By Simon Mills For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 20:58 GMT, 2 February 2019 | Updated: 23:00 GMT, 2 February 2019
England's back three stood up to the aerial barrage unleashed against them with courage and aplomb as they overwhelmed Ireland.
No-one is in any doubt of Elliot Daly's attacking gifts and he played a key first-half role with a cool assist for Jonny May's try and in setting up and then scoring England's second after Jack Nowell harassed Jacob Stockdale into an error.
His full-back rival Mike Brown had been touted as the right horse for this Dublin course; an experienced organiser and recognised as peerless under the high ball.
Elliot Daly was excellent at full-back for England as they won 32-20 in Ireland
The full-back scored England's second try of the evening with this score at the Aviva Stadium
Ireland, remember, reached for the sky 36 times in last year's win at Twickenham and confounded accepted rugby logic by doing the same when they kept New Zealand tryless last November.
They were defending an unbeaten Six Nations home run stretching back six years and 15 games to the last time England were triumphant here.
Yet apart from one second-half spill, Daly was much more convincing under pressure in defence and his two wings were simply