England end with a win

Cipriani enjoys debut as England end Six Nations with a win.

Last Updated: 15/03/08 4:59pm

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Cipriani: Fine debut

Cipriani: Fine debut

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England ended their Six Nations campaign with a promising 33-10 victory over Ireland at Twickenham, with debutant Danny Cipriani kicking 18 points.

Ireland started superbly with Rob Kearney grabbing the opening try after just four minutes as the visitors built up a 10-0 lead early on.

England soon took control though as they finally produced some flowing, exciting rugby, unfortunately in the last game of what has been a disappointing Six Nations campaign.

Paul Sackey, Matthew Tait and Jamie Noon all ran in tries as Ireland could not live with England, while debutant Cipriani played well and was flawless with the boot as he kicked seven out of seven for 18 points.

Fast start

Ireland enjoyed the perfect start as they scored the opening try after just four minutes, with some quick thinking and good handling unlocking England's defence.

Eoin Reddan's quick tap had England's defence scrambling and Geordan Murphy danced in off the left touchline before slipping a clever reverse ball for Kearney to go over.

Skipper Ronan O'Gara converted and three minutes later kicked a penalty to give the Irish a 10-0 lead with just seven minutes gone.

Cipriani got his first Test points on the board after 123 minutes when he kicked a straightforward penalty, which would have eased any early nerves for the 20-year-old.

England got back on terms on 19 minutes with Sackey starting and finishing a fine move which the England fans have been crying out for during a disappointing Six Nations.

Sackey broke on the left, and following some good handling and quick passing, the ball was switched to the right where Sackey popped up again to cross the line - and Cipriani converted for 10-10.

Jamie Noon was brought down just inches from the line after a powerful burst, and on the half hour England took the lead for the first time when Cipriani sent a penalty through the posts after Toby Flood had also shown some enterprise with a good chip and gather.

Second half

13-10 was how it finished at half time, but it was 16-10 four minutes after the restart when Cipriani maintained his flawless kicking record with his penalty making it four from four.

The normally reliable O'Gara missed a very kickable penalty on 50 minutes which just about summed up Ireland's display, while two minutes later Jonny Wilkinson came on, but took up a position at centre as he replaced Flood.

Wilkinson was involved in England's second try, as he provided one pair of the quick hands that moved the ball quickly from left to right for substitute Tait to scamper over.

Noon had put in some bone-shaking tackles all game and he got his reward with a try in the 70th minute when he bulldozed his way over the line, and Cipriani retained kicking duties despite Wilkinson's arrival to convert for 30-10.

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