Jubilant George Ford accidentally hits a cheering fan in the face as he kicks the ball into touch to seal England’s Six Nations victory over Ireland at Twickenham… then wheels away in celebration!
- England beat Ireland 24-12 in the Six Nations on Sunday at Twickenham
- Fly-half George Ford scored England’s opening try to put them 5-0 ahead
- In his celebrations he accidentally booted a ball that hit an elderly supporter
England wore down Ireland with their physical approach on Sunday but it wasn’t just the visitors who left Twickenham with some bruises to show for it.
Eddie Jones’ side overpowered their opponents 24-12 at Twickenham in the Guinness Six Nations to keep alive their championship hopes and dent their rivals’ in the process.
Tries from George Ford, Elliot Daly and Luke Cowan-Dickie propelled England to victory in what was their first match on home soil since before last year’s Rugby World Cup.
George Ford scored England’s opening try during their 24-12 win over Ireland on Sunday
Ford booted the ball into the stands as he celebrated the first score of the Six Nations contest
The fly-half beamed with delight after putting his side 5-0 in front at Twickenham on Sunday
However, Ford’s boot into the stands accidentally flew towards the face of an elderly supporter
The fan wasn’t quick enough to get out of the way of the ball as it hit him straight in the face
The supporter took the accidental incident in his stride though, giving two thumbs up after
Ford’s try gave England a 5-0 lead in the first half and his celebrations accidentally would have left one elderly fan feeling slightly groggy.
After touching down to score, at the expense of Ireland captain Johnny Sexton’s mistake, Ford booted the ball into the stands.
However, the fly-half’s punt into touch became hit the jubilant supporter flush in the face instead.
The unfortunate and accidental incident didn’t dampen his spirits though as he continued to cheer – giving two thumbs up to the players before checking his mouth.
One fan on Twitter took to the social media platform to make light of the situation. ‘George Ford celebrating after nailing the old bloke in the red jacket #rugbyenergy,’ wrote @tgjackson93.
One fan took to Twitter to make light of the accidental situation that unfolded after Ford’s try
England surged up to second in the Guinness Six Nations table after Sunday’s result. Speaking post-match Jones claimed his side were so dominant in their victory that they could have declared at half-time.
It was a display that had shades of the Rugby World Cup knockout wins against Australia and New Zealand last autumn and Jones warned Wales and Italy that his team have additional gears for the final two rounds.
‘We played with a lot of control. We read the conditions well, read the referee well and at half-time, if it was a cricket game, we could have declared,’ Jones said.
‘We’ve been building up. I got the preparation wrong for the France game and apologised for that.
‘There’s a lot more to come. We played tough in the first 40 minutes, probably took our foot off a little bit in the second half, but Ireland were always going to get some ball.’
England head coach was pleased with their display to keep alive their Six Nations title hopes
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