Friday 30 September 2016

Ireland women hand nine players international debuts in narrow defeat to England

Published 14/11/2015 | 18:00

England's Justine Lucas during the Autumn International match at Twickenham Stoop
England's Justine Lucas during the Autumn International match at Twickenham Stoop
England's Tamara Taylor gives her team-mates a pep talk during the Autumn International match at Twickenham Stoop
England's Marlie Packer gets away from Ireland's Jackie Shiels during the Autumn International match at Twickenham Stoop
England's Hannah Gallagher during the Autumn International match at Twickenham Stoop
England's Katie Mason during the Autumn International match at Twickenham Stoop
England's Izzy Noel-Smith scores their first try of the game during the Autumn International match at Twickenham Stoop
Ireland's Ailis Egan during the Autumn International match at Twickenham Stoop
England's Amy Cokayne is tackled during the Autumn International match at Twickenham Stoop
England's Amy Cokayne is tackled by Ireland's Sene Naoupu during the Autumn International match at Twickenham Stoop
England's Amy Cokayne against Ireland during the Autumn International match at Twickenham Stoop
England's Amy Cokayne holds off Ireland's Sophie Spence during the Autumn International match at Twickenham Stoop
England's Lauren Cattell is tackled by Ireland's Ciara Cooney (left) during the Autumn International match at Twickenham Stoo

A late, late try helped England to an 8-3 victory over Tom Tiernan's Six Nations champions in Ireland's first ever autumn international, at the Twickenham Stoop.

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The competitive game was played in appalling conditions but there was much to admire about the performances of many of the Irish players including the six starters and three replacements who earned their first caps.

A lone penalty from Lauren Cattell giving the hosts a 3-0 lead at the interval.

Niamh Briggs failed to convert Ireland's first opportunity at points from the boot in the 43rd minute while England hooker Emma Croker was in the sin-bin.

Ireland were doing most of the attacking and were level with seven minutes remaining when Briggs found her range.

The English pack had the final say as they piled through from a five-metre lineout with replacement Noel-Smith touching down in the right corner with two minutes to go and they held on to win.

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