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England end Ireland's Six Nations triple crown bid

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ENGLAND 13 IRELAND 10

Care flight: England's Danny Care dives in to score the decisive try against Ireland.

Care flight: England's Danny Care dives in to score the decisive try against Ireland. Photo: Andrew Matthews

A second-half Danny Care try helped England to a 13-10 victory over Ireland in a thrilling encounter at Twickenham Saturday to keep their Six Nations rugby championship hopes very much alive.

Duncan Weir was the hero for Scotland in the day's other match as his last-gasp drop goal gave his side their first victory of the campaign, 21-20 against Italy in Rome.

England should have had a try as early as the sixth minute but Jonny May had the ball ripped from his hands by Conor Murray when poised to score. However the home side still went in ahead at the break thanks to an Owen Farrell penalty.

England's Jack Nowell (L) evades a tackle from Ireland's Jonathan Sexton during their Six Nations Championship rugby union match at Twickenham in London February 22, 2014.   REUTERS/Eddie Keogh  (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT RUGBY) Click for more photos

Six Nations rugby photos: England v Ireland

Six Nations rugby photos: England v Ireland Photo: EDDIE KEOGH

  • England's Jack Nowell (L) evades a tackle from Ireland's Jonathan Sexton during their Six Nations Championship rugby union match at Twickenham in London February 22, 2014.   REUTERS/Eddie Keogh  (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)
  • England's Danny Care dives in to score a try against Ireland during the Rugby Union International 6 Nations match at Twickenham Stadium, London.  Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Andrew Matthews) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
  • LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22:  England scrum half Danny Care scores the first England try during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
  • LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22:  England scrum half  Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Billy Twelvetrees (r) and Luther Burrell (2nd right) during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
  • LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22:  England scrum half  Danny Care celebrates after scoring the first England try with Billy Twelvetrees (l) and Luther Burrell during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
  • Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll reacts after being defeated by England in their Six Nations Championship rugby union match at Twickenham in London February 22, 2014.   REUTERS/Eddie Keogh  (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)
  • Ireland's Rob Kearney (left) celebrates scoring a try with teammate Jonathan Sexton (right)  during the Six Nations Rugby Union International match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, in west London, Saturday Feb. 22, 2014.  (AP Photo / Jonathan Brady /PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
  • Ireland's Peter O'Mahony claims the ball from a lineout during the Six Nations rugby match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, in west London, Saturday Feb. 22, 2014.  (AP Photo / Andrew Matthews/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
  • LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22:  Ireland centre Brian O' Driscoll makes a break during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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