Ireland hold off England to stay in Six Nations title hunt

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Ireland players celebrate after Ireland's Finlay Bealham scored his side's fourth try during the Six Nations rugby union match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, in London, Saturday, March 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Ian Walton)

Charlie Ewels suffered the Six Nations’ fastest-ever expulsion on Saturday as his headbutt on Ireland’s James Ryan saw him sent off, with the Irish going on to claim a 32-15 win at Twickenham.

The result leaves Ireland as the only alternative option to France to take the Six Nations title.

France currently have 18 points to Ireland’s 16, and the latter host Scotland in Dublin in their final game. Scotland had beaten Italy 33-22 in Rome hours before Ireland’s win in England.

England came into this year’s Six Nations with high hopes, but they were overwhelmed by their near neighbours on Saturday, with the visitors making their numerical advantage count.

Johnny Sexton gave Ireland an early lead with a penalty kick, and James Lowe scored a try to extend that just moments later.

From there, there was only like to be one winner, and Ireland were left celebrating a memorable win over the English.

“We got five points at Twickenham, if someone had told me that before the game I’d have snapped their hand off and run away with it,” Ireland skipper Sexton said.

“I don’t know the last time we scored four tries here and got five points so sometimes you have got to win ugly. I think we did that. It’s on to next week and all to play for.

“Playing England in Twickenham is probably the biggest test in world rugby. We talked all week about how tough it was going to be and it didn’t let us down.

“We played some good stuff but made a lot of unforced errors that we’ll have to have a look at, a lot of penalties that we gave away that we’ll have to have a look at.”

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