Match Centre: Women's Six Nations: England 88-10 Ireland

Abby Dow scored a hat-trick for England
Abby Dow scored a hat-trick for England
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England 88-10 Ireland, Twickenham Stadium

Abby Dow and Ellie Kildunne scored hat-tricks as England kept their hopes of a Grand Slam alive as they thrashed Ireland 88-10 in the Women's Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday.

This is the fourth win for England in as many games as they now have 20 points consolidating their place at the top while Ireland are in fifth place after losing their third game.

This was also England's biggest win over Ireland surpassing their 79-0 victory that came in 2002. They will be facing France in the final game next Saturday.

The Red Roses made a fast start as Dow touched down in the sixth minute after quick hands from Lark Atkin-Davies. Holly Aitchison missed the conversion but made amends shortly as Natasha Hunt spotted a gap in Ireland's defence to go over the line as England raced to a 12-0 lead.

England continued to be relentless in their attack as Megan Jones found the space at the back of a driving maul to crossover and Zoe Aldcroft followed suit in the 19th minute to claim the bonus point as the home side raced to a 26-0 lead before Dannah O'Brien opened Ireland's account in the 23rd minute with a penalty.

There was no respite whatsoever for Ireland as Ellie Kildunne scored her seventh try of the competition after a scrum penalty and shortly after, Dow was stopped just before the line. Nevertheless, it was a matter of time before she claimed her second try as Tatyana Heard, Jones and Kildunne combined to send her over the line on the stroke of half-time.

England continued to attack in the second half with tries from Jess Breach and Sadia Kabeya taking their tally to 50 points before Lucy Packer was sin-binned in the 55th minute for collapsing an Ireland maul that also resulted in a penalty try for the visitors making it 50-10.

Despite being a player down, England refused to slow down as Jones pierced the Ireland defence for her second try and in the 63rd minute, Kildunne sent an inside pass for Dow to complete her hat-trick making it 64-10.

With 12 minutes left in the game, Kildunne sprinted from the halfway line to dot down. With Ireland hardly making a response, Breach, Kildunne and Maddie Feaunati scored tries in the final 10 minutes as John Mitchell's side romped to victory.

Team line up:

England: Kildunne; Dow, Jones, Heard, Breach; Aitchison, Hunt; Botterman, Atkin-Davies, Muir, Talling, Aldcroft, Kabeya, Packer (capt), Matthews.

Reserves: Powell, Carson, Clifford, Hanlon, Feaunati, L Packer, Scarratt, Gregson.

Ireland: Delany; Corrigan, Higgins, Dalton, Parsons; O'Brien, Reilly; Djougang, Jones, Haney; Wall, O'Connor, Wafer, McMahon, Hogan.

Reserves: Moloney, O'Dowd, McGrath, Tuite, Ikahihifo, Scuffil-McCabe, Breen, Deely.