Magnificent May helps England fly past Ireland

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The clinical May finished superbly to open the scoring and had a first-half double when he sprinted from deep inside his own half to score a sensational try four minutes later. 

Wing May moved level with Ben Cohen and Will Greenwood on 31 tries for England, a tally only Rory Underwood has bettered, as the Six Nations champion secured a fourth win in a row against Ireland.

Jacob Stockdale got Ireland on the board with a late try but it was frustrated by a defensive masterclass from Eddie Jones' side.

Owen Farrell scored eight points from the tee and laid on May's first try as England put itself on course to win the group ahead of a clash with Wales next weekend.

May rose to brilliantly take a high cross-field kick from Farrell before spinning and planting the ball down to put England in front 16 minutes after the forwards applied huge pressure on Ireland.

Lethal flyer May then punished Ireland for a poor lineout by showing searing pace and great footwork to score a magnificent try that he created for himself from inside him own 22, with Farrell adding the extras.

Ireland continued to struggle at the set-piece and although they prevented England from increasing its lead before the break, but two Farrell penalties stretched the advantage to 18 points.

England defended for its life and looked set to nil Andy Farrell's side until Stockdale surged through to take his own clever kick over the top and score a try, which Billy Burns converted, seven minutes from time but it was too little, too late.