Saturday 20 January 2018

Ireland grab late winner in Women's Six Nations opener

Ireland scrambled a victory over Scotland
Ireland scrambled a victory over Scotland

Ireland made a winning start to their Women's Six Nations campaign as Jenny Murphy's injury-time try secured victory over Scotland.

The teams were tied at 15-15 in Cumbernauld when centre Murphy dived in beneath the posts and Nora Stapleton added the conversion to give Ireland a 22-15 success.

The Scots had led 15-10 at the interval after two tries from Jade Konkel and five points from the boot of Sarah Law, against Ireland's touchdowns from Sene Naoupu and Alison Miller.

Lindsay Peat hauled the visitors back to level terms in the 52nd minute, before Ireland survived as Scotland squandered penalties in dangerous positions.

That opened the door for 2015 Six Nations champions Ireland to scramble the win at the death, with Murphy driving over two minutes into injury time.

France are defending their title in the competition, with Scotland having finished last and winless for each of the last six years.

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