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England Women won the RBS Six Nations title and Grand Slam (Defeating the other five entrants) by whipping Ireland 34-7 last Saturday at Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin. Both sides were 4-0 going into the finale undefeated. The victory marked England’s first Grand Slam since 2012
England, defending Women’s World Cup Champions from 2014, led by only 5-0 at the break, but poured on four tries in the second period, with two long runs by Emily Scarratt who tallied fourteen-points.
The match looked competitive at the end of the half with both sides demonstrating stout defense in short yardage plunges. After the break, England opened the field, which allowed some breakaway runs, leading to nifty offloads, and Scarratt romping in untouched for two tries.
Ireland must revamp their defense against open play if they are to advance into the final rounds in this summer’s WRWC to be held in Dublin and Belfast in August.
On another note, England U20 Men also achieved a Grand Slam in this year’s Six Nations event. Had England Men defeated Ireland, it would have represented a historic triple Grand Slam by one nation. Ireland’s Men's 13-9 victory closed the door on this rare achievement,