England Women clinch Grand Slam with 34-7 win over Ireland

Amy Wilson Hardy, centre, celebrates her try
Amy Wilson Hardy, centre, celebrates her try

Ireland Women 7-34 England Women, Donnybrook

England Women came up with a dominating second half performance as they sealed a 7-34 win over Ireland in the final encounter of the Women's Six Nations championship in Dublin to clinch a Grand Slam title.

The first half was competed hard by both the teams and Emily Scarratt missed a chance to open England's account in the first quarter with an unsuccessful penalty kick.

However, she made amends for it, by offloading one to Amy Wilson-Hardy, who went past the line minutes later to score the first try in the game as England went into half-time with a lead of 0-5.

Replacement Laura Keates extended England's advantage when she crossed over at the start of the second half. Just when Scarratt was looking dangerous to increase England's lead further, her pass was deliberately knocked on by Ireland's Mairead Coyne resulting in a sin-bin. Scarratt kicked her first penalty to take England to 0-13.

England soon made the gap to 20 points when Amy Cokayne strolled past the post for visitors. Ireland made a brief comeback in the game when Leah Lyons opened their account with a touchdown followed by a conversion from Nora Stapleton.

However, England ensure there was no comeback from the hosts as Scarratt and and replacement Lydia Thompson added two more tries to seal a 7-34 win.