England Women defeat Ireland 27-0 at Castle Park

Sarah Hunter scored the opening try for England
Sarah Hunter scored the opening try for England
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England 27 - 0 Ireland, Castle Park

England kept their hopes of Grand Slam alive as they nilled Ireland 27-0 in the Women's Six Nations competition at Castle Park.

This is England's third win from as many games as they consolidate the top position in the table with 14 points while Ireland are at third place with nine points.

It took England just three minutes to get their first points on the board with skipper Sarah Hunter scoring the opening try that was improved by Emily Scarratt. Ireland were awarded a penalty after Vicky Fleetwood was penalised for offiside but the visitors fail to find the touch.

The red rose increased their lead further when a combination of Hunter and Lark Davies sent Abigail Dow over the line but Scarratt missed the conversion.It was a matter of time before England scored the third try with this time Jess Breach dotting down and at the stroke of half-time Vicky Fleetwood touched down at the back of a driving maul as the hosts finished the first half with an impressive 22-0 lead.

England were denied their fifth try when Dow went over the line but replays showed Scarratt had a forward pass in the build up. However, it was a matter of time before they got another try with Sarah McKenna got her name in the scoring sheet after Daly-McLean breached Ireland defence but Scarratt conversion went wide as England sealed a 27-0 win.

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