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Sunday 17 December 2017

It's snow joke for the auld enemy as red-hot Robbie sends England packing

THEY might be the Auld Enemy - but you'd never have guessed it from the spirit in the stands or the mood on the streets ahead of the big Six Nations face-off.

Even though snow drifted thickly down on fans flocking to the Aviva stadium, there was nothing but a warm glow between the home side and the English visitors.

Until the throw in, anyway.

After a ten point win and the smell of a Grand Slam in the air, we were even more generous and welcoming.

It was Ireland's game from the offing and England's notoriously strong defence could do nothing but crumble in the face of Johnny Sexton, Robbie Henshaw and the rest of Joe Schmidt's rock solid squad.

TICKET

Rosanna Davison, Grainne and Sile Seoige, Michael Flatley and Leo Varadkar were amongst the hoards with a golden ticket.

Rugby-mad Emma (13) and Andrew (10) Thorne from Ballsbridge had painted their faces hulk green for the occasion.

Some glum fans who were not so lucky were still hanging around before the game began in the hope of getting their hands on a seat.

But one ticketless English fan, Tommy Prior from Sussex, claimed he had been asked for €1,000 for a single ticket.

Someone else offered him a ticket for €250.

"I don't know what the face value was - we didn't get that far," he said, adding that he was off to the pub to watch it instead.

Sisters Cathy and Tara Buckley were glam in a green feather boa, with Cathy wearing an embroidered green Ireland rugby cap that her father first wore to a Bectives rugby game in 1947.

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