Ireland ends England's Grand Slam hopes along with their record winning streak

Ireland's Johnny Sexton was key in the defeat of England at Dublin's Aviva Stadium
Ireland's Johnny Sexton was key in the defeat of England at Dublin's Aviva Stadium

Ireland 13-9 England, Aviva Stadium

Iain Henderson scored the solitary try in the game as Ireland brought an end to England's Grand Slam hopes with a 13-9 victory in their Six Nations encounter at Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

The defeat also meant England's joint record of 18-match winning streak has come to an end. Incidentally it was Ireland, who brought an end to the All Blacks' record winning streak as well during their autumn international game in Chicago last year.

The first quarter saw both Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell exchanging penalty following which lock Henderson strolled past the post following a driving maul to score the only try in the game. Sexton's conversion took Joe Schmidt's men seven points clear over England.

England have never won a Six Nations game at Aviva Stadium previously when they were behind at half-time and the record remained on Saturday as well.

Eddie Jones' men continued to remain sloppy on the field but Farrell gave them hope with a long-range penalty kick that brought down the gap to just four points but Sexton's second penalty in the 62nd minute restored back the seven point lead for the home team.

As the game was nearing the closing stages, Jones had brought Jamie George, Ben Te'o and Tom Wood and a relentless approach earned them a penalty in the 66th minute which Farrell kicked it successfully.

Ireland did manage to held their nerve and ensured there were no last minute heroics from England as witnessed during the tournament and secured a four point victory. This was also England's first defeat under their coach Jones.

Despite, the defeat England have retained the Six Nations 2017 tournament while Ireland managed to end second followed by France and Scotland.


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