Sensational drop-goal from Marcus Smith secures victory for England over Ireland

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In a thrilling match, Marcus Smith secured victory for England with a last-minute drop-goal, ending Ireland’s hopes of a double Grand Slam in the Six Nations championship.

Despite Ireland’s strong start and a 12-8 lead at halftime, England fought back with tries from George Furbank and Ben Earl to take a narrow lead in the final quarter.

However, a second try from Ireland’s James Lowe put them back in front, setting the stage for Smith’s dramatic winning kick. The result sets up an exciting final round of the Six Nations championship.

On winning the match with his sensation drop goal, Marcus Smith said to ITV:

“I was excited to be honest we got an advantage in the wide channels. To watch it from the back and get the forwards round the corner getting us momentum, I have been practicing my drop-goals and I thought why not!

“This team is going to take a lot of pride and confidence from this performance. I know the boys will be very happy with that one. Two weeks ago didn’t go to plan at Scotland, but we said as a promise to each other to have that confidence, we have been building nicely – moments like this give us hope.”

Flanker Ben Earl speaking added:

“We knew from the beginning if we played our best game we would have a chance. Everything came together today, we are very fortunate. We’ve been training like that every day, sometimes it doesn’t translate onto the pitch, people don’t see half the stuff we do, but they can write what they want.”

“I am just so pleased, that’s where we can take this team. I am working hard, we are all working hard. Playing the best team in the world it brings the best out of you, credit to Ireland and credit to the fans.”

Photo credit: England Rugby

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