Wednesday 20 September 2017

Brilliant Ireland too strong for world champions England

Ireland 11 England 8

27 February 2015; Abbie Scott, England, wins possession in the lineout, supported by team-mate Abbie Scott, ahead of Marie Louise Reilly, Ireland. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v England. Ashbourne RFC, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
27 February 2015; Abbie Scott, England, wins possession in the lineout, supported by team-mate Abbie Scott, ahead of Marie Louise Reilly, Ireland. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v England. Ashbourne RFC, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE

Derek Harte

Ireland women recorded a fine win against World Cup winners England in the Women's Six Nations tonight at Ashbourne RFC.

The visitors led 8-3 at half-time thanks to a penalty from captain Katy Mclean and a try from Harriet Millar-Mills, but were pegged back in the second period and lost to a late penalty converted by Niamh Briggs.

Mclean missed a long-range penalty before giving her side the lead moments later, this time making no mistake with a penalty despite the windy conditions.

Briggs levelled the scores with 20 minutes on the clock with a penalty of her own but England regained the lead just before the interval as Millar-Mills dove over the line following a powerful scrum.

Mclean missed the conversion with the last kick of the half and Ireland were soon level after play resumed following the break, with Larissa Muldoon darting over from close range.

Briggs hooked the attempted conversion well wide but made amends with what proved to be the winning penalty after England were penalised at the breakdown.

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