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Ireland’s Women Crush Scotland 73-3 To Claim Six Nations Crown

What a weekend! With the Mens team securing back-to-back Six Nation’s titles for the first time making all the headlines many almost forgot that it wasn’t the only silverware for Irish rugby last weekend as the Women’s team secured a fantastic victory over Scotland to secure their second Six Nation’s trophy in three seasons and make it a famous double for Ireland. The girls in green came into the final day of their campaign knowing that they needed a 27-point margin of victory to edge out last years champions France.

The intensity was their from the off as Ireland produced a powerful performance using the maul to set the tone and outmuscle the Scots. The Irish got up and running on the scoreboard after fantastic run from Sophie Spence to get Ireland into their opponents 22. Nora Stapleton and Jackie Shiels did well to get Niamh Briggs away and  then an excellent one-two with Hannah Tyrell set up the Munster woman for the first try (which went unconverted) of the afternoon on the skippers 50th cap for Ireland.

Briggs then slotted over her first penalty of the day but Scotland fired back when Nuala Deans fired over a penalty of her own in what was extremely windy conditions, after Paula Fitzpatrick had been punished for being off her feet.

Ireland were not fazed however as they kept pushing to get the lead they needed and open-side flanker Claire Molloy went over the try line after another fantastic maul by Ireland.

Scotland then put some pressure on Ireland and spent some rare time in Irelands 22 but the quality of Ireland was too much for a Scotland breakthrough and Ireland were soon were over for their third try from a 5-metre scrum. Ireland’s no.8 Heather O’Brien eventually got the ball over the line and Briggs converted to make it 20-3.

Briggs then used all her experience when Ireland won a penalty and she decided to punt it into the left corner,Ireland won the line-out and eventually the ball made its way to hooker Gillian Bourke to crash over the line with Briggs converting to make it a 24-point lead.

Three more points were added to that lead when Briggs converted a penalty after a Rachael Cook infringement  and the Irish grabbed one more try before the end of the half via a fantastic solo run by winger winger Alison Miller who dodged four tackles before sidestepping the Scottish full back and going over right between the posts to bring the Score to 37-3 after Briggs added the conversion before the two sides went back to the locker room.

Miller went over again just two minutes after the break when Ireland won a turnover and the ball went out left to Fitzpatrick who showed some lovely hands to get Miller away who made no mistake by finishing neatly in the corner.

Briggs slotted over the conversion to keep Ireland rolling but failed to finish the next one as she suffered a knee injury after a well worked Fitzpatrick try.

Spence then went over the try line and Briggs converted to make it 56-3 with Ireland almost able to touch the trophy. They team in green kept up the onslaught however, with substitute scrum-half Tania Rosser going over, with the fantastic Briggs converting once again. Miller then went on to complete her hat-trick to cap what was magnificent and mesmerising display of skill and speed,while the final score came from Jenny Murphy who darted over to make it a true cricket score of 73-3 and the largest win in Irish Women’s Rugby teams history.

Ireland ran out worthy winners and the emotion of the players at the end showed how much the victory meant to them. With this amazing double there is no doubt that Ireland is an emerging force in the rugby world both in male and female domains. Can both teams become world champions? Well, we can certainly dare to dream after last weekend.


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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.