Six Nations: Ireland wrecks England's Grand Slam record bid

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BYBy Paul Gittings, CNN
Updated 1519 GMT (2319 HKT) March 20, 2017

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Ireland beats England 13-9England's double Grand Slam bid deniedEngland's 18-match winning Test run ends

(CNN)Battling Ireland wrecked England's dreams of a double Grand Slam and a new world record for consecutive Test wins with a 13-9 victory in Saturday's Six Nations finale in Dublin.

Ireland had ended the previous world record run of the New Zealand All Blacks in Chicago last November and repeated the feat against England, which was seeking to make history under coach Eddie Jones with a 19th consecutive win.READ: England equals world recordBut his team came up against an inspired home side, which hustled and harried England from start to finish at the Aviva Stadium and scored the only try of the match.

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— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) March 18, 2017 England had clinched the Six Nations title with a crushing 61-21 victory over Scotland last weekend, but defeat with so much at stake was a demoralizing end to its campaign.Read More"It just wasn't our day today, we just couldn't get our game going," Jones told BBC Sport after the defeat. "I take full responsibility for the loss."

Irish advantage

Ireland led 10-3 at halftime against a lackluster visitor, which appeared nervous and below-par in a fiercely partisan atmosphere.An early exchange of penalties from Jonathan Sexton and Owen Farrell was followed by an Irish try as lock Iain Henderson stretched out to touch over after a forward drive near the line. Photos: England comfortably beat Scotland to equal New Zealand's record of 18 consecutive Test wins. Photos: England comfortably beat Scotland to equal New Zealand's record of 18 consecutive Test wins.The form book suggested Saturday's Six Nations match was always going to be tough for Scotland against England -- their last victory at Twickenham came in 1983.Hide Caption 1 of 15 Photos: England comfortably beat Scotland to equal New Zealand's record of 18 consecutive Test wins.And so it proved ... Jonathan Joseph scoring three tries in an impressive England performance.Hide Caption 2 of 15 Photos: England comfortably beat Scotland to equal New Zealand's record of 18 consecutive Test wins.Joseph's first try came soon after Fraser Brown was shown a yellow card. With Scotland down to 14 men, Joseph powered his way through the visitors' defense.Hide Caption 3 of 15 Photos: England comfortably beat Scotland to equal New Zealand's record of 18 consecutive Test wins.Owen Farrell had been in a doubt for England after suffering a dead leg in training ahead of the Scotland game. His left leg might have been heavily strapped, but his kicking was unimpeded and Farrell rattled over four penalties and seven conversions.Hide Caption 4 of 15 Photos: England comfortably beat Scotland to equal New Zealand's record of 18 consecutive Test wins.Nothing was going right for Scotland. Mark Bennett is pictured leaving the pitch injured.Hide Caption 5 of 15 Photos: England comfortably beat Scotland to equal New Zealand's record of 18 consecutive Test wins.At last Gordon Reid gave Scotland cause for celebration after going over for a try.Hide Caption 6 of 15 Photos: England comfortably beat Scotland to equal New Zealand's record of 18 consecutive Test wins.But there was no stopping England and Anthony Watson dived over the line for their third try.Hide Caption 7 of 15 Photos: England comfortably beat Scotland to equal New Zealand's record of 18 consecutive Test wins.Prince Harry and Princess Anne were at Twickenham to watch the Six Nations match.Hide Caption 8 of 15 Photos: England comfortably beat Scotland to equal New Zealand's record of 18 consecutive Test wins.A fan dresses up as Donald Trump at Twickenham.Hide Caption 9 of 15 Photos: England comfortably beat Scotland to equal New Zealand's record of 18 consecutive Test wins.England ran in seven tries, with Billy Vunipola scoring the fifth.Hide Caption 10 of 15 Photos: England comfortably beat Scotland to equal New Zealand's record of 18 consecutive Test wins.Scotland kept at it and Huw Jones scored two second half tries.Hide Caption 11 of 15 Photos: England comfortably beat Scotland to equal New Zealand's record of 18 consecutive Test wins.But there was no stopping England. Danny Care added two late tries as England won 61-21 to secure back-to-back Six Nations titles and equal the All Blacks' record of 18 successive Test wins.Hide Caption 12 of 15 Photos: England comfortably beat Scotland to equal New Zealand's record of 18 consecutive Test wins.England's win ensured Eddie Jones' side secured the Calcutta Cup (left) and Triple Crown trophies. The Calcutta Cup match between England and Scotland was first contested in 1897 in Edinburgh.Hide Caption 13 of 15 Photos: England comfortably beat Scotland to equal New Zealand's record of 18 consecutive Test wins.Since taking charge of England in November 2015, Eddie Jones has masterminded a remarkable reversal in England's fortunes after the team suffered a dismal World Cup.Hide Caption 14 of 15 Photos: England comfortably beat Scotland to equal New Zealand's record of 18 consecutive Test wins.Donnacha Ryan of Ireland celebrates his team's historic 40-29 victory over the All Blacks at Soldier Field, which ended New Zealand's winning streak in November 2015.Hide Caption 15 of 15Sexton kicked the conversion and an upset looked firmly on the cards at halftime.England hit back after the interval when Farrell converted a long-range penalty to take his tally of international points to 600, making the 25-year-old just the 26th player to reach the landmark.Owen Farrell went past 600 points for England but ended up on the losing side.Sexton kicked another penalty of his own before Farrell slotted over his third penalty to narrow the gap to just four points.But in driving rain, England's attempts of a further score were thwarted and Ireland held out to complete a memorable victory after earlier disappointments in the Six Nations this season.Ireland claimed second place on points difference above France and Scotland, with all three teams having three wins and two defeats."The bit of pride we can take is that the three teams that sit above us in the world rankings we have beaten in the last six months," Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said, referring to No. 1 New Zealand, England and Australia.England lifted the trophy after four previous wins, but it was a bittersweet celebration, with hopes of a 26th Triple Crown ended and its winning run in the Northern Hemisphere tournament halted at 11.Captain Dylan Hartley lifts the Six Nations trophy for England after Saturday's defeat.

French joy in overtime

In the other matches on the final day of the Six Nations, there was a dramatic 20-18 win for France over Wales in Paris as Camille Lopez converted Camille Chat's try after no less than 20 minutes of stoppage time.Wales looked set to finish its campaign with a second straight win after its victory over Ireland last weekend, leading 18-13 going into the added time after six penalties from Leigh Halfpenny.READ: Italy tactic sparks England angerVisit cnn.com/rugby for more news and videosBut France kept up the pressure and Chat eventually went over from close range before Lopez made the winning kick.Earlier, Scotland thrashed bottom side Italy 29-0 at Murrayfield in coach Vern Cotter's final game in charge.