England 57-15 Ireland: England ramp up World Cup preparations with huge win

Manu Tuilagi celebrates his try in the first half against Ireland
Manu Tuilagi celebrates his try in the first half against Ireland

England sent a message to their Rugby World Cup rivals, with a 57-15 hammering of Ireland at Twickenham in their latest warmup match.

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England responded to their 13-6 loss to Wales in Cardiff seven days ago by running in eight tries, as they came back from an early deficit to record a surprisingly comfortable victory.

In the process the Red Rose prevented Ireland from moving above Wales to the top of the world rankings.

Jordan Lamour's try put Ireland 7-3 up early in the contest, before a quick response from England winger Joe Cokanasiga, which was followed up by first-half tries from Elliot Daly and Manu Tuilagi to give the hosts a 22-10 half-time lead.

In the second period England were fully dominant, adding another five tries, while restricting their visitors to one late score to set records for highest score and greatest winning margin against their Six Nations rivals.

Tries in each half by Cokanasiga and additional touch downs from Daly, Tuilagi, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Tom Curry and Luke Cowan-Dickie indicated Eddie Jones' men will be genuine contenders in Japan this autumn.

At the heart of a second triumph of the summer's four warm-up Tests was man of the match Tuilagi, who bristled with power and intent that tormented a vulnerable Irish defence which fell to pieces in the second-half.

It was Joe Schmidt's team who drew first blood through an early Jordan Larmour try, but their hopes of clinching the win that would lift them to the summit of the global rankings at the expense of Wales quickly disintegrated.

Maro Itoje races in to score for England at Twickenham
Maro Itoje races in to score for England at Twickenham

The greatest danger England faced was not from impotent Ireland but sunburn as Twickenham roasted in temperatures that peaked at 30 degrees, yet they were well equipped for the conditions having spent 10 days in a heat camp in Treviso.

Itoje and Billy Vunipola were magnificent up-front, while George Ford is making a strong case to reclaim fly-half duties for the World Cup, but in truth England excelled across the starting XV.

While England fans will be daring to dream of what could unfold in Japan this autumn, their Irish counterparts must be questioning whether a team that laboured to third place in the Six Nations are now in full reverse.

And to add misfortune to misery, they also came off worst on the injury count as Cian Healy suffered an ankle injury before Conor Murray was withdrawn at half-time having earlier passed a Head Injury Assessment.


Try Highlights

England 3-7 Ireland

England 8-7 Ireland

England 15-10

England 22-10 Ireland

England 29-10 Ireland

England 43-10 Ireland

England 50-10 Ireland

England 57-15 Ireland

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