Ireland came to Twickenham with two wins from their opening two Six Nations matches, and with vastly more experience of international rugby – Brian O’Driscoll on his own had more caps than the entire England back line – and when they took a 10-3 lead early in the second half things looked ominous for the hosts.
But England fought back, Danny Care scoring a try and Owen Farrell kicking eight points. And once they had the lead Lawes and his team mates put in a superb defensive performance to secure a win that had the Twickenham crowd in rapturous mood come the final whistle.
Lawes was one of four Saints to see action in the game, with Dylan Hartley, Tom Wood and Luther Burrell all receiving good reports for their performances.
“They came with the intent to play rugby,” Lawes told the RFU podcast. “It made for a great game, with both sides on a par in defence and attack. It was only a couple of cracks in each defence which led to tries, so it was a good day for us to get the win.
“It was a brilliant learning curve for us after the France win and a great performance. We’ve got such a young team, especially in the pack, and we’ve got so much experience still to gain.
“Yet we’ve learned so much from what Stuart Lancaster’s done, bringing us all in early, and we’re only going to grow into our roles to become a better team and better players.”
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