will bounce back.
At I think John Cooney is currently getting close to supplanting Conor Murray since the starter.
It is, merited by his performances off the bench and for Ulster. He is game-changing rugby.
Murray is a lynchpin of all the recent victory of Ireland so they have the ideal opportunity to win, but players need the best team out there.
Matt Dawson spoke to the Mike Henson of Sport