Scotland Women (15) 15
TRY: Jade Konkel (2). CON: Sarah Law. PEN: Sarah Law.
Ireland Women (10) 22
TRY: Sene Naoupu, Alison Miller, Lindsay Peat, Jenny Murphy. CON: Nora Stapleton.

Jenny Murphy crossed in the last play of the game to give Ireland Women a bonus point win against their Scottish counterparts in a hard fought game at Broadwood Stadium last night. 

Ireland were somewhat fortunate to escape with a full points haul, Sene Naoupu, Alison Miller and Lindsay Peat, scoring the earlier tries, but one game down and their RBS Six Nations campaign is up and running with that all important bonus point win. 

Scotland applied the early pressure and the hosts were ahead inside five minutes, the impressive Jade Konkel crashing over for the opening score. Sarah Law added the extras to give the Scots a 7 – 0 lead. 

At the time it looked like it was only going to be a temporary blip for the Irish as they responded immediately to send Sene Naoupu over in the corner after good work by Alison Miller to keep the move alive. 

Scotland were ahead inside five minutes when Louise McMillan broke clear and was held at the line, with player-of-the-match Konkel forcing her way over for the opening try which was converted by Law.

Ireland responded immediately, hemming the hosts in their 22 and Naoupu ploughed in at the corner after Scotland coughed up possession. Stapleton missed the conversion from out wide but Ireland continued to press and, despite messing up a couple of 5m scrums, Ireland finally got their noses in front when Alison Miller crossed in the same corner. 

Stapleton was again short with the conversion but it looked as though Ireland would push on with the score now reading Scotland 7 Ireland 10. 

However, this was a much improved Scottish side and they exposed more than a few defensive frailties in the Irish side to storm up field for Konkel to cross for her second. Law missed the conversion but she was on target minutes later to push the hosts lead to 15 – 10 with a successful penalty. A score the teams took into the break. 

It looked as though the game was finally going to go Ireland’s way when Lindsay Smith was yellow carded for a lineout infringement and within minutes Lindsay Peat was racing through to score. The conversion was missed leaving it a tied game at 15 all. 

The Scots enjoyed the better of the final quarter but couldn’t convert their chances and as the clock ticked past the 80 minute mark up stepped Murphy to crash over for the winning score. Stapleton converted to give Ireland a 15 – 22 win. 

Ireland Women: Mairead Coyne, Niamh Kavanagh, Jenny Murphy, Sene Naoupu, Alison Miller, Nora Stapleton, Ailsa Hughes, Lindsay Peat, Leah Lyons, Ailis Egan, Orla Fitzsimons, Marie Louise Reilly, Ciara Griffin, Claire Molloy, Paula Fitzpatrick. Replacements: Jennie Finlay, Ilse van Staden, Ciara O’Connor, Elaine Anthony, Nichola Fryday, Mary Healy, Claire McLaughlin, Eimear Considine.

RBS Women’s Six Nations Round 1 Results.

Scotland Women 15 – 22 Ireland Women
Italy Women 8 – 20 Wales Women
England Women 26 – 13 France Women


RBS Women’s Six Nations Standings.

Ireland Women 1 1 0 0 22 15 7 1 5
England Women 1 1 0 0 26 13 13 0 4
Wales Women 1 1 0 0 20 8 12 0 4
Scotland Women 1 0 0 1 15 22 -7 1 1
Italy Women 1 0 0 1 8 20 -12 0 0
France Women 1 0 0 1 13 26 -13 0 0


Picture Gallery: Photo Credit Adrian Henry,