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Impressive Ireland Bounce Back With Bonus Point Win Over Scotland

Ireland put in an impressive away performance to secure a 5-22 victory over Scotland in the Six Nations on Friday night.

The away side were looking to bounce back from a heavy 7-51 defeat against England in their Six Nations opener in Donnybrook last Friday.

The Girls in Green began very brightly in the game and took an early lead in the sixth minute after some excellent play from fly-half Nicole Fowley.

The Irish number ten pierced the Scottish defence with a darting run before the ball eventually found its way to Aoife McDermott who crossed for the first score of the game.

Scotland, however, were quick to apply the pressure in search of the equalising score and found the breakthrough in the 20th minute of the game when centre Hannah Smith beat two Irish defenders to glide over the line and level things up.

Ireland looked much improved and had the better of the play as the half wore on but could not find a score to match their sustained pressure.

With the clock edging into the red, Harlequins tighthead Leah Lyons, powered over just before half-time to give Ireland a well deserved 5-10 lead heading into the break.

That gave Ireland a huge boost to begin the second half as just three minutes in Ali Miller, back in the starting XV for the first time since her devastating leg break last year, received the ball on the wing and crossed in the corner to extend their lead to 10.

As the weather worsened the Scots began to tire and the Irish pressure kept on coming as they searched for the bonus try their performance surely warranted.

It finally came in the 57th minute after an impressive series of phases, Anna Caplice eventually crossed before Nicole Fowley found the posts with the conversion to ensure the precious bonus point for Ireland.

From there, Ireland never looked like letting their opponents back into the game and cruised to their maiden victory in this year’s Six Nations as Scotland fell to their second defeat in a row.

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