England Women 27-0 Ireland: Red Roses romp to Six Nations win
England vs Ireland Women
Guinness Women’s Six Nations
12:45pm Sunday February
Tries from Sarah Hunter, Abby Dow, Jess Breach, Vicky Fleetwood and Sarah McKenna watched the Red Roses to a dominant 27-0 victory over Ireland.
The win maintains Simon Middleton’s side on track for a second successive Grand Slam effort.
The Red Roses next host Wales Women on Saturday March 7, before travelling to play with Italy at the Stadio Plebiscito on March 15.
England followed up impressive victories for this five-try win over Ireland over France and Scotland, who themselves had been unbeaten in the championship.
It was a 19th consecutive win on home soil for Middleton’s side, with the victory coming in front of 5,000 fans at a sold out Castle Park.
The rout began as soon as the third minute, captain Hunter moving before a break in play off the back of a scrum because of an accident to Irish forward Lindsay Peat.
The Red Roses were soon over again once the match declared as Dow crossed in the corner in three games.
A third attempt came in signature style, Fleetwood dotting off the back of a driving maul and the bonus-point was sealed until half time, with Breach on the left wing to cross to get a 22nd Test attempt for her country since England led 22-0 at the break.
Dow had a second disallowed for an forward pass but soon after England were over as McKenna darted through over the hour.
For their credit Ireland’s defence was resolute in a second half, which found just 1 try, although detysha Harper came on for her Crimson Roses debut.