By Jonathan Davies

Six Nations - the year of rugby in 2015

Ireland remain on course for the Grand Slam after beating England 19-9 in Dublin.

A second-half try from Robbie Henshaw and the reliable boot of Jonathan Sexton was more than enough to silence England's hopes of a pre-World Cup Grand Slam.

Misfiring England could only manage two penalties and a drop-goal, all courtesy of George Ford.

Despite a late rally, Ireland never looked out of control as they secured their record equaling 10th straight win in Test match rugby.

Despite Ireland's dominance, they went into the break just six points ahead at 9-3. Sexton put the hosts a further three points ahead shortly after the break, and the gap was extended further when Connor Murray's clever box kick was claimed by Henshaw ahead of the backpedalling Alex Goode.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said: "We rely on Jonny Sexton and Conor Murray a lot - they move us about the pitch in the right manner and it's hard to quantify what they add to the team."

"England have set the benchmark, particularly in their opening game against Wales, and we knew that despite having a six-point half-time lead, they were going to come back at us," he added.

"But we managed to dig deep and keep them off our line. I have a great bunch of players and I'm learning as much from them as they are hopefully learning from me."

Ireland's hopes of winning their second Grand Slam in six years will face a tough test against Wales in Cardiff in two weeks. Wales' fourth straight win over France in Paris on Saturday means a win against Ireland would give them real hope of reclaiming the championship.