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Waterman try helps England to victory

England made it two wins from two at the Women’s Rugby World Cup with a bonus-point 56-13 win over Italy at Billings Park UCD.

Following their win over Spain on Wednesday, the Red Roses ran in 10 tries for a second consecutive game in Dublin.

England got their first try after 10 minutes when captain Emily Scarratt crossed and was soon followed by Alex Matthews dotting down with 15 minutes gone.

Italy’s fly half Veronica Shiavon slotted home a penalty kick and a try from wing Maria Magatti in the 22nd minute narrowed the score line to 12-8.

Tries from Lydia Thompson and Amy Cokayne however ensured England secured a bonus point before half-time, going in with a 22-8 lead.

Tamara Taylor and Scarratt both crossed over after the break while Italy’s No 8, Elisa Giordano, scored a hard fought try to bring the score line to 34-13.

A trio of tries soon followed from England full-back Danielle Waterman, Scarratt as well as Thompson, who all crossed to seal victory.

England will play unbeaten USA in their final pool game on Thursday 13 August to decide who will finish top of Pool B.

Meanwhile, Ireland - led by Claire Molloy - staged a second-half comeback to survive a major scare and keep alive their hopes of making the Women's Rugby World Cup semi-finals by beating Japan.

A penalty try and a score by full-back Mayu Shimizu helped underdogs Japan to a shock 14-0 half-time lead.

Two touchdowns by replacement Paula Fitzpatrick and one from Alison Miller saw Ireland bounce back, with Nora Stapleton kicking nine points.

Ireland's game against France will decide the group winners on Thursday.

Wales' hopes of reaching the Women's Rugby World Cup semi-finals are over after losing to Canada.

Canada edged a fiercely competitive first half thanks to Lori Josephson's sniping finish.

The 2014 runners-up were made to toil by their dogged opponents but secured victory with Magali Harvey's late penalty and try.

A second defeat from two pool matches means Wales now aim for the play-offs to decide fifth to eighth places.

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