Six Nations: Victory over Ireland has made a statement says England captain Chris Robshaw

England won in Ireland for the first time in a decade

Chris Robshaw felt his side had delivered a powerful statement of intent to their rivals around the world after they claimed a 12-6 win against Ireland in a game played in atrocious conditions on Sunday afternoon – the first victory for England in the Fair City for a decade.

England signalled their title credentials with the victory over the only other undefeated side heading into the tie, but four Owen Farrell penalties meant it was Robshaw's side that remain the only team with a possibility of taking the Grand Slam.

Not since 2003 had an England side won in Dublin, when then-captain Martin Johnson led his own side to the Grand Slam - just months before their famous World Cup victory. Robshaw was aware of the troubles that the Irish capital had caused the nation, and was clearly delighted that record was now laid to rest.

"We came here to put a marker down and we will build on that," said the man-of-the-match Robshaw. "We knew we hadn't won here in 10 years and we knew why. Today we got it spot on." He had every right to be pleased with their performance. England fronted up physically, and when Ireland - and particularly the over-exuberant Cian Healy - decided to take aim at the English, every player was ready to take whatever they could throw at them.

"We are always fired up and the message today was 'no backward step', whether it is little off-the-ball stuff or going after them from minute one and we did that today," continued captain Robshaw. "It was all about defence at the end of the day and someone like Owen kicking the goals. That performance is definitely right up there."

And it was. Rarely has an England side taken so much punishment only to dish out more to the opposition. The commitment of the men in white to not give an inch was exemplary, and off the back of wins against New Zealand and Scotland, Stuart Lancaster's side now has an expectation that they must rise to each week.

"I am delighted to get the win here," said the England head coach. "When you have the conditions as they were it was going to be a tight game and down to small margins. To come here with a young side and show that kind of maturity to close a game out was hugely pleasing."

 



The Irish crowd did their part to spur the home-side on, and the atmosphere came to a boiling point when both packs prepared for the first scrum of the game - a clash of monumental importance. The noise was deafening, with every individual packed into Lansdowne Road understanding the importance of gaining momentum from the get-go.

But England remained strong, and even when their six point lead had been whittled away by two Ronan O'Gara penalties and their side down to 14 men with James Haskell in the sin-bin, they suddenly turned the tide against a rejuvenated Ireland.

Fly-half Farrell went on to slot another two penalties, and his father Andy explained what it meant to the team as a whole. "We have come to Ireland and we have played against a very good Ireland side," said the assistant coach. "I put that up there as an absolutely massive win, a huge win."

"There was a tricky point in the third quarter but the way we composed ourselves and finished the game - our energy got better, our line speed got better, our composure - was a masterclass of how to handle that last 20 minutes. For a young side to play like that in a pressured situation against a team that has been there and done that, and been successful with it, is a credit to everyone."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Jerry Seinfeld Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
peopleSitcom star urges men to be more supportive of women than ever
Life and Style
Living for the moment: Julianne Moore playing Alzheimer’s sufferer Alice
health
News
Jay Z
businessJay-Z's bid for Spotify rival could be blocked
Sport
footballLouis van Gaal is watching a different Manchester United and Wenger can still spring a surprise
News
The spider makes its break for freedom
VIDEO
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot