Monday 24 July 2017

Ireland women keep Grand Slam dream alive with hard fought win over France

Ireland 13 France 10

26 February 2017; Try scorer Leah Lyons, left, celebrates with Mairead Coyne of Ireland during the RBS Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Ireland and France at Donnybrook Stadium in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
26 February 2017; Try scorer Leah Lyons, left, celebrates with Mairead Coyne of Ireland during the RBS Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Ireland and France at Donnybrook Stadium in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Ireland moved level on points with Women's Six Nations leaders England after maintaining their unbeaten record by edging past France 13-10 in Dublin.

The hosts had a 3-0 lead at half-time courtesy of Nora Stapleton's penalty but then fell behind shortly after the break when Caroline Ladagnous scored a try that was converted by Jessy Tremouliere.

Ireland hit back in the 50th minute through a Leah Lyons try and after that effort was converted by Stapleton she also added a penalty, with a subsequent one from Tremouliere being all the French could manage in reply.

The two remaining rounds of games see Tom Tierney's second-placed side play away against Wales - who are fourth, a point behind France - before hosting England in a potential title-decider on March 17.

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