Ireland 29-16 England LIVE! Six Nations 2023 result, match stream and reaction as Irish win Grand Slam
Six Nations Super Saturday concluded with a huge clash between former rivals in Dublin tonight. The stage was set for the world’s top-ranked side to clinch a memorable Grand Slam on home soil after a fantastic tournament and send another major warning shot as they attempt to end their World Cup curse at autumn. And that’s exactly what they did with a hard-fought 29-16 triumph, despite a few jittery moments along the way.
Few prayed for England to spoil the party and deprive Ireland of a fourth overall sweep, second in five years and first in this city, with Steve Borthwick’s side beaten by France in a record defeat at Twickenham in the fourth round. But while they were unable to pull off the massive upset that could have handed the Blues the title in dramatic fashion, there were clear signs of improvement for Borthwick as his side battled valiantly with 14 men after Freddie Steward’s controversial red card at halftime. -time.
Ireland weren’t at their best for long stretches but got the job done thanks to a brace from hooker Dan Sheehan, more tries from Robbie Henshaw and Rob Herring and nine points from the boot of Johnny Sexton, now the Six Nations. -time record marker. Follow the reaction to Ireland’s latest Grand Slam success below, with expert analysis from Nick Purewal at the Aviva Stadium.
Nick Purewal match report in Dublin
Ireland put on the real holiday parade with a 29-16 victory over England at 14 to seal their maiden Grand Slam in Dublin.
The streets of the Irish capital were flooded with traditional St. Patrick’s Day floats on Friday, but Aviva Stadium hosted the real procession a day later.
Captain Johnny Sexton led Ireland to their fourth competitive sweep, and their first at home since the 1948 triumph in Belfast.
Freddie Steward’s red card at half-time undoubtedly helped Ireland through on a day when nervousness set in early and was only dismissed at the hour mark .
Ryan Baird’s monster turnover on Ellis Genge set off the chain of events for Robbie Henshaw to power home and seal the second Grand Slam in five years.
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Andy Farrell on Sexton
“Hopefully there are bigger fish for Johnny with the World Cup. It’s amazing for him to have this moment and lift the trophy.
“He wanted to lift it with someone else and I said he shouldn’t. He deserves it. What a way for him to get out of the Six Nations.
Oh what a night…
Andy Farrell reaction
And now Farrell Sr on his incredible achievement with Ireland…
“It’s the fourth time we’ve done it and the first time we’ve done it at home. It means so much to everyone. Winning a Grand Slam on St Patrick’s Day weekend was always going to be special,” said Farrell said. .
“It was a squeaky time for a while when it came to 10-9! It was a win at all costs. The game was a stop-start and an old-fashioned test match. We are disappointed with some aspects of our game. but again it was a win with bonus points.”
Owen Farrell: Steward’s red card was ‘tough’
Here is England captain Owen Farrell speaking to ITV…
“First of all, congratulations to Ireland. Winning a Grand Slam is special,” said Farrell.
“I think we showed a lot of fighting. We probably gave too many penalties. The game changed with the map but we still showed a lot of fighting to stay there.”
Farrell said Steward’s red card for making dangerous contact with Keenan was “harsh”.
“It’s not for me to have an opinion. It felt harsh to me, but people make the rules for a reason,” he said.
Johnny Sexton has now hoisted the trophy for Ireland after collecting their winners’ medals – and the Triple Crown of course.
What a way out of the Six Nations for the now-record points scorer.
Webb Ellis Cup coming in the fall?!
Here’s an Irish reaction from lock James Ryan…
“One of the best nights of our career. It was all about delivering today and attacking. We didn’t quite make it at the start but we found a way,” Ryan told ITV .
“There was a bit of pressure but there is pressure in every game you play for Ireland. We were a bit calmer in the first half so we’re delighted to get the result. This day is really special.”
Nick Purewal at Aviva Stadium
Ireland’s first Grand Slam ended in Dublin, their second sweep in five years but only their fourth in history.
Andy Farrell’s men deserve all the applause that will come their way. Add Belfast in 1948 to this major triumph at the Aviva Stadium.
Back to the World Cup drawing board for England.
Irish players hug and celebrate on the pitch as fans do the same in the stands with the music blaring.
It’s going to be a party in Dublin tonight! And St. Patrick’s Day weekend, no less.
Their fourth Grand Slam, the first since 2018 and the first sealed in Dublin.
What an achievement. Next stop, trying to end their World Cup curse in the fall. They never made it past the quarter-finals, remember.
Surely this must change in France?
The final scoreline looks a bit harsh for England, who were very competitive for most of the evening despite Steward’s lethal red card.
Promising signs for Borthwick after their embarrassment by France at least.
Ireland 29-16 England
IRELAND IS CHAMPION OF THE SIX NATIONS GRAND SLAM!