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England defeated by Ireland in Six Nations finale

England defeated by Ireland in Six Nations finale

But Joe Schmidt's men were chasing a historic Grand Slam, something Ireland had only managed once since 1948, and produced a performance to match the intensity of the occasion.

"We're in a really good place right now, we've gelled really well but we still have a lot to work on, we're looking forward to next year's Six Nations and the World Cup". They were a distinct second in every aspect of the game.

Carbery missed a 40-metre penalty to extend the lead beyond two scores into the final 10 minutes but England couldn't score again until the very final minute through May as Ireland were left to taste the sweetest of St Patrick's Days. Twice Ireland stopped England's lineout driving maul illegally and on the second occasion, Peter O'Mahony was yellow-carded. Only France, in 1981, had won the grand slam at the home of English rugby but the champions played as if they were the home side, on the front foot from the off.

Jones' side trailed 21-5 at half-time with Ireland scoring three converted tries through Garry Ringrose, CJ Stander and Jacob Stockdale all crossing, while Elliot Daly scored England's only points with a 31-minute try. England had the benefit of reviews in their victories over Australia and Wales this season and the tries were a reflection of the superiority of Ireland, who were clinically accurate.

So much so that the Ireland No 8 CJ Stander carried the ball for the same distance as England's eight forwards combined in the first half: 32m.

Under the snowy skies of London on Saturday, the dethroned Six Nations champions were soundly beaten 24-15 by successors Ireland, who completed only their third Grand Slam triumph in the process.

By contrast, this result meant England had lost three Six Nations matches in a row for the first time since 2006.

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Ireland's first try summed them up.

England's hot run of form has gone decidedly cold. He could only watch as it bobbled over the line and Ringrose reacted quicker than anyone else.

Things were already going against England, Maro Itoje gave away a silly penalty, their lineout wouldn't step off the mark and referee Angus Gardner gave Ireland a free-kick and when Farrell tried to clear his lines the ball came back off James Haskell's head.

Ireland scored a crucial try in first half added time, Jacob Stockdale grounding his own kick through and Joey Carbery's conversion gave Ireland a 16-point lead at the break.

"You look for wise words, but you look more for actions".

After being put in space down the Ireland left, the wing chipped over Mike Brown and touched down at the second attempt, trapping the ball centimetres before it went dead.

Brown was on the field for Watson, who rolled his left ankle in the opening half, and Danny Care provided a brief uplift from the bench, but the more England attacked, the more they highlighted how they lacked the accuracy of their opponents and the collective understanding.