Friday 15 December 2017

Irish ladies emulate men with Scottish demolition job

The Irish Women completed a magical weekend for rugby by exposing Scotland 73-3 to capture a Triple Crown and The Six Nations championship at Cumbernauld yesterday afternoon.

They had been set what looked like a searching task of winning by 27 clear points to overtake the French, who had beaten England 21-15 at Twickenham on Saturday.

It didn't take Tom Tierney's Women too long to find their rhythm.

Ireland worked a treasure of a try in the third minutes when full-back Niamh Briggs teased a fine-one-two with wing Hannah Tyrrell.

There was a Briggs penalty to follow, tempered by Scotland wing three-pointer by Nuala Deans to make it 8-3 in the 14th minute.

The power surge from one Irish maul up the right was a sign of things to come with flanker Claire Molloy grounding out a second try for a 10-point lead.

The, the scrum went into overdrive for number eight Heather O'Brien to beautifully control the ball before picking and putting downbeneath the sticks for Briggs' conversion.

The towering Mary Louise Reilly slipped a lineout ball to Molloy and the ball was transferred for hooker Gillian Bourke to claim the fourth.

Captain Briggs slotted a penalty to give the Irish the magical 27-point gap they needed.

They were not content to hold what they had, wing Allison Miller cutting through in emphatic fashion for Briggs' conversion to make it 37-3 in the 39th minute.

Miller scampered for her second and flanker Paula Fitzpatrick was next to benefit from a motoring maul.

The irrepressible lock Sophie Spence hammered out the final yards and replacement Tania Rosser slipped over to maintain momentum.

Miller completed her hat-trick and centre Jenny Murphy closed it out with Ireland's eleventh try to earn a second title in three seasons.

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