[ENT] Jonny May stars as England reignite Autumn Cup campaign with Ireland win

England ignited their Autumn Nations Cup by overwhelming Ireland 18-7 at Twickenham as Jonny May ran in a wonder try to end his recent drought in spectacular style.

May crossed twice to move beyond Jeremy Guscott and into joint second in the all-time red rose try scoring list alongside Ben Cohen and Will Greenwood with 31 touch downs, leaving only Rory Underwood ahead.

An athletic opener ended his sequence of five Tests without crossing, but it was his next intervention that really captured imaginations as he plundered a stunning solo score that started from inside his own 22.

It was an electric moment and the highlight of a fourth successive victory against Ireland that was possibly the most conclusive of them all as Ireland were brutally outplayed.

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Here’s how the two teams rated:

Jonny Hill of England celebrates with Billy Vunipola

ENGLAND

Elliot Daly

Saw little of his attacking flair, but kept things tidy at back. 6

Jonathan Joseph

Play went May’s way this time, leaving Joseph with only crumbs on his wing. 7

Ollie Lawrence

More involved than on first start and will grow from experience. 6

Henry Slade

Brilliant defence to deny Chris Farrell certain try with last-ditch tackle and turn. 8

Jonny May

Sharp as a knife. Ruled skies for first try, ran the length for second. 9

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Owen Farrell (capt)

Overtook Wilkinson as England’s record points scorer against Ireland. 8

May scores England’s second try

Ben Youngs

Provided the steady performance at scrum-half that Ireland cried out for. 7

Mako Vunipola

Put in a strong shift to help kill contest by half-time. 7

Jamie George

His smile lit up Twickenham, highlighting how comfortable England were. 7

Kyle Sinckler

Unfussy, unflustered, unprovokeable, now a top class performer. 7

Maro Itoje

A nuisance to Ireland all afternoon, nothing flash, always solid. 8

Joe Launchbury

Brought heft and physicality to tight exchanges, continuing excellent form. 7

Tom Curry

Dovetailed perfectly with Underhill, devouring one Irish attack after another. 7

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Sam Underhill

Huge defensive effort, brought incredible power and dominance to contact area. 8

Billy Vunipola

Relished added intensity and responded with his best display of autumn. 7

Replacements: Tom Dunn (George 80) 5, Ellis Genge (M Vunipola 63) 6, Will Stuart (Sinckler 70) 6, Jonny Hill (Launchbury 70) 6, Ben Earl (Underhill 63) 6, Dan Robson (Youngs 63) 6, George Ford (Lawrence 70) 6, Max Malins (Joseph 72) 6.

Jacob Stockdale of Ireland breaks past Dan Robson

IRELAND

Hugo Keenan

Beaten in air by May for first try. Ireland badly miss Jordan Larmour at 15. 5

Keith Earls

Great footwork off his wing created Ireland’s best chance early on. 6

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Chris Farrell

Thought he’d scored a try only to have pockets picked by Slade. 5

Bundee Aki

Physical and combative but received ball too far behind gain line to cause real damage. 6

James Lowe

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A couple of moments but nothing he will write home about. 5

Ross Byrne

Kicked well early but then forced so deep into pocket he disappeared. 5

Billy Vunipola of England looks to offload

Jamison Gibson-Park

Lacked the control Ireland badly neeed at 9. Much better when Murray came on. 4

Cian Healy

Worked as hard as ever in tight and loose. Deserved greater reward. 6

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Ronan Kelleher

Briefly shone in second quarter but unable to provide any sort of platform. 5

Andrew Porter

Targeted by Eddie Jones in build-up to game and by England’s pack when whistle went. 5

Quinn Roux

Frustrated by English set-piece dominance, conceding a silly penalty. 5

James Ryan (capt)

Captained his country for first time. Might not want to be reminded of it. 6

CJ Stander

Not one to take a backwards step but sheer brute force of English back row made him. 5

Peter O’Mahony

One nice kick (!) but that apart an afternoon spent firefighting. 5

Caelan Doris

Could not get his team onto front foot as England pack bossed contest. 5

Replacements: Rob Herring (Kelleher 50) 6, Finlay Bealham (Healy 65) 6, Iain Henderson (Roux 50) 6, Will Connors (Stander 65) 5, Conor Murray (Gibson-Park 50) 7, Billy Burns (Byrne 70) 6, Jacob Stockdale (Keenan 58) 7. Unused: John Ryan.



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