Wednesday 13 November 2019

Champions! - Irish women make it double Six Nations celebrations with emphatic Scottish victory

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Ireland captain Niamh Briggs lifts the Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship trophy.
Ireland captain Niamh Briggs lifts the Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship trophy.
Niamh Briggs, Ireland, celebrates scoring her side's first try.
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The Ireland women's team made it a historic weekend in Irish rugby as they claimed the Six Nations title after a resounding victory over Scotland today.

Tom Tierney's side crushed Scotland by 70 points to claim both the Triple Crown and championship on a glorious weekend for Irish rugby.

Just like Joe Schmidt's side yesterday, the team had a target to reach to overhaul France to secure the title. The 27 points required were sewn up before half-time with tries from Niamh Briggs(2), Heather O'Brien, Gillian Bourke and Alison Miller (2) gave the Irish side a comfortable 37-3 interval lead.

There was no let-up after the break as a championship and Triple Crown was claimed in spectacular style.

Ireland captain Niamh Briggs celebrates with the Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship trophy.
Ireland captain Niamh Briggs celebrates with the Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship trophy.
Tania Rosser and her Ireland team-mates celebrate with the Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship trophy.
Ireland captain Niamh Briggs lifts the Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship trophy.
Niamh Briggs, Ireland, celebrates scoring her side's first try. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. Broadwood Stadium, Clyde FC, Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Niamh Briggs, Ireland, goes over to score her side's first try. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. Broadwood Stadium, Clyde FC, Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Claire Molloy, Ireland, is tackled by Eilidh Sinclair and Gillian Inglis, right, Scotland. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. Broadwood Stadium, Clyde FC, Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Hannah Tyrrell, Ireland, is tackled by Eilidh Sinclair, Scotland. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. Broadwood Stadium, Clyde FC, Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Paula Fitzpatrick, left, and Jenny Murphy, Ireland, attack the ball. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. Broadwood Stadium, Clyde FC, Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Hannah Tyrrell, Ireland, is tackled by Eilidh Sinclair, Scotland. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. Broadwood Stadium, Clyde FC, Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Niamh Briggs, Ireland, is tackled by Lisa Martin, Scotland. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. Broadwood Stadium, Clyde FC, Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Aoife Doyle, Ireland, is tackled by Lisa Martin, Scotland. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. Broadwood Stadium, Clyde FC, Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Claire Molloy, Ireland, is tackled by Eilidh Sinclair and Gillian Inglis, right, Scotland. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. Broadwood Stadium, Clyde FC, Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Alison Miller, Ireland, on her way to scoring a first half try. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. Broadwood Stadium, Clyde FC, Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Niamh Briggs, Ireland, kicks a conversion. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. Broadwood Stadium, Clyde FC, Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Sophie Spence, Ireland, is tackled by Emma Wassell, Scotland. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. Broadwood Stadium, Clyde FC, Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Alison Miller, Ireland, on her way to scoring her second try. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Scotland v Ireland. Broadwood Stadium, Clyde FC, Glasgow, Scotland. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Miller, Paula Fitzpatrick, Sophie Spence, Tanie Rosser and centre Jenny Murphy kept the scoreboard ticking over as the visitors ran out 73-3 winners.

France's surprise 17-12 defeat by Italy last weekend opened the door for Ireland who put the Scots to the sword at the Broadwood Stadium.

Scotland: Chloe Rollie, Nuala Deans, Gillian, Inglis, Hannah, Smith, Eilidh Sinclair, Lisa Martin, Sarah Law, Lisa Robertson, Lana Skeldon, Tracy Balmer, Deborah McCormack, Emma Wassell, Rachael Cook, Karen Dunbar, Jade Konkel.

Replacements: Sarah Quick, Lindsey Smith, Heather Lockhart, Fiona Sim, Lyndsay O' Donnell, Mhairi Grieve, Claire Bain, Jenny Maxwell.

Ireland: Niamh Briggs; Hannah Tyrrell, Jenny Murphy, Jackie Shiels, Alison Miller; Nora Stapleton, Larissa Muldoon; Ruth O'Reilly, Gillian Bourke, Ailis Egan; Sophie Spence, Marie Louise Reilly; Paula Fitzpatrick, Claire Molloy, Heather O'Brien.

Replacements: Sarah Mimnagh, Fiona Hayes, Fiona O'Brien, Orla Fitzsimons, Katie Norris, Tania Rosser, Sene Naoupu, Aoife Doyle.

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