England made a great start to their 2019 Six Nations campaign with a bonus point win over the reigning champions Ireland.
England made a fast start as Johnny May slide in to score in the corner after a fantastic flat pass from Farrell.
Johnny Sexton pulled three points back after 10 minutes and Tom Curry was controversially yellow carded on 12 minutes for a late tackle on Irelands Keith Earls.
England survived the sin-bin period only for Irelands Cian Healy to drive over from close range after some sustained pressure.
After 30 minutes a perfectly weighted Elliot Daly grubber forced a mistake from Jacob Stockdale and allowed Daly to dive on the loose ball to score.
Man of the match Mako Vunipola has disallowed a try on the stroke of half time but a Farrell penalty put England up 17-10 at the break.
The second half carried on from where the first left and Sexton kicked the first points of the half to make it 13-17 after both teams restarted brightly.
A stunning Henry Slade try on 65 minutes put England two scores ahead after a flat pass and great chip ahead.
A long-range penalty from Farrell put England 12 points ahead with 10 minutes left.
With five minutes left and Ireland attacking from deep, a Sexton pass was fantastically intercepted by Slade to get England’s bonus point.
Ireland scored a late consolation try through six nations debutant John Cooney after a good break from replacement Sean Cronin.
The final score was 32-20 to England, a hugely impressive win.
Here is how I rated the England team:
Eliot Daly - 8
An assured display by Englands 15. Dealt with the high ball well despite one drop and was a constant threat in attack. His kicking game showed why Jones rates him so highly as a fullback.
Jack Nowell - 8
Made Englands most metres and thrived in the free role he was given. Didn’t stop working all game and his tackle on Jacob Stockdale for Dalys try summed up his work rate.
Henry Slade - 9
A fantastic game from Henry Slade and finally producing his club form on the international level. Clinically took both of his tries and was defensively very good.
Manu Tuilagi - 7
Good international comeback from the destructive centre. Carried really well and made some bone crunching hits. Perhaps lucky with a suspect clear out on Stockdale in the first half.
Johnny May - 8
Part of England’s fantastic back three. May was fantastic in the air, soaring above everyone and was his clinical best with his try.
Owen Farrell - 9
Led England brilliantly and controlled the game throughout. Made sure England played in the right areas, his best game as captain yet.
Ben Youngs - 9
Likewise to Farrell controlled the game really well with his kicking. Knew when to increase the tempo and was involved in the defensive shift. Showed just how good he can be with
Mako Vunipola - 10
Man of the match doesn’t do the performance justice. Made a huge 25 tackles and was good at the set piece. World class.
Jamie George - 9
Similar to Mako put in a huge shift in the England front row. His throwing was rock-solid against one of the best lineouts in the world.
Kyle Sinckler - 7
A good game by the Harlequin man and did very well in his battle against the ever impressive Taidhg Furlong. Had a few nice runs and scummaged well.
Maro Itoje - 7
Sadly game brought to an end early with a worrying looking injury. Was having an immense battle with James Ryan and was his usual influential self.
George Kruis - 6
Solid game by the England 5. Dealt well in the line-out against the impressive Ireland jumpers and worked hard around the field.
Mark Wilson - 8
Another impressive game by the blindside. Make 21 tackles and did not put a foot wrong. Will be hard for Robshaw to regain his jersey.
Tom Curry - 8
Constant menace at the breakdown and continued his impressive short international career. Harsh yellow in the first half.
Billy Vunipola - 7
It is good to have the big man back. Not his most influential game but still made 26 metres in heavy Irish traffic. England are a different proposition with him.
Replacements - 7
Only Lawes and Hughes got the chance to make an impact with Jones emptying the bench late. Lawes put in some huge hits made a big impact.