The Women’s Six Nations got a bit of a shake up in Round 4 with wins for France, Scotland and Italy against England, Wales and Ireland. While France’s win over England was always on the cards the other two results come as something of a surprise.
Ireland (0) 12
TRY: Penalty Try, Paula Fitzpatrick
CON: Penalty Try
Scotland (3) 15
TRY: Helen Nelson, Chloe Rollie
CON: Helen Nelson
PEN: Helen Nelson
Scotland recorded their first win of the six Nations with a well-earned victory over Ireland at Donnybrook.
A penalty from Scotland’s Helen Nelson was the only score of an error strewn first half.
Thinks improved in the second half but it was Scotland who took advantage. Nelson went over for a try within minutes of resumption but Ireland hit back with a penalty try as they finally made their dominant scrum count.
With a clear route to victory Ireland continued to pile on the pressure but a crucial intercept by Chloe Rollie saw the Scotland winger sprint clear from her own 22 to score at the other end.
In a frantic finish, Paula Fitzpatrick pulled a try back for Ireland but the home side made far to many errors under pressure and Scotland held out for a memorable win.
We came up against a tough Scottish side who are physical and we were outmatched.
Our execution really let us down.
We thought we built on it from France and Italy and obviously last time out against Wales we were nailing it, but today it just didn’t happen, our skills let us down.
Claire Molly, Ireland Captain
Ireland: Kim Flood, Megan Williams, Katie Fitzhenry, Sene Naoupu, Hannah Tyrrell, Niamh Briggs, Ailsa Hughes, Lindsay Peat, Cliodhna Moloney, Leah Lyons, Aoife McDermott, Orla Fitzsimons, Ciara Griffin, Claire Molloy, Paula Fitzpatrick. Replacements: Ciara O’Connor, Laura Feely, Fiona Reidy, Ashleigh Baxter, Edel McMahon, Nicole Cronin, Michelle Claffey, Louise Galvin
Round 4 Results below.
|FRANCE||18 – 17||ENGLAND||Grenoble|
|WALES||15 – 22||ITALY||Cardiff|
|IRELAND||12 – 15||SCOTLAND||Dublin|
France go three points clear at the top of the table and will be strong favourites to complete the Grand Slam after beating co-favourites England.
Despite their defeat by Scotland, Ireland still look like they will finish as the best of the rest in third spot by virtue of their superior points difference. Scotland look like their only realistic challenge though it would need a big win by Scotland and a sizeable loss by Ireland in the final round to switch things around.