- England - Tries: Kerr, Smith, Cornborough, Thompson 3, O’Donnell Cons: Daley-Mclean
- Ireland - Tries: Considine, Delany, Molloy
England Women ended the Quilter Internationals with a 37-15 win over Ireland Women at Twickenham Stadium.
Heather Kerr got England on their way after seven minutes, dotting down from a driving maul with further scores from Kelly Smith, after a smart offload from Tatyana Heard, and another forward effort from a maul saw Vickii Cornbrough go over.
Eimear Considine and Lauren Delany crossed on the stroke of half-time for Ireland, but England still led 15-10 at the break.
Lydia Thompson latched onto Zoe Harrison's superbly weighted grubber for the first points of the second half and then she showed her class to break a tackle and race in from inside her own half for a second score.
Some Irish pressure on England's line eventually saw Claire Molloy score but it was the Red Roses who were victorious as they ended 2018 on a high as Thompson finished off a smart handling move for her hat-trick before Cath O’Donnell bundled over in stoppage time.
Three from three
It has been successful November for Simon Middleton's side with victories in all three of their Quilter Internationals.
After opening with a nine-try 57-5 win against USA at Allianz Park they followed that up with a battling 27-19 victory over Canada at Castle Park in Doncaster.
With ending their 2018 with a win over Ireland, the Red Roses have won seven of their eight games over the calendar year and will now head into the 2019 Six Nations as a fully professional squad.
Gloucester-Hartpury Women wing Smith came into these November Tests with two caps to her name but the top try scorer in the Tyrrells Premier 15s this season has continued her form at international level.
After two scores against the USA to start her series, Smith continued her try scoring form with a powerful finish out wide against Canada.
She made it four tries in three games when she latched onto Heard's excellent break and offload to show her pace to sprint down the wing.
England head coach Simon Middleton: “It would be easy to say the game was a bit frustrating as it was very stop-start and you wanted it to get going, but our performance wasn’t.
“I think the biggest difference for us was Marlie Packer coming on at half-time, Marlie was absolutely outstanding when she came on. Then Katy [Daley-Mclean] and Rachel [Burford] injected pace into the game with their passing and decision making, and that opened the game for us.
“Lydia [Thompson] is phenomenal. Her game is finishing and I think with Portia Woodman they’re the two best finishers in world rugby. Her chances were half chances and she took them.
“I’m chuffed to bits with the way the squad has come together obviously on the field first and foremost, but off the field as well and it will be one of those where we’ll learn more when we reflect on it."
England - 15. Sarah McKenna, 14. Lydia Thompson, 13. Carys Williams, 12. Tatyana Heard, 11. Kelly Smith, 10. Zoe Harrison, 9. Leanne Riley; 1. Vickii Cornborough, 2. Heather Kerr, 3. Hannah Botterman, 4. Zoe Aldcroft, 5. Abbie Scott, 6. Poppy Cleall, 7. Vicky Fleetwood, 8. Sarah Hunter ©.
Replacements: 16. Lark Davies, 17. Ellena Perry, 18. Shaunagh Brown,19. Catherine O’Donnell, 20. Marlie Packer, 21. Claudia Macdonald, 22. Katy Daley-Mclean, 23. Rachael Burford.
Ireland - 15. Lauren Delany, 14. Eimear Considine, 13. Sene Naoupu(c), 12. Michelle Claffey, 11. Laura Sheehan, 10. Nikki Caughey, 9. Nicole Cronin; 1. Lindsay Peat, 2. Emma Hooban, 3. Leah Lyons, 4. Aoife McDermott, 5. Nichola Fryday, 6. Jeamie Deacon, 7. Claire Molloy, 8. Juliet Short.
Replacements: 16. Sarah Mimnagh, 17. Laura Feely, 18. Fiona Reidy, 19. Claire McLaughlin, 20. Edel McMahon, 21. Ailsa Hughes, 22. Ellen Murphy, 23. Beibhinn Parsons.
2018 Quilter Internationals
England Women 57-5 USA Women - Allianz Park, London
England Women 27-19 Canada Women - Castle Park, Doncaster
England Women 37-15 Ireland Women - Twickenham Stadium, London