England stay on track for 6N title by ending Ireland's reign

England's Anthony Watson, center, is tackled during the Six Nations international rugby match between England and Ireland at Twickenham stadium in London, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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LONDON (AP) England remained unbeaten and on course to a first Six Nations rugby title in five years by ending the reign of a feisty Ireland 21-10 at Twickenham on Saturday.

The only team with three wins from three rounds, England will host a Wales side that's also unbeaten but with a draw, in two weeks in a likely championship decider.

Ireland, the champion for the last two years but winless this year, overcame a first-half battering to score the first try and lead while England flanker James Haskell was in the sin-bin.

But returned to full strength, England impressively regathered its focus, turned the heat back on Ireland, and scored two tries in five minutes to put enough breathing space in the scoreline going into the last intense quarter.