Jamie George says England win over Ireland was a 'big statement'

Rory Best

Rory Best succeeded Paul O'Connell as Ireland captain after the 2015 World Cup

All credit to England, they were good today and we were off.

Ireland boss Schmidt admitted his side was battered in every area, conceding that only a renewed grit will set Rory Best's team back on track - especially with this autumn's World Cup hurtling into view. It was a suffocating place to be out there. 'We had a good base to work from.

"I think the intensity with which we played", Jones noted of what had been the most pleasing aspect for him in a 32-20 win.

The triumph for England was their first win on Irish soil since February 2013, with Jonny May's opening try their first scored in Dublin since 2011.

"The result tonight will be a challenge to our confidence because you get used to having that winning feeling and it's pretty hollow right now", Schmidt admitted. Back in the title talk, England's visit to Wales on February 23 has become pivotal.

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"I just missed the throw terribly!" joked George.

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The prop powered his way over the line from a metre out with Sexton adding the extras to make it 10-7.

It was a try made possible by the pace of May, who along with Jack Nowell on the opposite wing was magnificent throughout an afternoon of drama and high-quality rugby.

Cian Healy burrowed over for a try from a line-out that rewarded the bold decision to opt for touch in instead of the posts, but England were back in front on the half hour mark when Daly touched down his own kick following a fumble by Stockdale. Following up, Daly dropped on the loose ball for England's second try. England forwards Maro Itoje and Kyle Sinckler limped off, and Ireland replaced exhausted props Healy and Tadhg Furlong in the third quarter.

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A scrum gave Slade the ball and he fed a pinpoint long pass to the sprinting May, who kicked ahead for Slade to touch down - timing his onside run to perfection.

"It's very hard to put your finger on it but, against a side like England, you can't afford to be flat".

When Ireland center Garry Ringrose was cut down by England replacement Courtney Lawes and turned over by Curry, Farrell nailed the penalty kick from 47 meters, the limit of his range.

"We know they're a top team".

However, the Irish exhausted in the second half and England overpowered their opponents to earn the win.

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England midfielder Manu Tuilagi says the win over Dublin in Ireland was "probably tougher" than beating the All Blacks in 2012.

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