Sunday 25 February 2018

Powerful England crush Irish World Cup dreams

Ireland 7 England 40

Ireland's hopes of a World Cup Final appearances were ruthlessly dashed by a formidable England side in Paris today.

While the size of the task at hand was never underestimated, England's power up fron and pace out wide was simply too much for Phillip Doyle's brave side.

While the Irish heroines weathered the early storm to take the early lead, those seven points was as good as it got as England hit back with 40 unanswered points to book their place in a fourth successive final.

English centre Emily Scarratt inspired England to victory with precision place-kicking and an all-round combative performance, but it was the collective which caught the eye even though it was Ireland who drew first blood through a try by Tania Rosser.

England, who won the competition 20 years ago and came agonisingly close to beating eventual champions New Zealand in the 2010 final, will play hosts France or Canada in Sunday's final.

Les Bleues line up against the Canadians later on Wednesday in the second semi-final at the Stade Jean Bouin in west Paris, where the final will also be played.

Ireland couldn't build on their surprise win over favourites and holders New Zealand last week turned the tournament on its head and helped ensure that all the southern hemisphere teams missed out on the semis - will play France or Canada for third place on Saturday.

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