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French claim the women’s Grand Slam after victory over spirited Irish side

Published 14/03/2014 | 19:48

Nora Stapleton, Ireland, in action during the game against France.
Nora Stapleton, Ireland, in action during the game against France.

A spirited second half comeback from Ireland Women wasn’t enough to stop France from clinching a 19-15 win and the Grand Slam tonight.

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The Irish men’s side will hope it isn’t a bad omen ahead of their own crunch tie tomorrow and the visitors showed great spirit after falling into arrears.

Ireland had trailed the French 19-3 at one point in the second half, after tries from Marion Lievre in the first half and Elodie Portaries and Shannon Izar in the second half.

Niamh Briggs had kicked a penalty for Ireland after Portaies' try to make it 12-3, but when Izar touched it looked as if Ireland were in danger of shipping a heavy score.

However Philip Doyle’s side  bravely fought back with Gillian Bourke bagging a brace of tries and the Irish putting France under great pressure.

Ultimately, though, they could not get a third, vital try, and France held on for the win and the Grand Slam.

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