England Women seal first Six Nations Grand Slam since 2012 after beating Ireland in Dublin

Vaishali Bhardwaj
Try | Amy Wilson Hardy scores the opening try for England in Dublin: Getty Images

England Women secured their first Six Nations Grand Slam in five years after defeating Ireland 34-7 in Dublin on Friday night.

Just hours after the England Under-20s side won their first Grand Slam since 2011 with victory over Ireland at Donnybrook, the women's side followed suit in hardfought fashion.

Both England and Ireland came into their clash unbeaten this campaign, with the game in Dublin being only the second head-to-head Grand Slam finale in the women’s competition.

And, after 16 minutes, it was the visitors who took the lead when Amy Wilson Hardy scored a try which handed England a 5-0 lead at the break.

Despite Ireland's best attempts at keeping the visitors at bay, England then got the breakthrough in the 54th minute through sub Laura Keates, who scored on her 60th international appearance though the subsequent conversion was missed.

Still, with a 10-0 lead England were firmly in control and moved further ahead when Emily Scarratt hit a penalty to make it 13-0 as Ireland's Mairead Coyne was sent to the sin bin.

Another try was to follow for the visitors through Amy Cokayne before Scarratt converted, but Ireland responded by scoring a try through Leah Lyons and converting soon after.

But Scarratt wasn't done yet, as she scored England's fourth try which was closely followed by a fine solo effort from Lydia Thompson and a conversion from Scarratt - who was deservedly named as Player of the Match following the 34-7 win.

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