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Ireland demolish Italy, England hold off Wales in Six Nations rugby

England's Jonathan Joseph tackles Wales' George North in their match at Twickenham on Saturday.
England's Jonathan Joseph tackles Wales' George North in their match at Twickenham on Saturday. Reuters / Henry Browne

Ireland and England registered contrasting wins in their Six Nations matches on Saturday. While the Irish routed Italy 58-15, England managed to hold off a late charge by Wales by winning 25-21.

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Having scored just one point from their first three games, Ireland were under pressure to score their first win of the tournament. They did so in great style in Dublin.

Andrew Trimble, Jack McGrath, CJ Stander and Jamie Heaslip scored tries in the first half to lead 25-3 at the break. Edoardo Padovani's penalty was the only saving grace for the Italians.

Ireland maintained the momentum in the second half as Jared Payne, Heaslip, Sean Cronin, Ian Madigan and Fergus McFadden scored tries to take the tie beyond Italy.

In the other match of the evening, England held off a late Wales surge in Twickenham to continue their unbeaten streak in the tournament.

England seemed to be coasting at half time after they took a commanding 16-0 lead. Even in the second half, they had the tie under control with a 22-7 scoreline. However, tries from George North and Taulupe Faletau in the final seven minutes set up a thrilling climax to the tie.

However, England managed to hold off Wales to win by four point margin and claim Triple Crown.

England could be crowned as champions if Scotland win against France at Murrayfield on Sunday.
 

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