French claim the women’s Grand Slam after victory over spirited Irish side
Published 14/03/2014 | 19:48
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.
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.