Sunday 22 April 2018

Floodlight failure fails to halt France as Ireland's Grand Slam hopes end in Ashbourne

13 February 2015; Ireland players leave the pitch for the second time after floodlight failure. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v France, Ashbourne RFC, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
13 February 2015; Ireland players leave the pitch for the second time after floodlight failure. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v France, Ashbourne RFC, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
13 February 2015; Ireland players keep warm after floodlight failure in their game against France. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v France, Ashbourne RFC, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
13 February 2015; Ireland players keep warm after floodlight failure in their game against France. Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v France, Ashbourne RFC, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
The scene at Ashbourne after the floodlight failure

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.

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.

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