Ireland’s second World Cup warm up game ended in defeat as England proved too strong for Joe Schmidt’s men at Twickenham. England cruised to a 57-15 win.
Worringly for Schmidt, both Cian Healy and Conor Murray left the game injured. It was a turgid display by Ireland who looked way off the pace for the majority of the game.
An Owen Farrell penalty put England in front, but Ireland immediately responded when Jordan Larmour benefited from a fortunate bounce to collect Jacob Stockdale’s chip over the top.
Ross Byrne nailed the conversion to put Ireland 7-3 ahead.
A set piece move finished by Joe Cokanasiga put England back in front a couple of minutes later. Ireland’s defence was caught out and the Bath winger eased in to score in the right corner.
Manu Tuilagi crossed for England’s third try following a scrum close to the Irish line. Farrell’s conversion and a previous penalty saw England 22-10 in front at the break.
Ireland had lots of the possession and territory in the first quarter, but were unable to pierce a resolute English defence.
Schmidt’s men were soon back into the lead when Byrne landed a penalty from 45 metres to put his side 10-8 ahead after 27 minutes.
England were soon at it again, however, as Daly scored in the right corner with Conor Murray down injured.
Things didn’t get better for Ireland after the break with Maro Itoje, George Kruis and Tom Curry all scoring within 18 minutes of the restart.
Farrell nailed all three conversions to put England 43-10 ahead. Both coaches emptied the bench after Curry’s try, but the one way traffic continued.
Cokanasiga scored a second try before Bundee Aki’s solo effort accounted for Ireland’s second try. Another lineout error saw Luke Cowan-Dickie in for England’s eighth try.
That was the end of the scoring as England romped him to a convincing win.