Friday 15 December 2017

French claim the women’s Grand Slam after victory over spirited Irish side

Nora Stapleton, Ireland, in action during the game against France.
Nora Stapleton, Ireland, in action during the game against France.

A spirited second half comeback from Ireland Women wasn’t enough to stop France from clinching a 19-15 win and the Grand Slam tonight.

The Irish men’s side will hope it isn’t a bad omen ahead of their own crunch tie tomorrow and the visitors showed great spirit after falling into arrears.

Ireland had trailed the French 19-3 at one point in the second half, after tries from Marion Lievre in the first half and Elodie Portaries and Shannon Izar in the second half.

Niamh Briggs had kicked a penalty for Ireland after Portaies' try to make it 12-3, but when Izar touched it looked as if Ireland were in danger of shipping a heavy score.

However Philip Doyle’s side  bravely fought back with Gillian Bourke bagging a brace of tries and the Irish putting France under great pressure.

Ultimately, though, they could not get a third, vital try, and France held on for the win and the Grand Slam.

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