Monday 19 February 2018

Memorable first win for Baa-Baas

Barbarians 19 Munster 0

Barbarians Women's Georgina Roberts on her way to scoring her side's third try. Photo: PA
Barbarians Women's Georgina Roberts on her way to scoring her side's third try. Photo: PA

Nora Stapleton conjured a classic Barbarians try as the club's first women's game was crowned with a win over Munster at Thomond Park.

Stapleton set up Georgina Roberts for a brilliant third try, while a penalty try and another from Ailish Egan gave the Baa-Baas the win.

The opening score was a 27th-minute penalty try, and after some unrewarded sustained pressure from Munster they swapped all 15 players at the break.

It was 7-0 at half-time and Munster failed to make a breakthrough after the interval - Egan dotted down in 64th minute and five minutes later the brilliance of Stapleton and Christelle LeDuff led to Barbarians' third try.

BARBARIANS - Shiels (G Roberts 40); T Derk, V Jackson (A Thornborough 40), M Goddard, E Evans (N Stapleton 48); C LeDuff, E Jensen (T Rosser 54); F Coghlan (T Balmer 54), A Garnett (A Egan 40), C Cripps (A Garnett 67); M Riley (B Essex 48), L Corson; S Brown (E McMahon 48), R Taylor, K Russell.

MUNSTER - (first-half): L O'Mahony; D Nic a Bhaird, A Staunton, C Arthurs, S Pua; V Power, N Cronin; F Hayes, E Murphy, G Bourke; N O'Connor, C Pearse; D O'Mahony, S Fleming, A Caplice. (Second-half): L McNamara; L Sheehan, N Kavanagh, R Allen, T Collopy; E Murphy, H McDermott; L Lyons, Z Grattage, F Reidy; E Foley, R Ormond; C O'Halloran, S McCarthy, C Griffin.

REF - Mike Scanlon (IRFU)

Irish Independent

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