Poms crushed at Croke

Ireland claimed an emotional 43-13 victory against England in Dublin on Saturday.

In 1920, British solidiers killed 13 spectators and a gaelic footballer at Croke Park. Nearly 86 years later, it was the English rugby team that was slaughtered by ruthless Irishmen.

The four-try win keeps the Irish in contention for the Six Nations championship, and puts England’s recent victories against Scotland and Italy into perspective. Phil Vickery’s side will be judged on their performances against Ireland and France — not those against two of the weaker teams in world rugby.

Unlike two weeks ago, when they let the occasion get to them, Ireland were cool and collected from the opening whistle.

Three Ronan O’Gara penalties gave the home side a solid start before tries from Girvan Dempsey and David Wallace saw them lead 23-3 at the break.

A try from debutant David Strettle helped England cut the gap to 26-13 early in the second half, but Shane Horgan and Isaac Boss added further tries as Ireland claimed a record win over their arch-rivals.

Ireland -Tries: Girvan Dempsey, David Wallace, Shane Horgan, Isaac Boss. Conversions: Ronan O’Gara (4). Penalties: O’Gara (5).
England -Tries: Strettle. Conversions: Jonny Wilkinson. Penalties: Wilkinson (2).