Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

Super Jonny puts the boot in

Dear oh dear. On Tuesday Ireland head for the World Cup having lost all four of their warm-up games.

They had beaten England in seven of their past eight meetings, but yesterday the visitors won in Dublin for the first time in eight years.

Six months ago Ireland beat them 24-8 to ruin their Grand Slam hopes.

Going into yesterday’s game, Ireland had lost to Scotland and France (twice).

And their misery was compounded by a right knee injury to David Wallace which has ruled him out of the World Cup.

England called the early shots and, having dominated from the off, deservedly went ahead in the fifth minute when Manu Tuilagi cut through midfield leaving Keith Earls for dead to score the opening try which Jonny Wilkinson converted.

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