PLAYER RATINGS: Maro Itoje was the king of the turnovers as England beat Ireland 18-7 at Twickenham

PLAYER RATINGS: Maro Itoje was the king of the turnovers as England run out 18-7 winners over Ireland at Twickenham but Elliot Daly struggles to contribute in attack

  • Jonny May scored twice during including an incredible solo try at Twickenham 
  • Owen Farrell scored two penalties to put England firmly in control in second half 
  • England now top their group and are in pole position to compete for the title 

Jonny May scored a brilliant individual try as England claimed an emphatic Autumn Nations Cup victory against the Irish at Twickenham.

The hosts dominated the first half as May claimed two tries, the second of which covered most of the pitch and was one of his finest.  

 Sportsmail runs the rule over both team’s performances on Saturday night…

England beat Ireland 18-7 in an entertaining contest at Twickenham in the Autumn Nations Cup

 Elliot Daly – 5

Read Ireland’s early kicking game well as the visitors but pretty quiet after that start and not as prominent in attack as he usually is. 

Jonathan Joseph 7

Came off his wing looking for work. A class 13 but England have got a lot them so he is stuck out wide.

Ollie Lawrence – 7

England centre Ollie Lawrence tackles Chris Farrell and overall put in a promising display

England centre Ollie Lawrence tackles Chris Farrell and overall put in a promising display

Much more involved than he was against Georgia last week and put in some hard carries. Not Manu Tuilagi but early days for the centre. 

Henry Slade  – 7

Still looks a better 13 than a 12 but put in a solid display in midfield and cemented in the side now wherever he is picked. 

Jonny May – 10

Jonny May scored two tries in the victory, his second was one of the best seen at Twickenham

Jonny May scored two tries in the victory, his second was one of the best seen at Twickenham

His second score was one of the greatest tries ever seen at Twickenham and the wing is genuinely world class now. Finishes for fun. 

Owen Farrell (capt) – 7

The skipper ran the game much better than last week – solid with the boot but sometimes overdoes the kicking in attack. 

Ben Youngs – 7

More good box kicking from the veteran and has put the doubts to bed over the last couple of weeks. Looked sharp again. 

Mako Vunipola – 8

Mako Vunipola (left) tackles Ireland's James Lowe, he made 12 tackles in the first half alone

Mako Vunipola (left) tackles Ireland’s James Lowe, he made 12 tackles in the first half alone

Got the better of Andrew Porter at scrum-time after all the chat about the Irishmen’s technique in the build-up to the match. 

Jamie George – 7

No hat-trick this week but scrummed well and threw in well at line out and that is what hookers are supposed to do. Solid game. 

Kyle Sinckler – 7

Another who fronted up well in the scrum and got around the park well enough. Developing into fine all round prop. 

Maro Itoje – 9

Maro Itoje  produced two vital turnovers in his own 22 when Ireland looked like scoring

Maro Itoje  produced two vital turnovers in his own 22 when Ireland looked like scoring

Got the upper hand in his battle with James Ryan and ruled the line out again. A nuisance to the Irish all afternoon and king of turnovers. 

Joe Launchbury – 8

50th start for the lock who barely has a bad game. Line out work was good with some crunching hits thrown in. 

Tom Curry – 7

Tom Curry won a couple of turnovers and also produced some lovely touches during the game

Tom Curry won a couple of turnovers and also produced some lovely touches during the game

Reunited with Sam Underhill and pair still look the best flanking combination. Energetic and forceful in defence. 

Sam Underhill – 8

Back after missing out last weekend and put in some trade mark bit hits again.Got around the pitch and another solid display. 

Billy Vunipola – 7

Billy Vunipola won a vital turnover in the  first half and made 22 tackles in a strong display

Billy Vunipola won a vital turnover in the  first half and made 22 tackles in a strong display

Made one crucial turnover in the first half to deny Ireland a score. Still not at the top of his game though and could be under pressure. 

Replacements used: Tom Dunn 5, Ellis Genge 6, Will Stuart 5, Jonny Hill 6, Ben Earl 6, Dan Robson 6, George Ford 6, Max Malins 6

Ireland: 

Hugo Keenan 5; Keith Earls 6, Chris Farrell 6, Bundee Aki 5, James Lowe 6; Ross Byrne 5, Jamison Gibson-Park 5; Cian Healy 4, Ronan Kelleher 5, Andrew Porter 4, Quinn Roux 6, James Ryan (capt) 6, CJ Stander 5, Peter O’Mahony 6, Caelan Doris7

Replacements: 

Rob Herring 5, Ed Byrne 5, Finlay Bealham 5, Iain Henderson 6, Will Connors 5, Conor Murray 5, Billy Burns 5, Jacob Stockdale 6

Referee: Pascal Gauzere (FRA)

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