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Winning start for Women in World Cup

The Ireland women's rugby team made a winning start to their 2014 World Cup campaign by beating the US - but the celebrations will have to wait.

The team put on a tour-de-force display, beating their opponents by 23 to 17 in a hard fought win in Marcoussis, just outside Paris.

It was a physical onslaught from the Americans.

Scrum-half Tania Rosser, who was born in New Zealand, but now lives in Stepaside, said it was a really physical game.

"We managed to hold onto the win," she said.

Tania said that there was loads of Irish support cheering them on. "It was amazing."

After the match yesterday, Tania said that the plan was for rest and recovery. "We really need to really focused on getting recovered for our next game," Tania told the Herald.

The 36-year-old said that her partner and her son accompanied her to the tournament.

Speaking about the mood in the dressing room following the victory, she said: "We know that we have still got a lot of work to do for the next game."

skill

The Irish team had been hopeful before the match that their superior skills would prevail over the physicality of the Americans.

Full-back Niamh Briggs scored 18 points during the match, as Philip Doyle's side closed out a win against the side ranked two places above them in the world.

The team's next match in Pool B is on Tuesday, when they meet New Zealand, who opened their campaign with a 79-5 hammering of Kazakhstan.

Only the pool winners will be guaranteed a semi-final place.

Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan has previously said that taking the top spot in the toughest of groups is Ireland's first target in the world cup.

She said that women's rugby has got to another level in Ireland, but in other countries as well.

Ireland, who are the 2013 Six National Grand Slam champions, are one of 12 teams who are competing for the top prize.

fdillon@herald.ie


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