England's championship hopes for the 1979 Rugby International series were dashed at landsdown Road, Dublin on Saturday (17 February).
GV AND SV: Ireland preparing to throw in; throw-in and play moves up field. (4 shots)
GV: Ward down injured as Irish score first (3 shots)
GV: Ireland preparing to throw in; they gain possession and Ward scores from drop-kick. (5 shots)
GV AND SV: Ireland throw in, English gain possession, and England score, try by Neil Bennet. (9 shots)
MacLAREN: "Now then, here we have Willy Duggan at number three in the line, Moskin at four, and Michael gets in seconds from the end. Lawson again, brilliantly (indistinct) through goes McLoughlin, laid back, the pick-up by the big man from Ballymena, Harry Steel. Patterson, Ward, knocked over by Tony Neary. (indistinct) now the breakaway from Freddy McLennan, it's going to be an opportunity to strike for McLennan. Nobody can stop him. Ireland ahead, Now watch Michael Gibson here, the big fellow at the back. He fiddles about he leaps (indistinct) a merry dance. And England, England have been studying Finn, but there goes Gibson, but John Scott was there. Gibson's got it, Ward with a drop goal attempt, walks it over, it's there. So they are just inside Irish territory. (indistinct) stand there backed with the thousands ready to cheer an Irish victory. Patterson, Ward tackled by Neary. Bill Beaumont down there on hands and knees, number four had he's got it. Good for hi, this is Kingston, out to Sleman goes round Kennedy, half caught by Whelan, back there goes Steel, inside his won twenty-two, oh in awful trouble is Lennan, almost through, and it's a try for Bennett. neil Bennett has scored for England, completely out of the blue. A chapter of Irish error."
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Background: England's championship hopes for the 1979 Rugby International series were dashed at landsdown Road, Dublin on Saturday (17 February). England looked shaky opposite the Irish fifteen, who won the match by twelve point to seven. Irish Television's Bill MacLaren reports.