World Cup dream sours as Ireland lose to Australia
It was supposed to be the dream World Cup on home soil - but Ireland women's rugby campaign went from bad to worse as they slumped to defeat against Australia.
The World Cup bandwagon rolled on from UCD to Belfast this week, but Ireland's match against Australia was a sideshow after the loss to France in the final pool game. This was a chance for redemption and a shot at the fifth-place final for the women in green, but it was not to be.
Ireland lost by 12 points at Kingspan Stadium, with two late consolation tries putting some respectability on the 36-24 scoreline. Former Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan spoke of his disappointment as the team must regather for their last match this weekend.
"Disaster - this is a terrible loss," O'Sullivan said on Eir Sport. "A game we went in with high hopes of winning, we were kind of circling the wagons. We just got beaten out the gate here," he said.