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Ireland Women 25-0 England Women

Updated: Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 17:56 | Comments

Celebrations at the final whistle in Ashbourne
Celebrations at the final whistle in Ashbourne

The Irish Women's rugby team defeated England Women 25-0 this afternoon to secure a famous Six Nations victory in Ashbourne.

It was Ireland's first victory over England, who had won six of the last seven Grand Slams. Ireland had lost their last 17 consecutive matches against England.

Three first half tries from Alison Miller and one from Niamh Briggs handed Phillip Doyle's side a 25-0 win.

All Alison Miller's tries came in the first half, with Briggs adding a conversion to an earlier penalty to give Ireland a 20-0 lead at half-time.

England, 76-0 winners over Scotland last weekend, had the wind behind them in the second period, but an immediate sin-binning for their experienced loosehead prop Rochelle Clark kept them on the back foot.

Ireland's ability to take their scoring chances was evident once more as Joy Neville and Larissa Muldoon combined off a scrum to put Briggs storming over in the right corner.

The Six Nations title holders were thwarted time and again by Ireland's enveloping defence. Marie Louise Reilly, inspirational captain Fiona Coghlan and first-time starter Siobhan Fleming standing out in defence.

Roared on by a passionate home crowd, the girls in green confidently protected their lead with an eager bench emptied on a famous day for Irish women's rugby.

The result leaves Ireland just 80 minutes away from their first ever Triple Crown, and puts them in pole position to challenge for the championship in the coming weeks and confirm their stop at the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup.

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