Three things we learned from Ireland's win over England

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Ireland rounded off their 2021 Six Nations campaign with a commanding 32-18 win over England in Dublin on Saturday.

Victory ended a run of four straight defeats by England for an Ireland side coached by Andy Farrell, the father of England captain Owen, with not even a late red card for centre Bundee Aki spoiling the hosts' day.

The result saw Ireland end the Six Nations in credit with three wins and two defeats.

But a third loss in five matches meant England had been beaten in the Championship by all of Scotland, Wales and Ireland for the first time since 1976, with coach Eddie Jones now facing some awkward questions.

Murray and Sexton show their worth

A recurring theme of this tournament has been the need for Ireland to develop their half-back options in case veteran pair Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton don't make it to the 2023 World Cup in France or are injured during that event.

There have even been suggestions the duo are not the force they once were.

But the way they directed operations at Lansdowne Road suggested they still have plenty to offer at Test level.

Irish forwards smiling

Recent Anglo-Irish encounters have seen a powerful England pack dominating up front, in both the set-piece and the loose.

But roles were reversed on Saturday and the way Ireland prop Tadhg Furlong celebrated the award of a second-half scrum penalty as if the match had been won, spoke volumes about the home pack's commanding display.

Tough day for Daly

England had hoped this would be the match where Elliot Daly started in what Jones said was his "preferred position" of outside centre.

But he found himself back at full-back after Max Malins withdrew with a leg injury announced shortly before kick-off.

Daly's first involvement in the match saw him kick the ball out on the full and he was then outjumped by opposing full-back Hugo Keenan in the build-up to a try by Ireland's Jack Conan.

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