Ireland 7-40 England

Ireland's dreams of Women's Rugby World Cup glory came to an abrupt end as they were beaten 40-7 by England in the semi-final in Paris.

Ireland got off to the perfect start, withstanding some early pressure and then taking the lead after 15 minutes through a try from a rolling maul scored by hooker Gillian Bourke and then converted in good style by Niamh Briggs.

But England's powerful running and domination at the scrum gave them a platform which they used to score tries through Rochelle Clark and Kat Merchant and two penalties by Emily Scarratt for an 18-7 half-time lead.

Scarratt had a brilliant first half, powering through Ireland almost at will, and England continued in that vein in the second half.

Ireland could not get in the game as England eschewed kicking to touch and showed superior power and control with ball in hand. Kay Wilson and substitute Marlie Packer (2) scored further tries as Ireland wilted.

England will now play France or Canada in the final on Sunday, when Ireland will face the loser of that semi-final (3.30pm Irish time) to decide third place and the chance to finish what has been a wonderfully successful tournament on a high.