Ireland's loss puts pressure on Griggs
England 33 Ireland 11
This defeat was a sobering reminder of how much work is needed if Ireland are to dine at the top table again. They came to spoil England's party as they chased the Six Nations title, and while they didn't manage to do so, that was left to France whose win over Wales saw them crowned champions.
Trailing 19-6 at half time, there was never any way back for Ireland who now wait to see if Adam Griggs stays on as head coach. The Kiwi's position will be reviewed by the IRFU but Griggs confirmed that he wanted to remain in the job.
"I'd love to build on what we have done so far," Griggs said.
Ten minutes in, England's Danielle Waterman pounced to score, and while Ireland's Hannah Tyrrell responded with a 20th minute penalty, the hosts then grabbed two Daley-McClean tries from mauls in just four minutes. Niamh Briggs added a second penalty to cut the gap to 13 points at the break.
Ellie Kildunne secured the bonus point on the hour mark, while two Daley-McClean conversions and an Amber Reed try rendered Claire Molloy's try little more than a consolation.