England muscled their way back into the Six Nations title picture by ripping Ireland apart with a fast and FURY-ous display.
Hours after Tyson Fury showed them the way by jumping off his stool at the first bell in Vegas and taking the fight to Deontay Wilder, Owen Farrell’s team sprung the same ambush on his dad’s unbeaten side.
England pinned Ireland to the ropes and inflicted so many early body blows that by half time the contest was over, the visitors’ Grand Slam and Triple Crown dreams down and out for the count.
“We really wanted to get out early and make a statement,” said man of the match Courtney Lawes, whose bruised and stitched face would have looked right at home in Vegas.
“Fair play to Tyson, he’s very good. We also wanted to get out of the blocks fast and take it to them. The goal is to be the best team in the world, the best team the world has ever seen.”
Motivated by playing at home for the first time since reaching the World Cup final, England got the crowd on their side from the opening kick-off.
Within eight minutes Ben Youngs had crafted the opening try for George Ford before the fly-half turned provider to put in Elliot Daly.
Both tries were brilliantly thought out, but each owed much to dreadful play from the visitors.
Johnny Sexton, having the sort of day that will haunt him for some time, juggled then fumbled the ball onto Ford for the opener.
Jacob Stockdale was equally culpable for the second, caught ball watching by Daly when any sort of hustle would have alleviated the danger.
So much had been made of Ireland’s kicking game and how England, with two back-three players out of position, were ripe for the exploiting.
Yet it was the men in green who were left red-faced as England’s white-hot half-backs picked them off with slide rule accuracy and clinical execution.
Andy Farrell might not be unduly bothered that son Owen took the family bragging family rights, but he will be furious it was made so easy for his old team.
Yes, England were terrific, birthday boy Lawes and Maro Itoje forces of nature up front, Manu Tuilagi back to his wrecking ball best carrying up on first phase. But this was a gain line no-show to keep Ireland awake at night.
“Maybe Ireland got a little bit ahead of themselves,” ventured former star Jamie Heaslip. “This is a different level. You're up against a side who were in the World Cup final.
“There were a lot of things in England's favour. Ireland needed to show up, and some players didn’t."
When Farrell Jnr ended the half by kicking a penalty England led 17-0 – exactly the margin they trailed France midway through their tournament opener in Paris.
It showed how far Jones’ team have come since then, even if they did let Ireland escape with their self-respect courtesy of a second half try double.
That, though, did not remotely fool Farrell snr.
“The scoreline flattered us," he said. "We didn't start to play how we wanted until the game was over.”
England – Tries: Ford, Daly, Cowan-Dickie. Cons: Farrell 3. Pen: Farrell.
Ireland – Tries: Henshaw, Porter. Con: Cooney.
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