DONEGAL GIRLS HELP IRELAND TO WOMEN’S RUGBY TRIPLE CROWN

first_imgDONEGAL rugby star Larissa Muldoon and Nora Stapleton are celebrating tonight after helping Ireland’s Women wrap up the Triple Crown with a convincing 30-3 RBS 6 Nations win over Scotland.Ireland’s third victory from three matches this season maintains their push for the Grand Slam and also rubber-stamped their qualification for the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup.Scotland, who had failed to score a point in their opening two defeats to England and Italy, did take the lead at Lasswade – centre Lisa Ritchie kicking the hosts ahead with an early penalty. But back came Ireland and impressive full-back Niamh Briggs leveled things up on 23 minutes before the first try of the match arrived – Miller, who scored a hat-trick against England – finishing off a sweeping move in the corner.Scotland refused to wilt however and exerted considerable pressure on Ireland in the closing stages of the first half – only for a crucial turnover from Ashleigh Baxter to ensure that the visitors held on for an 8-3 lead at the break.Still the Irish didn’t having things their own way in the second half and continued errors saw Scotland grow in confidence.But when Briggs landed a penalty after Scotland fly-half Tanya Griffith was sin-binned for persistent infringements, Ireland settled back into their stride and the floodgates duly opened. Miller was the tormentor-in-chief again, clinically finishing off her fifth try in two matches, which Briggs converted before flanker Siobhan Fleming scored try number three for Ireland.Briggs rounded off a fine individual performance with a try of her own but hit the upright with her conversion attempt, ending up with a personal haul of 15 points, securing Ireland their first ever Triple Crown.Victory also means that Ireland, who host France next, are just two wins away from their maiden RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam.15 Niamh Briggs14 Ashleigh Baxter13 Lynne Cantwell12 Jenny Murphy11 Alison Miller10 Nora Stapleton9 Larissa Muldoon1 Fiona Coghlan2 Gillian Bourke3 Ailis Egan4 Sophie Spence5 Marie Louise Reilly6 Siobhan Fleming7 Claire Molloy8 Joy Neville Replacements:16 Stacey-Lea Kennedy17 Fiona Hayes18 Lauren Day19 Leigh Dargan20 Laura Guest21 Amy Davis22 Grace Davitt23 Niamh KavanaghDONEGAL GIRLS HELP IRELAND TO WOMEN’S RUGBY TRIPLE CROWN was last modified: February 23rd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL GIRLS HELP IRELAND TO WOMEN’S RUGBY TRIPLE CROWNlast_img read more

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