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But England’s dominance eventually shone through and tries from Maro Itoje, Howard Packman, Nick Tompkins and Joel Conlon secured the win while Billy Burns added 13 points with the boot.
After an early Burns penalty, England had their first try – lock Itoje pounced on a loose ball just past the Irish try-line for his third try in as many games.
Burns added the extras – and two more penalties – to make it 16-3 after 25 minutes, Ross Byrne with Ireland’s penalty.
Byrne added two more penalties soon after which brought the visitors to within seven of England, which is how it stayed until the break.
The hosts started the second half as they did they first, and had their second try after 46 minutes.
Wing Packman was on the end of a smart pop pass from Nathan Earle and the Saints man showed good pace and footwork to dive over in front of his own fans.
After a spell of Irish pressure England had their third try through Tompkins. A quick burst from debutant Henry Taylor created space for Burns to grubber through and the Saracens centre touched down.
With England in the ascendency they continued to make their pressure tell, and after a spell camped in the Irish 22, flanker Conlon eventually touched down from the back of the scrum to make it 33-9.
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