Women's Six Nations: England back in contention for title after win over Ireland

Last Updated: 23/02/14 8:58am

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Rachel Burford tries to break through the Ireland defence

Rachel Burford tries to break through the Ireland defence

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England Women gave their hopes of regaining the Six Nations title a huge boost by clinching a 17-10 victory over Ireland at Twickenham.

Sarah Hunter, Kay Wilson and Marlie Packer ran in tries as the hosts ended any ambitions defending champions Ireland had of a Grand Slam.

England made a strong start and took the lead when Hunter touched down after a drive over the line, with captain Katy McLean adding the conversion.

However, Ireland fought back with a converted try of their own through Nora Stapleton, with an earlier penalty from Niamh Briggs giving the visitors a 10-7 lead at half-time.

However, England surged again after the break as winger Wilson and replacement Packer turned the tables, although Ireland were never quite out of it as the home side missed a string of penalties.

"I thought Ireland defended outstandingly and kept the score line closer than they perhaps deserved," head coach Gary Street told the RFU's official website.

"We need to address a number of errors but we played some exciting rugby and this evening was a good advert for the women's game. It is always an honour to play at Twickenham and especially in front of such a strong crowd."

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