Six Nations: England women win final match, but miss out on title
|2018 Women's Six Nations|
|England (19) 33|
|Tries: Waterman, Packer, Cokayne, Kildunne, Reed Cons: Daley-Mclean 4|
|Ireland (6) 11|
|Try: Molloy Pens: Tyrrell, Briggs|
England women finished their Six Nations campaign with a comprehensive win over Ireland, but could not retain the title as France beat Wales.
Danielle Waterman became England women's record try-scorer as she dived over inside 10 minutes for the 47th international score of her career.
Marlie Packer and Amy Cokayne followed her in crossing for tries, with Ellie Kildunne and Amber Reed adding scores in the second half.
Claire Molloy got Ireland's only try.
England's defeat by France last weekend - via a last-minute try from Jessy Tremouliere - took the destiny of the title out of their hands, but their performance showed they will be serious contenders to regain it again in 2019.
A player-of-the-match display from Gloucester-Hartpury full-back Kildunne will have been particularly heartening for coach Simon Middleton.
The 18-year-old surged over for her ninth try in as many internationals and was a threat whenever she got the ball.
Waterman, 33, is at the opposite end of her career, but is now in sight of men's international Rory Underwood's record mark of 49 tries after her well-taken opener.
Ireland, who appointed Adam Griggs as head coach in November following last year's disappointing World Cup campaign, kept plugging away to secure Molloy's pushover score eight minutes from time.
But, ultimately, England superior set-piece work and their strength in depth as they emptied their bench proved decisive.
England: Kildunne, Smith, Tuima, Burford, Waterman, Daley-Mclean, Mattinson; Cornborough, Cokayne, Sarah Bern, Scott, Cleall, Burnfield, Packer, Hunter
Replacements: Davies, Clark, Lucas, O'Donnell, Brown, Riley, Harrison, Reed
Ireland: Tyrrell; Williams, Fitzhenry, Naoupu, Galvin; Briggs, Cronin; Peat, Moloney, Lyons; McDermott, Fitzpatrick; Baxter, Molloy, Griffin (capt)
Replacements: O'Connor, Feely, Reidy, Cooney, Caplice, Hughes, Claffey, Flood