Ireland pip Scotland in Women’s Six Nations opener

Date published: February 3 2017

Ireland claimed a narrow 22-15 victory over Scotland in their Womens’ Six Nations opener at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld on Friday.

Scotland made the brighter start and were rewarded in the fourth minute when Jade Konkel scored the opening try which Sarah Law converted.

Ireland didn’t take long to respond and struck back via a brace of tries from Alison Miller but Nora Stapleton failed with both conversions which meant the visitors led 10-7 midway through the opening half.

Konkel crossed the whitewash again and although Law missed with the conversion attempt, she added a penalty which gave Scotland a 15-10 lead at half-time.

Ireland drew level via a Lindsay Peat try in the 51st minute before Jenny Murphy secured their win when she scored their fourth try in the game’s closing stages.

The scorers:

For Scotlnd Women:
Konkel 2
Con: Law
Pen: Law

For Ireland Women:
Miller 2, Peat, Murphy
Con: Stapelton

Scotland Women: 15 Chloe Rollie, 14 Megan Gaffney, 13 Lisa Thomson, 12 Lisa Martin (c), 11 Rhona Lloyd, 10 Helen Nelson, 9 Sarah Law, 8 Jade Konkel, 7 Louise McMillan, 6 Karen Dunbar, 5 Deborah McCormack, 4 Emma Wassell, 3 Lindsey Smith, 2 Rachel Malcolm, 1 Tracy Balmer
Replacements: 16 Lucy Park, 17 Heather Lockhart, 18 Katie Dougan, 19 Sarah Bonar, 20 Jemma Forsyth, 21 Jenny Maxwell, 22 Lauren Harris, 23 Eilidh Sinclair

Ireland Women: 15 Mairead Coyne, 14 Niamh Kavanagh, 13 Jenny Murphy, 12 Sene Naoupu, 11 Alison Miller, 10 Nora Stapleton, 9 Ailsa Hughes, 8 Paula Fitzpatrick, 7 Claire Molloy, 6 Ciara Griffin, 5 Marie Louise Reilly, 4 Orla Fitzsimons, 3 Ailis Egan, 2 Leah Lyons, 1 Lindsay Peat
Replacements: 16 Jennie Finlay, 17 Ilse van Staden, 18 Ciara O’Connor, 19 Elaine Anthony, 20 Nichola Fryday, 21 Mary Healy, 22 Claire McLaughlin, 23 Eimear Considine

Picture credit: Women’s Six Nations Facebook Page