Scotland Women vs Ireland Women, Fri, 03/02/2017 - 18:35

Scotland Women
15 - 22
Full time
Ireland Women
Friday, 3 February, 2017 - 18:35 | Broadwood Stadium

Scotland Women showed what they’re made off against a strong Irish side, scoring two tries and holding onto a draw until the dying minutes of the game in their 2017 Six Nations opener at Broadwood Stadium.

Number 8 Jade Konkel marked her return to international rugby following seven months out with injury by securing both of Scotland’s tries and earning player of the match for her efforts.

Ireland answered back with two tries in each half with the fouth in teh last play of the game to win 15-22.

The visitors kicked off but were on the back foot with Scotland’s forwards driving Ireland back with a strong maul followed by a series of positive phases that resulted in Konkel’s first pick and go try at the four-minute mark.

Scrum-half Sarah Law added the extras to increase the lead 7-0. Ireland answered back with two tries through Sene Naoupu and Alison Miller to keep the visitors in contention, but Konkel reacted and touched down for her second to edge Scotland ahead 12-10.

After a solid first start at hooker for Scotland, Rachel Malcolm was replaced by Lucy Park after suffering a injury at the end of the first half.

Scotland were awarded a penalty at 36 minutes which Law duly converted in the slippery conditions to give her side a five-point lead going into the break.

HALF-TIME: Scotland 15 – 10 Ireland

A slower start to the second half saw both squads struggle to build phases. Scotland were down to 14 players after prop Lindsey Smith was yellow carded for an infringment in the lineout. 

Ireland capatlised and front-row Lindsay peat crashed over taking the score to 15-15 early in the second half. 

It was in the last quarter that centre Lisa Thomson made a powerful break to get Scotland and the crowd back into the match, but a fumbled offload gave Ireland possession and kicked into the hands of full-back Chloe Rollie who stormed up the pitch but was caught short.

Prop Heather Lockhart won her 85th cap when she came on to replace Tracy Balmer and after a sturdy scrum in Ireland’s half, centre Helen Nelson chipped the ball which Ireland knocked on to see them scrum again in the Irish 22.

Nelson looked for the break but Ireland reacted and made it hard for Scotland to reach the try line. Head Coach Shade Munro rung the changes to freshen up the Scottish side with lock Sarah Bonar and scrum-half Jenny Maxwell taking to the field.

The tension heightened as the final minutes approached with the score remaining 15-15 and Ireland piling the pressure in the Scots’ 22.

Scotland kept the work rate up and made it difficult for their opponents whose discipline scuppered their attack, but as the clock struck 80-minutes, centre Jenny Murphy found a gap and touched down between the posts, following an Irish line-out on Scotland’s five metre line.

Their first successful conversion of the match brought the final score to 15-22 to finish a tense affair on a cold, wet night in Cumbernauld.

FULL-TIME: Scotland 15 – 22 Ireland

Team lineups

Scotland Women
Ireland Women

Backs

15 Mairead Coyne
14 Niamh Kavanagh
13 Jenny Murphy
12 Sene Naoupu
11 Alison Miller
10 Nora Stapleton
9 Ailsa Hughes

Forwards

1 Lindsay Peat
2 Leah Lyons
3 Ailis Egan
4 Orla Fitzsimons
5 Marie-Louise Reilly
6 Ciara Griffin
7 Claire Molloy
8 Paula Fitzpatrick

Substitutes

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
Player of the match: 
Jade Konkel

Women's Six Nations Championship 2017 table

PosTeamPWLDPts
1England Women550010
2Ireland Women54109
3France Women53208
4Scotland Women52305
5Wales Women51404
6Italy Women50501

Women's Six Nations Championship 2017 latest results

France Women 39 v 19 Wales Women
Ireland Women 7 v 34 England Women
Scotland Women 14 v 12 Italy Women
Italy Women 5 v 28 France Women
England Women 64 v 0 Scotland Women