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Ireland - England: Sheehan titanic, Arundell in difficulty


TOPS / FLOPS – The new Grand Slam of the XV of Clover, the last of Sexton in the Tournament, Arundell not invited … Find out what caught the attention of the editorial staff after the meeting.


Ireland wins the Grand Slam!

75 years that the Irish people have been waiting for it: a Grand Slam won at home on the last day.

Against England, the XV of Clover probably delivered its least successful performance of the Tournament but made the difference at the end of the match to make the Saint Patrick's Day weekend festivities even more successful.

29-16 victory at the finish.

First world nation, it will advance to the 2023 World Cup in France in September crowned with an unprecedented status of favorite.

Sexton, record and last

For his last in the Six Nations Tournament, Jonathan Sexton (37, 112 caps.) gave himself a standing ovation when he left (76th), slightly injured in the ankle.

For his 61st in the Tournament, and therefore the last, the Leinster opener even became the best scorer in the history of the Tournament, surpassing his predecessor, Ronan O'Gara, with 566 points.

A record that will be difficult to achieve as the former Racingman occupied the number 1 spot for more than a decade.

Sheehan man of the match

His name begins to come out more and more regularly when the question around the identity of the best hooker in the world is put on the table.

Dan Sheehan made a new high-flying performance this Saturday afternoon in Dublin.

Precise in his throws, powerful and fast with the ball in hand, the Leinster No. 2 was rewarded with a double.

The first try came from an interior discount from Josh Van Der Flier (33rd), the second on a collective sequence which he was at the end of the line (68th) to knock out the XV of the Rose.


Insufficient England

Far from the beating promised by European observers, England made a good figure on Saturday and even made the locals tremble for more than an hour.

Dominators in closed scrum, competing in conquest with the Celtic pack, Steve Borthwick's men relied on the good game at the foot of Farrell and a game reminiscent of the dispossession of the XV of France.

but the lack of talent in the back lines, and the physical limitations of the team made any successes illusory.

Note the full match of Jack Willis, author of 22 tackles in the 45th minute of play, just tarnished by a yellow card (75th).

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An English red card against Ireland, a habit

The years follow one another and look alike for the English.

Already defeated last year at Twickenham (15-32) by the XV of Clubs, Eddie Jones' men had received a red card in the 2nd minute.

This time, they will have had “only” the second act to play in numerical inferiority, with the red card inflicted on Freddie Steward (40th) for a shoulder in the head of Hugo Keenan.

A fact of the game which was important, since the vice-world champions decreased in intensity at the hour of play.

Arundell, a lost soul on the pitch

Announced as a symbol of English youth, Henry Arundell (20) is unable to transpose his performances with the London Irish in selection.

The young winger had few situations to negotiate but made the wrong choices as soon as he was in possession of the ball.

A game to forget.

Source: lefigaro

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