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England register rare Dublin win

10 February 2013 18:49

England made it two wins from two in the Six Nations on Sunday with a gritty 12-6 triumph over Ireland in Dublin.

The visitors were fired by four penalties from fly-half Owen Farrell, and England top the Six Nations standings as the only unbeaten side after two matches.

It was England's first Six Nations win in Dublin since 2003, and they are now the only country capable of completing a Grand Slam.

Farrell slotted a penalty in the second minute to give the visitors the lead at a soaked Aviva Stadium, but the match threatened to boil over at times during the early going.

Farrell was lucky to avoid the sin-bin after pulling back Conor Murray, and a melee erupted after Cian Healy stamped on Dan Cole's ankle.

Farrell converted another penalty just before the half-hour mark against the run of play, and Ireland were left to rue the loss of Jonny Sexton, who limped off with a hamstring problem.

England led 6-0 at the break, but four minutes into the second half Ireland had halved the deficit thanks to a Ronan O'Gara penalty, and he tied the scores with another true kick after James Haskell was sin-binned for kicking the ball away coming out of a ruck.

The Irish could not make their numerical advantage count, however, and Farrell put England ahead again when the referee awarded another penalty.

Farrell struck again to put England 12-6 ahead, and try as Ireland might they could not cut the deficit in the closing stages.

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