England Women lose 25-0 to Ireland in the second round of the Six Nations
Last Updated: 11/02/13 11:15am
Alison Miller (left) scored a hat-trick against England
A first-half hat-trick from Ireland winger Alison Miller helped consign England Women to a 25-0 defeat in the second round of the Women's Six Nations.
Ireland full back Niamh Briggs also scored a well-taken try and added five points with the boot to end English hopes of a Grand Slam.
Miller opened the scoring for the hosts in the seventh minute when she dived over in the corner and although Briggs was unable to convert, she did extend the lead with a penalty five minutes later.
Munster wing Miller was proving the difference as she touched down in the opposite corner in the 27th minute and she completed her hat-trick just before the break to give her side a 20-point lead at half-time.
The Irish were able to add to their lead early in the second half as Briggs went over in the corner, but that concluded the scoring as both sides defences held firm.
A disappointing loss was compounded for England when winger Fiona Pocock, making only her second appearance since 2010, was forced off on a stretcher as the game drew to a close.
England head coach Gary Street was full of praise for his opponents, but was keen to move on and concentrate on their next fixture against France on the 23rd February.
He said: "We're obviously massively disappointed with the result, but Ireland were excellent - they dominated us. They upped their game from last week and we just couldn't deal with it."