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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Tania Rosser urges Girls in Green to regroup and grab third place

Cian Tracey

Published 14/08/2014 | 00:00

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Niamh Briggs is tackled by Emily Scarratt in Ireland's Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final defeat to England in Paris. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Niamh Briggs is tackled by Emily Scarratt in Ireland's Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final defeat to England in Paris. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ireland's Alison Miller is tackled by Danielle Waterman of England during the Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final in Paris. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ireland's Alison Miller is tackled by Danielle Waterman of England during the Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final in Paris. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan rallies her heroic teammates after their Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final defeat to England in Paris. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan rallies her heroic teammates after their Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final defeat to England in Paris. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Ireland scrum-half Tania Rosser has vowed that her side will finish the tournament on a high when they play France in Sunday's 3rd/4th place play-off.

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Ireland crashed out of the World Cup after suffering a 40-7 defeat to England in Paris yesterday but Rosser is adamant that her side will bounce back.

"We have to stay positive. It hurts at the moment but when we wake up we have to go again and focus on Sunday," she said.

"We need to park this game and move on because we can still finish third which would be a huge achievement.

"We set out to make the last four but we really thought we could get to the final and give ourselves a shot at winning it."

Ireland trailed 18-7 at the break but Rosser insisted that her side never lost hope of mounting a comeback.

"There were no panic buttons being pressed or anything like that. We spoke about needing an early score in the second half but unfortunately we just couldn't get it.

"They came at us hard and we found it hard to get a foothold. But when we wake up in the morning, we'll clear our heads and go again.

"We can't let ourselves or our supporters stay down about this. We're so grateful to everyone that travelled over and we know how well we've been supported back home.

"It's important that we get that third-place finish. Irish women's rugby has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and it would be great to keep that going," Rosser added.

Ireland go into Sunday's play-off guaranteed to better their previous best finish at a World Cup, which was seventh, and Rosser acknowledged that her side must focus on the positives.

"We're gutted, we really are. It's all a bit of a blur at the moment but we have to stay positive," she said.

Ireland face a four-day turnaround before taking on host nation France and the scrum-half knows that her side have plenty to do before then.

"We have a lot of work to get through, no doubt. But we'll review the video tomorrow and make sure the same mistakes aren't made again."

Irish Independent

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