Floodlight failure fails to halt France as Ireland's Grand Slam hopes end in Ashbourne
The clash between Ireland and France in Round Two of the Women's Six Nations was delayed for over 40 minutes after the floodlights in Ashbourne failed minutes into the second half.
Both sides returned to the field and warmed up again with the scoreline at 0-0.
The French were the dominant side in the opening 40 minutes but that failed to materialise on the scoreboard.
There were suggestions that the game would be moved from the main pitch at Ashbourne to the back pitch, which didn't appear to be lined, but the lights were fixed in the meantime.
We're back up and running here. @AshbourneRFC worked hard to get things working. Both teams and refs agreed solution and it's game on.— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) February 13, 2015
When the game did resume, Ireland flew out of the blocks with Heather Byrne touching down to put Ireland in front 5-0 as Niamh Briggs was desperately unlucky not to convert.
The game swung however and a converted try and penalty where enough for the French who withstood repeated Irish bombardment late on to hang on for the win.
Next up for Ireland is world champions England in a fortnight's time.