Jonny May runs in rapid double as England see off Ireland


  • England 18-7 Ireland
  • Wing scores two first-half tries in Autumn Nations Cup victory

Still no thunderous noise from the empty stands, nor a huge amount to lift their television audience from their armchairs, but England quietly continue to prove seriously hard to beat. At no stage did they look in danger of losing to a largely pedestrian Irish side and two first-half tries inside five minutes from Jonny May have all but guaranteed they will be involved the final of the Autumn Nations Cup in a fortnight’s time.

For the second Saturday in a row their opponents were confounded by a bristling white defensive wall, with the match stats neatly summarising the contest. England made 246 tackles – missing nine – compared with their opponents’ tally of 73, making Ireland’s superior territory and possession percentages largely redundant. Never mind the latest government directives, this was up there with the tightest lockdowns yet seen in south-west London.

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Written by Robert Kitson at Twickenham
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