Ireland to face England in women's rugby World Cup semi-finals
Ireland will face England next Wednesday in the semi-final of the women’s rugby World Cup.
The Irish recorded a comfortable 40-5 win over Kazakhstan earlier today and England secured their place to face the Girls in Green this evening. France play Canada in the other semi.
Buoyed by the brilliant win over the all-conquering New Zealand at the start of the week, Philip Doyle’s side wasted no time in registering their first score – a Sharon Lynch try after just six minutes.
Jackie Shiels took over the kicking responsibilities with Niamh Briggs rested and she made no mistake with the resultant conversion.
Kazakhstan battled hard however, and they got themselves right back in the game with a try of their own through Svetlana Karatygina.
Ireland were shaken and lacked the quality that shone so bright against the Black Ferns.
But Tania Rosser went over for a try, which Shiels converted, to go into half-time 14-5 up and it was all one-way traffic after that.
The Irish really stepped it up a couple of gears after the break to produce an excellent half of free-flowing rugby which culminated in four more tries.
Ireland were awarded a penalty try after the restart and Lynch again, Siobhan Fleming and Vikki McGinn all crossed the white line while Shiels was in fine form with her kicking to put the gloss on the scoreline.
Ireland's semi-final opponents will be confirmed later today.
IRELAND: Jackie Shiels (Richmond/Exile); Vikki McGinn (Blackrock/Leinster), Lynne Cantwell (Richmond/Exile) (capt), Grace Davitt (Cooke/Ulster), Hannah Casey (Saracens/Exile); Tania Rosser (Blackrock/Leinster), Larissa Muldoon (Bristol/Exile); Fiona Hayes (UL Bohemians/Munster), Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemians/Munster), Kerrie-Ann Craddock (Saracens/Exile), Laura Guest (Highfield/Munster), Orla Fitzsimons (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Sharon Lynch (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Siobhan Fleming (Tralee/Munster), Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary’s College/Leinster).
Replacements: Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians/Leinster), Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht), Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Alison Miller (Portlaoise/Connacht), Ashleigh Baxter (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster).
Tries: S Lynch (2), T Rosser, Penalty, S Fleming, V McGinn.
Conversions: J Shiels (5)