England 24-Ireland 12 – PLAYER RATINGS from the Six Nations showdown

PLAYER RATINGS: Manu Tuilagi tormented Ireland while captain Johnny Sexton summed up visitors’ struggles

  • England battled past Ireland at Twickenham to keep their Six Nations hopes alive
  • George Ford and Elliot Daly scored first-half tries before Owen Farrell’s penalty
  • Robbie Henshaw hit back for Ireland but Luke Cowan-Dickie got England’s third
  • The result ends Ireland’s Grand Slam bid and reignites England’s title ambitions 

England rediscovered the form that took them to the World Cup final and ended Ireland’s Grand Slam challenge with a 24-12 Six Nations win at Twickenham. 

The hosts capitalised on defensive errors by Ireland to establish a commanding 17-0 lead at the break through first-half tries from George Ford and Elliot Daly, embellished by two conversions and a penalty from Owen Farrell 

Sportsmail runs the rule over every player from the two sides after a brutal encounter that gives England a chance of glory.

George Ford scored the opening try as England beat Ireland 24-12 at home in the Six Nations


Elliot Daly – 7.5 Took his opportunistic try expertly and kicked well too. Far steadier than Furbank at full-back.

Jonny May – 7 Mazy running in the open spaces and was denied a try by a take-out from Henshaw.

Manu Tuilagi – 8 (Slade, 74 – 6) Ireland must be sick of the sight of him – changes everything for England. Grinned throughout too.

Manu Tuilagi was a smiling, surging presence as the centre caused Ireland plenty of problems

Owen Farrell – 6.5 Still could be calmer when talking to referees. A good win as captain – and bragging rights over his father too. 

Jonathan Joseph – 7 First start on the wing in 50th cap. Looked lively, and quick in the unnatural position.

George Ford – 8 Clever kicking in behind unlocked Ireland; Ford is England’s calm head and brain. 

Ben Youngs (right) celebrated becoming a centurion by helping England win at Twickenham

Ben Youngs – 7 (Heinz, 57 – 6) 100th international and he was far better than his last start in Paris.

Joe Marler – 7 (Genge, 57 – 7) Now shaven-headed Marler was mean in the scrum and held the Irish at bay.

Jamie George – 6.5 (Cowan-Dickie, 52 – 7.5) Missed one lineout. Less conspicuous than he used to be in the loose and replaced fairly early. 

Kyle Sinckler (centre) accepted the plaudits from boss Eddie Jones (left) after being replaced

Kyle Sinckler – 7.5 (Stuart, 70 – 7) Scrummaging super on the tight-head. Lasted 70 minutes too and could have completed the game.

Maro Itoje – 8 First-class irritant and flew into Irish in defence. A constant menace with no little skill.

George Kruis – 7 (Launchbury, 61 – 7) Lineout functioned well under his stewardship. Always a good foil for Itoje.

Northampton Saints’ Courtney Lawes helped England stay on the move and prevail at lineouts

Courtney Lawes – 7.5 (Ewels, 57 – 7) Big carries to set England on their way in the first half, and strong in the lineout.

Sam Underhill – 7 Top of the tackle-count with 21 hits in defence. Such an exocet when he lines an opponent up.

Tom Curry – 7.5 (Earl, 66 – 6) A better day at the back of the scrum. Still should be at flanker where he is best, though.

Robbie Henshaw (centre) touched down but was unable to prevent Ireland from facing defeat


Jordan Larmour – 5.5 (Earls, 64 – 6.5) Could not hot-step his way out of trouble; he was not allowed to by England.

Andrew Conway – 5 (Byrne, 65 – 5) Usually the target for Sexton’s wide kicks but was largely absent until he took a head-knock.

Robbie Henshaw – 6 Scored a try but very lucky not to be binned for cynical take-out of May in the second half.

Connacht centre Bundee Aki had little joy against England and was overshadowed by Tuilagi

Bundee Aki – 5 A few bustling runs but barely made any ground. Physically outdone by Tuilagi.

Jacob Stockdale – 5 Horrendous drop under pressure gifted Daly his try. Looked rusty throughout.

Johnny Sexton – 4 Moans at the referee, drop for the first try and shoddy kicking – even lost a boot once to sum up a bad day.

Conor Murray (right) struggled to get to grips with England and was replaced by John Cooney

Conor Murray – 5 (Cooney, 55 – 7) Earliest Cooney has replaced him and sub looked livelier. Charged down by Itoje once and service a little slow.

Cian Healy – 5 (Kilcoyne, 25 – 6) Looked to have hurt his shoulder before England’s second try and had to go off.

Rob Herring – 5.5 (Kelleher, 61 – 6) Set-piece was not Ireland’s worst problem, but two lineouts missed did not help.

On a forgettable afternoon for Ireland, Leinster lock James Ryan put in their best performance

Tadhg Furlong – 6 (Porter, 58 – 6.5) Scrum tricks highlighted by Welsh – the tight-head had a mixed afternoon in the scrum.

Devin Toner – 5 (Dillane 61) Ireland were outgunned in the physical battle, and Toner made little impact.

James Ryan – 7 Best Irishman on the field, which was not a tricky competition to win.

CJ Stander was unable to continue his promising Six Nations form as Ireland slumped to defeat

Peter O’Mahony – 6.5 One lineout steal was the best of his afternoon.

Josh van der Flier – 6 (Doris, 61 – 6) England neutered his breakdown threat well, and the openside did not get a look-in.

CJ Stander – 5 Had started the Six Nations strongly but did not win turnovers or metres over the gainline.

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