It’s hard to believe that Ireland have beaten England in six of their last seven matches. But they have! From an Irish perspective, this season of rugby can be counted a success because of today’s 20-16 win over England. And with the last two matches of the Six Nations Championship at home in Dublin, who knows, but Ireland might have a very successful season once again.
Today’s win was secured by two great tries from former Ulster player, Tommy Bowe. It was Tommy’s clinical finishing that made the difference between the two teams, and he took his opportunities well. There was something particularly sweet about the way he drifted past Wilkinson for the final try.
Rory Best, restored to full fitness, had a good all-round game. He managed to play for the full 80 minutes, and was very busy all over the park. It was good to see Andrew Trimble make an important contribution in defence in the last quarter of the game when Brian O’Driscoll had to come off with concussion. Maybe Declan Kidney will restore Andrew to the starting line-up for one of the last two matches of this championship. With Keith Earls scoring such an excellent try, it would seem that his place is secure.
So, apart from any debate about the relative performances of the two teams, it was a case of Ireland winning by 3 tries to 1. Tonight we are celebrating a great win!