Ireland wins in pain against the English and wins the trophy
10:15 p.m., March 18, 2023
Ireland won with this Saturday against the English reduced to 14 for the entire second period. A 29-16 success which allows them to win this 2023 VI Nations Tournament. The Blues, winners of Wales earlier in the day (41-28), must therefore give up their trophy.
The title for Ireland. The XV of Clover won the Six Nations Tournament this Saturday after its painful victory against England (29-16). In the event of the defeat of Jonathan Sexton’s teammates, the trophy would have returned to the XV of France, winner of Wales earlier in the day (41-28). Thanks to this ultimate success, Ireland achieved the fourth Grand Slam in its history with five victories in as many matches in this 2023 Tournament.
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This Saturday, the task proved more difficult than expected for Andy Farrell’s men. The English, however heavily defeated at home last weekend against the Blues (10-53) put up a good resistance to the XV of Clover. At the break, the score of 10 to 6 reflected the Irish difficulties in shaking the British defensive block.
Sexton makes history
It was therefore on returning from the locker room that the difference took place. Led by Jonathan Sexton, who on this occasion became the best scorer in the history of the Six Nations Tournament, the Irish made the break thanks to two tries by Robbie Henshaw and Dan Sheehan a few minutes apart. But Steve Borthwick’s men, penalized by the exclusion of full-back Freddie Steward just before half-time, did not let go and benefited from the gap through hooker Jamie George.
But it is the locals who will have the last word. In the 76th minute, Rob Herring put an end to the suspense and definitively validated the Irish success, synonymous with the Grand Slam, the first since 2018. First nation in the world ranking, Ireland confirms its status as favorites for the next World Cup which will take place in France next September.