2018 Six Nations: Stockdale makes history as ruthless Ireland wins Grand Slam

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Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale (Getty Photographs)

Jacob Stockdale made history as rampant Ireland rubbed salt into England’s wounds with a 24-15 victory at Twickenham to seal a Six Nations Grand Slam on St Patrick’s Day. 

Eddie Jones this week apologised after a video emerged of him vowing England would avenge a last-day defeat to the “scummy Irish” that dashed their bid for again-to-again Grand Slams 12 months in the past.

Ireland let their rugby do the speaking within the London snow on Saturday to finish solely their third clear sweep, deadly wing Stockdale turning into the primary participant to attain seven tries in a single Six Nations marketing campaign.

Joe Schmidt’s males, excellent in assault and protection, confirmed the ruthlessness that enabled them to wrap up the title final weekend, with Garry Ringrose, CJ Stander and Stockdale going over within the first half.

A attempt in every half from Elliot Daly and a late Jonny Might comfort was all of the a lot-modified 2016 and 2017 champions England might muster as they suffered a primary residence loss beneath Jones and a 3rd consecutive defeat.

Ireland, then again, has now gained 12 in a row and the celebrations will proceed lengthy into the night time six weeks after Jonathan Sexton got here to the rescue with a final-gasp drop-objective towards France in Paris.

England, smarting from again-to-again defeats to Scotland and France, began with the bit between their tooth, however Ireland drew first blood when Anthony Watson spilled a towering kick from Sexton and the alert Ringrose dotted down solely 5 minutes in.

Sexton struck the publish with a penalty, however quickly added his second conversion as the newly topped champions strengthened their grip on proceedings, Bundee Aki bursting by way of a niche earlier than the supporting Stander crashed into the bottom of the publish for a 5-pointer.

Aki appeared lucky to flee and not using a yellow card for a deal with on Daly earlier than Peter O’Mahony was sin-binned for bringing down a driving maul with Ireland up towards it.

England’s persistence paid off 9 minutes earlier than the break, the pacy Daly ending after racing onto a intelligent kick from Owen Farrell, who was unable so as to add the extras as Watson was withdrawn resulting from a shoulder damage.

Ireland may need been content material to deliver the half to an finish with ball in hand and the clock pink, however they have been rewarded for his or her ambition when the speedy Stockdale chased onto his personal kick and touched down after the ball bounced off his knee, Joey Carbery changing with Sexton off for a head damage evaluation.

England knocked on the door early within the second half with out reward, a resolute Ireland protection standing agency earlier than Conor Murray stepped as much as give them a 19-level lead from the tee regardless of Sexton being cleared to return.

The holders seemed in need of concepts till Daly took an outstanding one-handed offload from Mike Brown to spherical off a properly-labored transfer quarter-hour from time, Farrell once more unable to transform.

Carbery was astray with a subsequent penalty and though Might went over within the nook proper on the finish, the sport had lengthy since been gained on a well-known day for Irish rugby.

Key Opta Stats:

– Ireland has accomplished the Grand Slam for simply the third time in its history, having beforehand carried out so in 1948 and 2009.
– Jacob Stockdale turned the primary participant to attain seven tries in a Six Nations marketing campaign; solely Cyril Lowe (eight in 1914) and Ian Smith (eight in 1925) have scored as many in championship history.
– Ireland ended England’s run of 15 consecutive house wins, whereas additionally extending its personal document-profitable run to 12 consecutive matches.