Stuart Lancaster praises maturing England

Lancaster praises maturing England
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England coach Stuart Lancaster believes that his side showed maturity beyond their years to secure their first victory over Ireland in Dublin for 12 years.

England coach Stuart Lancaster has declared that he was delighted with his side's efficient performance in Sunday's 12-6 win over Ireland in Dublin.

Owen Farrell kicked England to a battling victory at the Aviva Stadium that kept alive their chances of claiming a Grand Slam.

Lancaster believes that his team showed maturity beyond their years to beat Ireland in their own backyard under difficult conditions after James Haskell was sinbinned late in the second half.

He told reporters: "I am delighted to get the win here today. When you have the conditions as they were it was going to be a tight game and down to small margins.

"To come here with a young side and show that kind of maturity to close the game out was hugely pleasing. It is a very difficult to play rugby against experienced players when we have lads on single figures in terms of caps, it is great testament to their maturity.

"As a test of character it was right up there because of the quality of the Ireland side and the ability to get the win."

England are now the only side still in with a chance of claiming a Grand Slam ahead of their next Six Nations match against France at Twickenham on Saturday, February 23.

England's Owen Farrell kicks a penalty against Ireland in their Six Nations match on February 10, 2013
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