England falls, Ireland wins the Grand Slam, France comes second
Winners of England on Saturday in Dublin (29-16), the Irish sign the fourth Grand Slam in their history.
St. Patrick’s Day 2023 will go down in history. On this weekend so special for the Irish around the world, Clover’s XV bid themselves the Six Nations Tournament by dominating (29-16) England, quickly reduced to 14, on Saturday 18 March, in their last game of the edition. Better: Ireland win the Grand Slam for the fourth time in history after those of 1948, 2009 and 2018.
Indeed, it is the first time that the Irish have been able to celebrate such a performance at home, given that the match was held at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Enough to pour even more beer in honor of Saint-Patrick, but especially the XV du Clover.
Sexton in history
Before rejoicing and going to sing their joy in the island’s pubs, however, the Irish gritted their teeth for a long time. And with good reason: after the humiliation suffered against the French last week in Twickenham, the XV della Rosa had the honor of washing up on the lawn of the Aviva Stadium. United, courageous and very combative in defence, the English side doubted the best team in the world for an important hour, even being reduced to fourteen just before the break.
Up until the hour, a small point separated the two teams (10-9), after three English penalties by Owen Farrell, who came to respond to Dan Sheehan’s Irish try, and Jonathan Sexton. The legendary Irish half-time also became the top goalscorer in the history of the Tournament with 560 points. But even stammering their rugby, probably under pressure, the Irish ended up taking over from the English reduced to 14, and logically exhausted.
He was the first Henshaw to score a rescue try (62nd), after a scrum. Minutes later, Sheehan completed a double and set Aviva Stadium roaring. Despite Jamie George’s English try (73rd), the end of the match was one-sided. And even more after the yellow card received by the Englishman Jack Willis, who forced the XV della Rosa to close the match at 13 odds. Just enough to leave even more space, and allow Rob Herring to score a fourth Irish try, synonymous with attacking bonus.
Then it was the turn of the songs and emotions at the Aviva Stadium, which celebrated 29-16 in the draw, synonymous with the Grand Slam. Before going to taste the hops dear to Ireland, in honor of Saint-Patrick, a little, but above all of this XV of Clover which confirms its status as world number one, just a few months from the world championship in France.