Much was hoped of Tom Tierney’s Irish side ahead of this month’s Women’s Rugby World Cup but the past two weeks couldn’t have gone much worse.
From the late injury to captain Niamh Briggs to the uninspiring victories in the pool stages, it was a fairly calamitous start to the tournament. They then lost to France in the final games of the opening round and were forced to settle for a chance at a fifth place finish.
In order to reach that sub-competition final, they had to beat Australia this afternoon in Belfast. However, the Wallaroos overpowered the hosts to win out 36-24. They now play for a seventh-place finish later this week.
Eddie O’Sullivan, former head coach of the men’s national team, was covering the game for Eir Sport and didn’t hold back in his assessment of the team’s performance.
— eirSport (@eirSport) 22 August 2017
“I’d say Australia are kicking themselves in the first game cause they’d have beaten us then as well.”
“It’s a disastrous result. Twelve points tells a big lie here, it’s not a 12-point game.”
Ireland will take on the loser of Wales’ clash with Canada while the winner will face Australia.
The final of the tournament will be played at the Kingspan Stadium on Saturday Evening.