Women's Six Nations: Wales 24-5 Ireland

Women's Six Nations: Wales v Ireland
Wales (12) 24
Tries: Kavanagh, Phillips, Lewis Cons: George 2
Ireland (5) 5
Try: Parsons

Wales ensured they ended their Six Nations campaigns with back-to-back victories after overcoming Ireland 24-5 at Cardiff Arms Park.

Rowland Phillips' side beat Scotland 17-15 last weekend to ensure a positive finish to their Six Nations campaign.

First-half tries from Jess Kavanagh and skipper Carys Phillips set them on their way after Beibhinn Parsons' try.

Ireland tried to fight back, but Bethan Lewis' converted try ended hopes of a comeback by the visitors.

Ireland, who slipped to fifth in the table with the defeat, took an early lead when they worked the ball fast and shifted out wide to wing Parsons, who took the opportunity to score the opening try in her first start.

However, a 30-metre burst from Kavanagh, who charged through the Irish defence, levelled the scores.

Wales powered their way in front before the interval as Phillips finished off a formidable driving line-out, with Lleucu George adding the extras.

Jess Kavanagh try
Jess Kavanagh bursts clear to score an opening try for Wales who lost two of their three opening Six Nations matches, as well as drawing with Italy

Wales defended for their lives in the second period in a tense contest that swung back and forth, before Lewis drove over from close range, with George again converting.

Jazz Joyce then sprinted clear to add a bonus-point try with George hitting the post attempting to add the extras.

In the other contest on Sunday, Italy stunned last year's champions France, winning 31-12.

The hosts led 8-5 at half-time but powered to a bonus-point win thanks to tries from Sofia Stefan, Melissa Betonni, Beatrice Rigoni and Sara Tounesi.

England beat Scotland 80-0 on Saturday to seal a ninth Six Nations Grand Slam in front of 13,278 supporters - a record for a women's game at Twickenham.

Wales: Smyth; Joyce, H Jones, George, Kavanagh; Snowsill, Bevan; Thomas, Phillips (capt), A Evans, Crabb, Clay, Butchers, B Lewis, Lillicrap

Replacements: K Jones, Hope, Hale, Callender, Johnes, F Lewis, Wilkins, Neumann

Ireland: Delany; Considine, Breen, Naoupu, Parsons; Fowley, Dane; Peat, Nic A Bhaird, Reidy, McDermott, Fryday, Griffin, Molloy, McLaughlin.

Replacements: Hooban, Djougang, Feely, McMahon, Caplice, Cronin, Murphy, Sheehan.

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