England thrashed Scotland 61-21 at Twickenham on Saturday to win the Six Nations title and equal New Zealand’s record of 18 successive Test wins by a ‘tier one’ nation.
Jonathan Joseph scored three of England’s seven tries, in a match that saw England post their record score and equal-highest margin of victory over Scotland.
England can break world champions New Zealand’s mark of 18 wins in a row by beating Ireland in Dublin next weekend, a match where a win would also see them complete back-to-back Grand Slams.
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England avoided the biggest upset in RBS 6 Nations history by beating Italy 36-15 at Twickenham for a 17th successive Test win.
Italy led 10-5 at half-time – for only the second time against England – but tries from Danny Care and Elliot Daly turned the momentum in the hosts’ favour.
Michele Campagnaro scored to make it 17-15 with 19 minutes to go, but two Jack Nowell scores and one from Ben Te’o saw England finish with six tries in a scarcely-deserved bonus-point victory.
TWEET OF THE MATCH
Former Australia back Matt Giteau (@giteau_rugby) was intrigued by head coach Eddie Jones’ reaction to England’s first-half display.
Joe Launchbury. Amid the mediocrity, another bulldozing display from the Wasps lock further boosted his Lions hopes.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Italy’s scrum crumpled under England pressure and Care took a quick tap-penalty before scampering into the corner, turning the momentum in England’s favour four minutes into the second half. Moments later Daly went over for England’s third of six tries.
The 31-year-old fly-half, who had not played for five weeks because of a calf injury suffered on club duty, kicked 11 points in what was his first Test appearance since he faced the All Blacks in Dublin in November.
Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray scored the only try of the match, with Sexton converting that 30th minute effort in a tally that also included two penalties and a drop-goal.
The sight of Sexton back in command, a big boost too for the British and Irish Lions ahead of this year’s tour of New Zealand, was welcomed by Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.
“Johnny really controlled the game well and he didn’t shirk the physical stuff either,” Schmidt told RTE.
“It was good to see Conor Murray on song as well,” the New Zealander added.
Victory made it two wins from three for Ireland this tournament but for France it was yet another setback on foreign soil, with their woeful Six Nations away record now standing at just three wins — two against Italy and one over Scotland — in 15 games.