20 March, 2011

Six Nations: Ireland rescue miserable campaign with a magical win over oldest of Old Enemies:

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Irish players celebrate magical win over oldest enemy
What an apt setting for Brian O'Driscoll to become the leading Six/Five Nations try as IRELAND record a magical win over the oldest of old enemies and ressurect themselves from the ashes of a tepid campaign. Ireland's display on Satruday illustrated what have been for an Irish side that has stuttered rather than stunned through their 2011 Six Nations campaign.
Ireland finally put a performance together in this season'sSix Nations when they deprived England of a Grand Slam at the Aviva Stadium yesterday evening.
A powerful first half display laid the foundation for the 24-8 win for Declan Kidney's men, who now have plenty of time to reflect on the highs and many lows of a disappointing Championship between now and the World Cup in September.
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Having been off colour for most of the Champion - ship, Ireland came flying out of the blocks and rocked the pre - match favourites back on their heels.With man of the match Jonny Sexton pulling the string, Ireland established an early lead with three penalties. After a try from Irish legend Brian O'Driscoll try was controversially ruled out, winger Tommy Bowe danced through to get Ireland's first try and leave England clearly shell-shocked at the break.
O' Driscoll's predatory instincts were at their sharpest seven minutes into the second half when he collected a loose ball to become the top try scorer in the Championship's history with 25.
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"The plan was to start fast and continue for the 80 minutes," said Sexton after - wards. "The rain came in and spoiled it a little but we'll take the win and hopefully we'll build a little momentum going into the World Cup."
There was some consolation for England, however, as France's convincing victory over Wales in Paris last night confirmed Martin Johnson's men as 2011 RBS Six Nations Champions.
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