England returned to the top of the TikTok Women’s Six Nations standings after sealing a deserved 69-0 victory over Ireland on Sunday.
As the scoreline suggests, this was a one-sided affair as Simon Middleton’s troops delivered a superb all-round performance in front of a record crowd of 15,836 at Welford Road and they eventually crossed for 11 tries.
Lark Davies, Lydia Thompson, Poppy Cleall and Ellie Kildunne led the way with a brace of tries apiece while Sarah Bern, Marlie Packer and Hannah Botterman also dotted down for England.
It was a special day for Emily Scarratt as she finished with a 10-point haul after her team-mates gave her a guard of honour as she took to the field for her 100th England appearance.
England scored the opening try inside two minutes by driving Davies over.
Abbie Ward had a try chalked off for a forward pass but Bern found a gap to break Ireland’s resistance for the second after 16 minutes.
Ireland should have got on the scoreboard midway through the first half but Nicole Cronin sliced a penalty horribly wide from in front of the posts.
It had been a scrappy first half from the hosts but they began the second eager to make amends with Packer showing her pace to score in the first minute.
Scarratt landed her first conversion and kicked her second after Davies bundled her way through again.
Ireland, who had Dorothy Wall in the sin-bin, were opened up again when Thompson finished off a flowing England move.
Cleall came off the bench to power through for try number six and another rolling maul sent fellow replacement Botterman over.
Cleall grabbed her second and Kildunne zig-zagged her way across before Ireland were reduced to 14 when Sene Naoupu saw red for a dangerous tackle.
Kildunne evaded two Irish defenders to get the ball down one-handed for her second try and Thompson rounded off the scoring.
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