Women’s Rugby World Cup: England 40-7 Ireland

England beat Ireland to reach final of Women’s Rugby World Cup

Relentless, classy England swatted aside a disappointing Ireland to book a place in their fourth consecutive Women’s Rugby World Cup final. Marlie Packer bagged a late brace of converted tries, but Emily Scarratt was the stand-out performer for a team whose superior fitness, experience, forward play and often bewitching lines of running meant, if anything, the 33-point margin of victory flattered their opponents.

A similar performance in Sunday’s final ought to end a 12-year hoodoo in which England have notched up an unenviable hat-trick of final defeats, all at the hands of New Zealand. A fourth would be unthinkable, but at least now they can look forward to the psychological boost of a change of foe, following the shock early exit of the Silver Ferns from this Gallic rugby jamboree.

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