England bounce back from France defeat with emphatic win

Manu Tuilagi provided the power as England blew away unbeaten Ireland to hand France a clear advantage in the Six Nations title race.

Back in the side after injury Leicester's wrecking ball centre put England on the front foot from the off, leaving Ireland’s Triple Crown dream in tatters.

Andy Farrell’s side had arrived at Twickenham full of confidence but were simply washed away by a white tide.

Eddie Jones’ much criticised selection jumped out fast and were ahead on eight minutes when Ben Youngs spotted a chink in the Irish defensive line and chipped through intelligently.

Johnny Sexton attempted to gather but juggled then fumbled the ball and in a flash Ford was onto it for the score.

The Irish captain was still rattled six minutes later when he lined up a kick at goal and shanked it so horribly that the 81,476 crowd reacted with a gasp.

It summed up Ireland’s no show and England, revelling in quick, front foot ball, could have been much further ahead before the Irish gifted them their second try.

This time the culprit was Jacob Stockdale, far too slow to react to a clever chip by Ford, who gave the ball enough air that it bounced up and the fast arriving Daly was first to the touch as the defender dawdled.

You can only imagine what Andy Farrell made of seeing his side so physically dominated – whilst his son did a pretty fair job of refereeing the game with his constant chirping.

Farrell added a penalty to send England in at half-time leading 17-0 and although Ireland finally got on the board with a Robbie Henshaw try early in the new half it was but a stay of execution.

For England were in no mood to be denied and after the Irish front row had unwisely wound up prop Ellis Genge on his arrival from the bench, the Red Rose pack made them pay, with Luke Cowan Dickie driven over for try number three by his snarling team mates.

Jones' resurgent side were only denied a bonus point try by a late tackle by Henshaw on Jonny May which went unpunished when the winger was headed for the line.

Andrew Porter claimed a second try for the visitors in the last minute but it meant nothing as England return to the title race.

Two weeks from now they will expect to pick up their first piece of silverware by beating Wales and claiming the Triple Crown.

England – Tries: Ford, Daly, Cowan-Dickie. Cons: Farrell 3. Pen: Farrell.

Ireland – Tries: Henshaw, Porter. Con: Cooney.

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