Ex-Welwyn player helps England to Six Nations triumph over Ireland at Twickenham

PUBLISHED: 16:48 25 February 2014

Former Welwyn Rugby Club player Hannah Gallagher helped England Women keep their Six Nations hopes alive after beating defending Grand Slam champions Ireland in front of 15,000 at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.

Nerves were tested for a second time as England’s women followed the men by putting in a resilient performance in another tight encounter against the Irish.

Tries from vice-captain Sarah Hunter, winger Kay Wilson and replacement Marlie Packer denied Ireland the Triple Crown and secured England’s second victory on the bounce.

Having beaten Scotland away 63-0 two weeks ago, their opening 18-6 defeat to France is now well behind them.

Head coach Gary Street said: “I thought Ireland defended outstandingly well and kept the score line closer than we perhaps deserved.

“We need to address a number of errors, but overall I’m pleased with the performance.

“We played some exciting rugby and this was a good advert for the women’s game.

“It is always an honour to play at Twickenham and especially in front of such a great crowd.”

Street has identified where his side needs to improve.

He added: “One of the areas we need to look at is our execution as we created more chances than we took, but we can take confidence from the way we opened up a very good Ireland team.

“The competitiveness of the game puts us in good stead ahead of our next fixture against Wales at the Twickenham Stoop, but we will have to raise our performance again if we are to be successful in this campaign.”

England play Wales at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday, March 7, before playing away to Italy at the Stadio Giulio Rovato on Sunday, March 16.

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