Ireland have ended England’s 18-match unbeaten run and Grand Slam hopes with a 13-9 victory in the RBS 6 Nations at the Aviva Stadium.
No amount of world records or consecutive wins could have prepared England for this visceral Irish onslaught as raw emotion ruined the visitors’ Grand Slam party in Dublin for the third time since the turn of the century.
England fans felt gutted, but many took comfort in the fact their team still ended the tournament on top:
— Hattie (@h_a_t_t_y_x) March 18, 2017
Bloody Irish… can always count on them to ruin the party and save their best performance for England. Absolutely gutted
— Ashley Stevenson (@stevenson_ash) March 18, 2017
Absolutely gutted for England😭😭😭😭😭
— lauren roberts† (@laurenmarielisa) March 18, 2017
Gutted but England needed that. Defeat will makes us stronger for sure as we build towards next World Cup.
— Nick Turner (@nickturner1883) March 18, 2017
Meanwhile, the party has already started for the Irish fans:
— Barra Best (@barrabest) March 18, 2017
Well done Ireland 🇮🇪🍀
— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) March 18, 2017
SAINT PATRICK IS DANCING WITH THE SNAKES BABY #IrevEng
— Angela Scanlon (@angelascanlon) March 18, 2017
— Mark Kelly (@SparksK21) March 18, 2017
YES IRELAND!!!! I'm going to drink cocktails, dance badly and eat cheese fries at 2am in your honour. I'm selfless like that.
— Amy Huberman (@amyhuberman) March 18, 2017
— Ivanhoe Hotel (@TheIvanhoeHotel) March 18, 2017
— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) March 18, 2017
And from the way Ireland played, we think they deserve it.