Ireland’s Women’s Rugby team crashed out of the World Cup this afternoon, as they were beaten 40-7 by England in the semi-final in Paris.
Things were looking good for Ireland as they got off to the perfect start, withstanding some early pressure from the English, they then took 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 showed their dominance at the scrum which gave them a platform to score tries through Rochelle Clark and Kat Merchant and two penalties by Emily Scarratt for an 18-7 half-time lead.
Scarratt had an excellent first half, powering through Ireland with ease, and England continued their dominance in the second half. Ireland struggled to get in the game as England took control of the game, by kicking to touch and showed far superior power and control with ball in hand. Kay Wilson and substitute Marlie Packer (2) scored further tries as Ireland wilted.
England will now go on to play France or Canada in the final on Sunday, Ireland will now face the defeated team of that semi-final to decide who will finish in third place.