Ireland Women: 2021 Six Nations Wrap Part 2.

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Our review of Ireland Women’s performance in the 2021 Six Nations continues. In Part 1 we had a look at the general trends by Province and club, in Part 2 we will have a look at some of the outstanding individual performances.

Players Used

To recap, Ireland used 27 players over the three games. Five players, Eve HigginsEmily LaneStacey FloodAmee Leigh Murphy Crowe and Grace Moore, made their International XVs debut, all coming from the International 7s Programme.

Thanks to the statistics now supplied by the Six Nations we are now able to look at different criteria for the player’s performances. You can view the summery in the web story below or read on for more details.

Who did What?

Minutes Played

The stats account for 3,596 minutes out of a maximum total of 3,600 minutes played over the 3 games. There was one yellow card which would give Ireland 3,590 minutes to account for. We are assuming the extra 6 minutes is coming from rounding up individuals minutes played during substitutions etc.

The Top Six players for minutes played are shown below. Blackrock’s Dorothy Wall is the only player to play every minute of every game. Sene Naoupu would have equalled Wall’s total if she hadn’t been yellow carded.

Railway Union’s Higgins made an instant impact in her debut series, playing all but 6 minutes of her first three games.

PLAYERMINUTES
Dorothy Wall240
Eve Higgins234
Sene Naoupu230
Eimear Considine223
Beibhinn Parsons221
Nichola Fryday218

Points Scored

Ireland scored 85 points over the three games, the points coming from 13 tries, 7 conversions (54% conversion rate) and 2 penalties. 

Blackrock’s Hannah Tyrrell was the leading scorer with 18 points coming from 1 try, 5 conversions and 1 penalty. All Ireland’s scorers from the campaign are shown below.

PLAYERMINS
PLAYED
TRIESCONSPENSTOTAL
POINTS
Hannah Tyrrell15415118
Dorothy Wall24020010
Eimear Considine22320010
Beibhinn Parsons22120010
Cliodhna Moloney19320010
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe10220010
Stacey Flood1340217
Sene Naoupu2301005
Emma Hooban221005
TOTAL137285

Wall, Eimear Considine, Beibhinn Parsons, Cliodhna Moloney and Murphy Crowe topped the try scoring stakes with a brace each but our Top Try Scorer ranking goes to Murphy Crowe who grabbed her brace in the shortest time played.

Shout out to Emma Hooban who crossed for her try with only 22 minutes pitch time.

Try Assists

With 9 tries there are also 9 try assists and one player, Katheryn Dane, sent one third of the players over the line which puts the Ulster scrum half top the Try Assists table.

PLAYERMINS
PLAYED
ASSISTS
Kathryn Dane1813
Dorothy Wall2401
Eimear Considine2231
Aoife McDermott1841
Hannah Tyrrell1541
Stacey Flood1341
Laura Feely501

Meters Carried

718

IRELAND

604

OPPOSITION

Ireland did try to use their speedsters out wide and wingers Parsons and Murphy Crowe topped the meters per carry table, with full back Considine not far behind. Parsons carried for the Most Metres and Wall had the Most Carries, carving out the hard yards in the heavy traffic up front.

PLAYERMINS
PLAYED
METERSCARRIESMETERS
PER CARRY
Beibhinn Parsons2213092313.4
Eimear Considine2231971910.4
Dorothy Wall240178384.7
Sene Naoupu230177305.9
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe1021501212.5
Eve Higgins234138187.7

Offloads

17

IRELAND

20

OPPOSITION

Ireland averaged just under 6 offloads per game but I wish they would embrace the risk/rewards of this part of the game more.

Lindsay Peat led the way with three and is the only player to average one offload per game. However, with the speedsters Ireland have in the back three it really is an option they should be trying to develop further.

PLAYERMINS
PLAYED
OFFLOADS
Lindsay Peat1813
Beibhinn Parsons2212
Aoife McDermott1842
Emily Lane622
Eve Higgins2341
Sene Naoupu2301
Eimear Considine2231
Kathryn Dane1811
Hannah Tyrrell1541
Brittany Hogan1351
Stacey Flood1341
Laura Feely501

Tackles Completed

328

IRELAND
82.2% TACKLE SUCCESS

284

OPPOSITION
84.5% TACKLE SUCCESS

Ireland completed 328 tackles out of a total of 399 attempts for a 82.2% tackle success rate over the series. However, their tackle rates were around 90% against Wales and Italy but dropped to 70% against France who broke up the structured game that Ireland are happiest playing.

Wall competed the most tackles with 29 completed from 33 attempts but it’s Naoupu who is our Top Tackler with a 100% success rate from 27 attempts – though there was one over-exuberant attempt which fell out of the classification, going straight to penalty offence.

PLAYERMINS
PLAYED
TACKLES
MADE
MISSED
TACKLES
TACKLE
SUCCESS
Dorothy Wall24029488%
Sene Naoupu230270100%
Cliodhna Moloney19318386%
Brittany Hogan13518482%
Linda Djougang19316576%
Aoife McDermott18415194%

Turnovers Won

16

WON

40

CONCEDED

As the game has become more physical, more structured and more predictable in recent years the turnover has become more important. Ireland competed 16 turnovers over the three games and conceded 40. It seems to be an Irish problem with the men producing similar figures in their Six Nations.

Flood brought her 7s experience to the fore to complete 4 Turnovers Won.

PLAYERMINS
PLAYED
TURNOVERS
WON
TURNOVERS
CONCEDED
NET
TURNOVERS
Stacey Flood134422
Nichola Fryday218312
Aoife McDermott184312
Claire Molloy134202
Ciara Griffin156101
Hannah O’Connor113101
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe102101

Handling Errors

56

IRELAND

52

OPPOSITION

Ireland made a total of 56 handling errors over the three games which averages out as a couple more than their opponents per game. Unsurprisingly the scrum halves Dane and Lane top this category which generally reflective of the involvement of the various positions.

PLAYERMINS
PLAYED
HANDLING
ERRORS
Kathryn Dane1818
Emily Lane628
Dorothy Wall2406
Stacey Flood1346
Eve Higgins2344
Eimear Considine2233
Lindsay Peat1813
Hannah Tyrrell1543
Brittany Hogan1353

Penalties Conceded

44

IRELAND

41

OPPOSITION

Ireland conceded an average of just under 15 penalties per game which is one more per game than the opposition. With Ireland struggling to get to grips with their scrum technique in general it’s no surprise that front rowers Moloney and Peat are topping the charts here.

PLAYERMINS
PLAYED
PENS
CONCEDED
Cliodhna Moloney1936
Lindsay Peat1816
Nichola Fryday2184
Linda Djougang1934
Dorothy Wall2403
Sene Naoupu2303
Ciara Griffin1563
Laura Feely503

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