Monday 23 April 2018

Briggs and ryan on fire

The Irish Women's rugby team maintained their 100pc home record as they closed their Six Nations campaign with a comprehensive victory over Scotland in Ashbourne.

The Scots favoured a direct kicking game early on and disappointingly multiple handling errors in difficult conditions saw Kevin West's team constantly surrendering possession.

And it was not until the 36th minute that the deadlock was broken when a Niamh Briggs place-kick flew between the posts.

Scots full-back Nicola Halfpenny then levelled the scores two minutes before the break.

But Nora Stapleton crashed over the try line early in the second half to put her side in to an 8-3 lead.

Openside-flanker Sinead Ryan gave the score line a more realistic complexion in the 58th minute when she touched down following a period of sustained dominance for Ireland, with Briggs converting.

IRELAND WOMEN -- N Briggs ; A Davis , J O'Sullivan, G Davitt (S Houston 59) , N Stapleton (E Downey 73) ; H Brosnan (L Beamish 69) , T Rosser ; F Coghlan , G Bourke, L Day (C Mahon 63) , K O'Loughlin (L Austin 59), ML Reilly , O Brennan (C Staunton 62) , S Ryan , J Neville.

SCOTLAND WOMEN -- N Halfpenny ; C Hawthorn , L Millard, V Fitzpatrick , L Douglas ; T Griffith , L Dalgliesh (S Gill 58) ; H Lockhart, SL Walker, G McCord , L Moffat (B Dickens 58) , L Wheeler , L Reid, D Kennedy , S Brown.

Ref -- H Dubes (France).

Irish Independent

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