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'Get into the stands and sell it out completely' - Anna Caplice's message for Wales clash after Ireland's victory over Scots

Ireland 18 Scotland 14

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Ireland's Anna Caplice is tackled by Soctland's Leah Bartlett during the Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship match at Energia Park in Donnbrook, Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ireland's Anna Caplice is tackled by Soctland's Leah Bartlett during the Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship match at Energia Park in Donnbrook, Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Ireland's Anna Caplice is tackled by Soctland's Leah Bartlett during the Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship match at Energia Park in Donnbrook, Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ireland were on the verge of losing a 13-point lead when Beibhinn Parsons stepped up to grab the interception that eventually proved to be the winning of the Six Nations opener against Scotland.

It was not a gamble taken on the fly, more a calculated risk that turned the concession of five or even seven points into five for the home side at the Old Wesley end of Energia Park.

Ireland had been defending with everything they had in the face of Scotland's gathering momentum, leading to domination of possession and territory.

The visitors looked to be on the brink of taking over the game when 18-year-old Parsons shot up to snatch Sarah Law's pass with the Scots holding a two-woman overlap in the 67th minute.

The Leaving Certificate student may have been the only Irish girl with the endurance speed to go the length of the pitch.

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Ireland's Beibhinn Parsons on her way to scoring her side's third try during the Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship win over Scotland at Energia Park in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ireland's Beibhinn Parsons on her way to scoring her side's third try during the Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship win over Scotland at Energia Park in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Ireland's Beibhinn Parsons on her way to scoring her side's third try during the Women's Six Nations Rugby Championship win over Scotland at Energia Park in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

"We built it into our defence that, if the intercept was on our quick girls could go for that intercept and Beibhinn had the confidence to do it and the legs to go all the way," marvelled Ireland number eight Anna Caplice.

The strategy which worked a treat had worked against the Irish for much of the second-half as they reeled backwards in contact and over-compensated by getting off the line too quickly for the referee Aurelie Groizeleau's opinion.

"With the defensive system we're working in, to get off the line quickly we have to take the extra step to make sure we're not coming offside," said Caplice.

"We're disappointed with (the offside penalties), but I was saying inside I'd prefer to win ugly and have a list of things to work on.

"You train all through January and, yes we had a warm-up game, but nothing tests you like a Test. We've so much to work on so we'll take the win.

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Cliodhna Moloney of Ireland celebrates with team-mates after scoring her side's first try

Cliodhna Moloney of Ireland celebrates with team-mates after scoring her side's first try

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Cliodhna Moloney of Ireland celebrates with team-mates after scoring her side's first try

"We knew Scotland weren't coming to mess around. We weren't expecting a wash-out, they have some brilliant players."

Ireland will not get to rest on their laurels as Wales will be in town next Sunday, same place, same time in what is quite the atmosphere.

"The crowd were just buzzing," added the number eight.

"I was almost thinking to myself, thinking of my friends 'why aren't they here, why aren't my whole extended family here, why isn't everyone here!'

"This is unbelievable, just as entertaining as the men's game and good quality too.

"That's my plea to everyone to come out, get into the stands and sell it out completely."

With drama like this, stranger things have happened.

Ireland: L Delany; A Doyle, S Naoupu, M Claffey, B Parsons; E Murphy (C Keohane 67) K Dane (N Cronin 59); L Peat (L Feely 60), C Moloney (V Dabanovich-O'Mahony 26), L Djougang (L Lyons 54), A McDermott (C Cooney 67), N Fryday, C Griffin (capt, D Wall ht), E McMahon, A Caplice.

Scotland: C Rollie; R Lloyd, H Smith, L Thomson, M Gaffney (E Tonkin 72); H Nelson (S Law 50), M McDonald; L Bartlett (L Cockburn 62), L Skeldon, M Forsyth, E Wassell, S Bonar, R Malcolm (capt, L McMillan), R McLachlan (S Cattigan 59), J Konkel (M Wright 76).

Referee: A Groizeleau, France.

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