England puts down its course in the Six Nations after one of the best versions of the stage of Eddie Jones as coach, a staging worthy of a World Cup. Victory with bonus point of four trials in Dublin, the city that three months ago saw the All Blacks fall without scoring a single mark. The script demanded that the English win the aerial and terrestrial battle against the best static attack. And boy did they do it. With a star Owen Farrell and an extraordinary defense captained by the return of the indispensable Billy Vunipola.
The initial English test was not trivial, as it was the first in more than three matches in Dublin. It arrived thanks to Farrell, who opened with a kick the decisive crack in the defense so that his forward gave continuity to the play until in rehearsal of Jonny May, one of the opponents to the position of titular wing in the World-wide one. Earn points. The XV of the Clover He responded to Johnny Sexton's very long balls, with increasing determination. Cian Healy put Ireland ahead after a side kick very close to the English goal, impossible to defend for visitors. Sexton converted once again with his infallible right hand (10-7, min.26).
In the other game of the Six Nations match came the expected victory of Scotland and the eighteenth consecutive defeat of Italy in the tournament (33-20). Blair Kinghorn was the great architect of the Scottish triumph with three essays. Italy made a handicap in the final stretch that reached 30 points.
It did not change the script and England was remade after an error of Stockdale caused by the pressure of Nowell. He had already escaped the ball once to the top scorer of the past Six Nations, who again missed the interception of a kick executed and finally also captured by Elliot Dally heading to the trial. The multipurpose defender is another one that sits in front of the appointment this fall in Japan.
Ireland tried to cook the game over low heat, with a few foot beats, quite the opposite of the XV of the Rose, who won meters with very deep kicks and well thrown by Farrell, getting closer and closer to the Irish goal. A mistake by Rory Best on a side kick left a melee propitious to five meters of the test for England: a replica of the previous test of the green, which however England failed to take advantage. The VAR also exists in the rugby and it did not grant the trial by double movement, but it gave blow of punishment, that executed to perfection Farrell to increase the English advantage to the rest (10-17).
Farrell sought to threaten the position of Robbie Henshaw, an improvised Irish fullback despite being a center. Joe Schmidt amended it after the break: placed Henshaw in his position and took out a real back, Jordan Larmour, replacing Keith Earls. Sexton narrowed the gap after a high-court strike, but the visitors kept them locked in their half of the field thanks to a great forward defense.
Thus, England ended the uncertainty of a poor four-point mattress with another brilliant action. Firm opening at the hand of Farrell to the band so that May put into play a kick to follow that Henry Slade, at the limit of offside, captured at pleasure in the area of mark. There Jones beat the team, which culminated his work with the fourth trial, also signed by Slade himself, after a bad assignment of Sexton. And the, not so long ago, euphoric Irish audience had to whistle the proud English chants. Affrontion in Dublin.