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England cruise but quiet second half concerns coach in Women’s Six Nations clash against Ireland

England 27-0 Ireland

ENGLAND maintained their perfect start to the Women’s Six Nations with a 27-0 win over Ireland at a blustery Doncaster.

The hosts took control from the off, with number eight Sarah Hunter touching down after a five-metre scrum and wingers Abby Dow (pictured) and Jess Breach crossing in quick succession and an Emily Scarratt conversion making it 17-0 after 27 minutes.Flanker Vicky Fleetwood scored to clinch the bonus point before the break.

However, England had to wait until 18 minutes into the second half to cross for a fifth time when full-back Sarah McKenna touched down with Scarratt once again unable to add the two points in difficult conditions.

England coach Simon Middleton said: ‘From a tactical point of view, it was a very disappointing second half, but it’s a great win for us. I’m scratching my head a little bit about the second-half because it’s probably the worse we’ve been in attack for quite a long time.

Skipper Hunter said: ‘We need to see where we need to sharpen up a bit.’