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England crush Ireland to finish second in Six Nations

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Julian Guyer

ENGLAND 30 IRELAND 9

England halfback Ben Youngs on his way to scoring a try.

England halfback Ben Youngs on his way to scoring a try. Photo: AFP

LONDON: England finished second in the Six Nations and boosted the chances of interim coach Stuart Lancaster becoming their permanent boss with a convincing 30-9 victory over Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday.

A youthful pack overpowered Ireland up front and that dominance was reflected when England scored a penalty try from a scrum heading into the final quarter.

Then, seven minutes from time, replacement scrum-half Ben Youngs sealed England's win -- only their second in nine Six Nations matches against Ireland -- with a sniping try as England 'won' the second half 21-3.