Ireland 26-11 England rugby LIVE SCORE: Aki given RED CARD as Irish lead in Six Nations

IRELAND are on course for a big win over England to conclude their Six Nations campaign.

Keith Earls and Jack Conan have crossed the line in an impressive first half which saw the Irish grind their opponents down.

But Bundee Aki has been sent off giving England hope.

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    RED CARD

    BUNDEE AKI HAS BEEN SENT OFF!

    A FLAWLESS IRISH PERFORMANCE IS NOW IN SERIOUS JEOPARDY.

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    IRELAND 26-6 ENGLAND

    63. Bundee Aki could be in trouble here.

    The TMO is looking at whether he led with the shoulder when tackling Billy Vunipola.

    It's going to be a red card.

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    SEXTON POPS THAT ONE HOME

    Have England given up or are they hard done by.

    Either way, any chance of a comeback is disappearing faster than hopes of a European holiday this summer.

    IRELAND 26-6 England

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    IRELAND 23-6 ENGLAND

    59. Oh wow. DOMINANT scrummaging from Ireland.

    They turn the scrum clockwise and the referee has no choice but to award the Irish the penalty.

    England have been totally hoodwinked there and now Sexton has the chance for three points dead centre on the 22.

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    IRELAND 23-6 ENGLAND

    58. It's the old clock burner.

    Scrum after scrum. How often does this happen when a team is winning.

    Answer: Always!

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    IRELAND 23-6 ENGLAND

    56. So England have no recognised fly half.

    Dan Robson is on and the back-up scrum half is playing makeshift No10 by the looks of it.

    Ben Youngs is still on and has the put-in at a scrum.

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    IRELAND 23-6 ENGLAND

    55. Owen Farrell is being looked at for a HIA here.

    He goes into a tackle and his head bangs off Rob Herring's shoulder.

    He has a stern word as he is forced to leave the field.

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    IRELAND 23-6 ENGLAND

    53. England have their hands on the ball now for the first time with any meaning this half.

    Marchant and Itoje have some carries. May has it and is smothered.

    And Ireland turn it over, Van der Flier does brilliantly, ripping the ball off Billy Vunipola.

    Murray's box kick can take the pressure off briefly.

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    IRELAND 23-6 ENGLAND

    51. Ireland have the put-in at a scrum.

    Sexton gets the ball and sends another ball down Elliot Daly's throat, but the full-back can't run it into any meaninful territory.

    Sexton is basically playing England at their own game.

    In fairness to Daly he does well to avoid Henshaw and Aki, who are breathing down his neck.

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    SEXTON NAILS ANOTHER ONE

    IRELAND 23-6 England

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    IRELAND 20-6 IRELAND

    That's a pity, it would have beena fabulous try from Ireland.

    It looks like as Henderson passes the ball back over his head, it hits Cian Healy and then hits Henderson again.

    That is a knock on, but Ireland had the advantage, so Sexton can slot over three points.

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    TMO IS LOOKING AT IT

    Henderson has clearly knocked the ball forward in the build-up to the try.

    This is being ruled out.

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    TTTRRRRRRYYYY FOR IRELAND

    IT'S EARLS AGAIN!

    SEXTON'S CROSS-FIELD KICK FINDS ENGLAND SHORT ON THE IRISH RIGHT AND EARLS TOUCHES DOWN SPECTACULARLY.

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    IRELAND 20-6 ENGLAND

    48. Ireland win the line-out.

    AND HENDERSON HAS A BREAK!

    But Youngs ankle taps him and he is stopped.

     

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    IRELAND 20-6 ENGLAND

    47. Tadgh Beirne, brilliant.

    England have momentum and are carrying into contact down the middle.

    The Irish lock clamps down Charlie Ewels and his jackal forces the ref to blow is whistle.

    Ireland hoof that into the English half for a line-out.

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    IRELAND 20-6 ENGLAND

    46. Ford kicks it into the Ireland 22 and Keenan is under it and calls 'mark'.

    Ireland clear again for an England line-out.

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    IRELAND 20-6 ENGLAND

    44. England swindle that line-out and Farrell kicks deep, before Keenan kicks it back.

    Ellis Genge has a carry on half-way.

    England box kick it again… and back we go with more kick tennis.

    Daly hoofs it for a line-out in the corner and Ireland make neat work of that. Stander runs it into contact.

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    IRELAND 20-6 ENGLAND

    43. Ireland relieve the pressure and Billy Vunipola is penalised again.

    He doesn't use the arms in a tackle on CJ Stander.

    Sexton kicks to the English 22 line on Ireland's right.

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    IRELAND 20-6 ENGLAND

    41.Brilliant from Elliot Daly, who nails Keith Earls after the Ireland winger catches a high ball.

    England kick to the corner and have the line-out…

    But are penalised straight away for crossing as they go for the maul.

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    IRELAND 20-6 ENGLAND

    40. Mako Vunipola is off for England, Ellis Genge is on.

    Can imagine there were some choice words at half time.

    Same applies to Luke Cowan-Dickie, who is off for Jamie George.

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    HERE WE GO

    England have the ball from an Ireland kick-off.

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    POSSESSIVE

    Here is how the possession and territory stats break down in that first 40.

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    NOT SO STEADY EDDIE

    This sums it up from SunSport's Jonny Fordham.

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    HALF TIME ANALYSIS

    England have a LOT of work to do in Dublin.

    The game is not over yet, but they have been penetrated when on the back-foot.

    Again, penalty count is shooting the English in the foot.

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    HT: IRELAND 20-6 ENGLAND

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