Wednesday 29 March 2017

Bourke try brace fails to deny Welsh

Wales 15
Ireland 14
Women's Six Nations

A brace from Munster hooker Gillian Bourke wasn't enough for Ireland in south Wales as they suffered their second defeat in this year's championship.

The visitors took an early lead in Cross Keys, Bourke touching down for her first try of the afternoon after a clever move at the front of the Ireland line-out left the Welsh defence standing.

Niamh Briggs added the conversion from the touchline but the Irish lead didn't last long, with centre Elen Evans slicing through their defence to score the hosts' first points.

Amiee Young converted and then kicked a penalty as Wales took the lead for the first time.

Wales then extended their lead just before the break, Adi Taviner benefiting from confusion in the Irish defence to score in the corner.

The Irish pack had the upper hand around the pitch and it was from one of their many rolling mauls that set up Bourke, who broke the second-half deadlock.

She touched down with 12 minutes remaining and Briggs added the conversion to set up a tense final 10 minutes, but Ireland couldn't find the score so required at the end.

Wales -- A Young; M Evans, A Taviner (K Lake 74), E Evans, C James; E Snowsill (A Thomas 63), A Day; J Davies, R Bowden, C Edwards (R Taylor 47), S Powell Hughes, A Rowlands, L Newton, S Harries, J Kift.

Ireland -- N Briggs (Clonmel); N Kavanagh (UL Bohemians), L Cantwell (Richmond), G Rea (Highfield) (J Shiels 80), M Kelly (UL Bohemians) (G Nolan 78); N Stapleton (Old Belvedere), A Davis (Blackrock) (L Muldoon 58); F Coghlan (UL Bohemians) (capt), G Bourke (Bristol), L Day (Waterloo) (A Egan 58), L Guest (Highfield), M Reilly (Old Belvedere), C Staunton (Galwegians) (D O'Brien 63), C Molloy (Bristol), J Neville (UL Bohemians).

Irish Independent

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