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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 February, 2005, 14:35 GMT
Ireland v England as it happened
All the action as Ireland beat England 19-13 in Dublin.

80 mins: Barkley ends England's last attack with a forward pass to Cueto. Moments later the final whistle goes.

79 mins: England still have time for a final attack after winning a scrum in Ireland territory.

77 mins: Noon goes back in on himself rather than use the runners outside him. It costs England a possible scoring opportunity and ends up with a penalty against them.

76 mins: Lewsey goes over the line with the ball in hand but the try is not given with an Irish arm seemingly under the ball. From the resulting scrum, O'Gara clears.

75 mins: England are given a penalty just in front of the posts. They go for the kick to the corner rather than an easy three points.

73 mins: Hodgson lofts another one of his crossfield specials. This time it meets Cueto but he and subsequent runner Lewsey are both felled. All that good work comes to nothing when Graham Rowntree knocks on. It's exciting stuff, let down by basic errors.

71 mins: On comes Matt Dawson for Ellis. It nearly reaps rewards straight away when Hodgson charges down a ball. But O'Gara steps in to clear from his try line to the halfway line.

70 mins: O'Gara fluffs a drop kick under pressure from Moody. Ireland probably would have been better to recycle the ball in a ruck. That could yet prove a costly decision.

69 mins: England survive the danger... temporarily... as Thompson produces a good lineoout ball and Hodgson clears.

67 mins: O'Driscoll puts the pressure on England with a lineout deep in their 22 after a good tactical kick.

65 mins: A bit of kicking yo-yo calms down proceedings temporarily for what should be a mightily tense finish.

62 mins: Grewcock is castigated for holding onto the ball on the ground. O'Gara has a chance for three points but it goes begging.

58 mins: Just when England look to be taking the advantage, dangerman Brian O'Driscoll scythe through for a try. First Denis Hickie breaks, then Geordan Murphy does the honours, leaving Hodgson stranded by a dummy to then send O'Driscoll through to touch down. O'Gara duly does the conversion honours. Ireland 19-13 England

57 mins: Noon glides through on the break with such ease and precision that Ireland are temporarily rattled. But he is just dragged back. As the ball is recycled Hodgson pierces the uprights with a drop goal.
Ireland 12-13 England

55 mins: England retain possession phase after phase but really can't do anything with it at the death.

52 mins: Hodgson smacks a belter of a kick upfield to put Ireland massively under threat with a lineout two metres from their line. But a Byrne-Foley combination gets them out of trouble.

49 mins: Ellis concedes a penalty for illegally holding Stringer back. But he survives being truly punished when O'Gara misses the penalty.

47 mins: A niggly little scrap breaks out as a sideshow to the action. The Stringer-Corry tussle is arguably the biggest mis-match. In something of a surprise, the normally volatile Grewcock steps in to calm frayed tempers.

43 mins: England are getting quicker ball to their backs now. But it doesn't bring any better results as they are met by a wall of defenders.

41 mins: Hodgson lofts the ball skywards to get the action going once again.


HALF-TIME


40 mins: England try to find a way through in the final moments of the half but two separate forward passes halt them just before the interval whistle.

39 mins: Cueto catches a beautifully-timed Hodgson crossfield kick for a try but he is penalised for being offside. It looks like it could have been harsh call.

37 mins: O'Gara puts up a monumental garryowen in front of England's posts. Although it ends with O'Driscoll going over England's line, play is brought back for an earlier Horgan knock-on.

34 mins: O'Gara smacks the post with a drop goal attempt but it just sneaks in for three points.
Ireland 12-10 England

33 mins: Ireland are left ruing a missed try. Their backs were supremely slick with their passing and their pace in back-to-back attacks. But they win a penalty and kick for touch. Nervous moments for England...

30 mins: Geordan Murphy very bravely falls on the ball as he finds himself virtually stranded with half-a-dozen Englishmen charging down on him. His work helps O'Gara clear.

25 mins: Simon Easterby is given a talking to for handling the ball illegally on the floor on the halfway line. Ambitiously Hodgson opts for a spot kick and his bravery is rewarded with a monster kick.
Ireland 9-10 England

20 mins: Hodgson intelligently finds Cueto down the other side of the field. The Sale sprinter flicks onto Robinson but neither man can put Ireland's try line in danger.

17 mins: Mark Cueto is on the ground receiving treatment for a hip/back complaint, but is still ok to carry on.

13 mins: Once more an offside indiscretion is penalised - this time Thompson is the guilty party. O'Gara makes no mistake once again.
Ireland 9-7 England

10 mins: England are caught offside. O'Gara makes them pay.
Ireland 6-7 England

7 mins: Some of the worst Irish defence imaginable paves the way for Martin Corry to break clear, although part of the problem was O'Gara being tackled by Danny Grewcock even without possession.

After a third consecutive ruck, the Leicester number eight finds himself with the ball in hand. Even he looks shocked about the amount of room but he scores nonetheless. Charlie Hodgson converts.
Ireland 3-7 England

4 mins: A Steve Thompson mis-throw hands Ireland possession. The Irish backs break at pace but Jason Robinson takes Horgan's chip ahead into touch. A lineout to Ireland, which leads to a successful O'Gara drop goal.
Ireland 3-0 England

2 mins: Brian O'Driscoll launches the first break of the afternoon. He slips into touch before he can get his reverse pass out to Shane Horgan.

1506: Ronan O'Gara has the pleasure of getting a potential thrilling Six Nations tie under way. It is immediately knocked on by England and the first scrum of the game is called.

1459: Ireland look far more relaxed in the build-up. There's a defeinite nervousness in the England squad as they sing the national anthem.

1456: England's players are huddled together as captain Jason Robinson gives them a final team talk. There's already a great buzz in the Lansdowne Road crowd.

1453 GMT: Both teams are coming onto the field now. There are some stern faces from both camps.


Ireland: G Murphy; G Dempsey, B O'Driscoll, S Horgan, D Hickie; R O'Gara, P Stringer; R Corrigan, S Byrne, J Hayes; M O'Kelly, P O'Connell; S Easterby, J O'Connor, A Foley.
Replacements: F Sheahan, M Horan, D O'Callaghan, E Miller, G Easterby, D Humphreys, K Maggs.

England: J Robinson (capt); M Cueto, J Noon, O Barkley, J Lewsey; C Hodgson, H Ellis; G Rowntree, S Thompson, M Stevens; D Grewcock, B Kay; J Worsley, L Moody, M Corry.
Replacements: A Titterrell, D Bell, S Borthwick, A Hazell, M Dawson, A Goode, O Smith.



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