Sensational England humble Ireland in Six Nations clash

Sensational England humble Ireland in Six Nations clash

"We're a team that's still growing, we're nowhere near our best", Jones said. "And they kicked really well too", said the man considered by many the world's best No. 9. "When you play Ireland at home you know it's going to be a physical game and we prepared for that".

Ireland won the Six Nations Grand Slam past year, but they began the new campaign in disappointing fashion as Jonny May and Elliot Daly scored early for Eddie Jones' visitors in Dublin.

It was serious enough for referee Jerome Garces to state "I think he's broken his leg", but Jones revealed the extent of the injury will only be indicated by a scan.

Ireland started the defense of their Six Nations title at Dublin's Aviva Stadium as the world's form team, but were brought down to earth with a startling bump.

"But I think that when you get to 30 or beyond every year is a bonus and every year you get to sit here as captain of this squad is a year when you can thank your lucky stars, because it is a really privileged position to be in with this great group of players".

"And while you have that with the players, this Ireland team will keep getting better and that's where we want to be but at the minute, this is the best Ireland team I've played in. that's why we are where we are, because Joe (Schmidt) has made us into a team that can produce big performances time after time".

"That is a reality check about the physicality that will be required to be successful in this World Cup year", said Schmidt.

Farrell was unable to respond after Sexton conceded a penalty for hands in the ruck, but he played a role in the first of Slade's to tries.

"The only thing I know is that the next game will be better".

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"We'll start worrying about where we are standing in the World Cup when we're 10 days out from the first game".

It wasn't all easy-going for the Red Rose side at times, with Cian Healy and Sean Cronin touching down for the hosts while some solid kicking from Johnny Sexton put Jones' side under pressure.

"We got bullied here two years ago, and it happened again".

"From our point of view, we don't focus on any of that".

"So, that has created a massive rivalry".

Slade intercepted a Sexton pass for his second try to end Irish dreams of back-to-back grand slams at the first hurdle with a thud that a John Cooney consolation try at the death did little to dampen.

While Japan may not quite have the brute physical presence to bully Ireland the way England did, this match showed that if they get in the faces of their more illustrious opponents, they may reap dividends.



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