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England Pre-Match Request Backfires Spectacularly To Allow Stockdale Try

England Pre-Match Request Backfires Spectacularly To Allow Stockdale Try

Ireland's quest from a Grand Slam went exactly to plan in the first half as they went in at half-time with a 21-5 lead over England thanks to a late Jacob Stockdale try.

Stockdale's break out wide and chip over the top saw him race past Mike Brown to kick the ball on once again. Just before the ball went dead, Stockdale touched down and secured a crucial third try for Joe Schmidt's side.

However, it seems some thanks must go to the English themselves for the try. The ITV Sport commentary team revealed that the English themselves have requested the dead-ball line be extended. It was something they were quick to point out.

If he has scored, England's decision to deepen the in-goal area has just backfired. Under the original line, that would have been out.

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