England 30 v 09 Ireland
17 March 2012
Earning just his fifth Test cap, Owen Farrell notched up 20 points – six penalties and a conversion – to down the Irish at Twickenham and see England finish second overall in the Six Nations standings.
Ireland had beaten England in seven of their last eight meetings, and with both teams evenly matched; the boot ruled the first 40 – as Farrell and Jonny Sexton traded penalties for a 9-6 half time score.
But England’s dominance in the scrum made the difference in the second half, and the game’s tries came as a direct result of the pack. One penalty try was awarded, before a quick tap-and-go off the back of another penalised scrum saw Ben Youngs the beneficiary of England’s second score.
England 13 v 10 Ireland
22 February 2014
England stifled Ireland’s Triple Crown hopes with a hard-fought win at Twickenham Stadium.
It was a near perfect start for the home side as Jonny May crossed the whitewash after just five minutes, only for a TMO review to rule out his try after the wing lost control of the ball before grounding.
A solitary penalty from Farrell gave England a slender 3-0 half time lead, but it was Ireland who started the quicker of the two in the second stanza, as Rob Kearney scythed through the England line in the 41st minute for the game’s opening try.
A Sexton penalty followed, but England regrouped and responded through Danny Care – who linked with Harlequins team mates Chris Robshaw and Mike Brown to dot down under the posts and put England back in the ascendancy.
England 21 v 13 Ireland
05 September 2015
Tries from Jonny May and Anthony Watson secured a win for England over Ireland in their final World Cup warm up game. The duo had England 12-3 up before May had his second disallowed courtesy of a forward pass, but George Ford - earning Test cap number 13 - extended their lead through a penalty.
Ireland cut the gap to two when Jonny Sexton converted the try of second row Paul O'Connell, before adding a penalty. But England re-established control through Owen Farrell, who confirmed victory with a further two penalties.