Scotland Women V Ireland Women
After steady progress this championship, Scotland Women couldn’t handle the attentions of a clinical Irish side this afternoon (Sunday 22 March) at Broadwood Stadium and went down 3-73 in the final round of this year’s 6 Nations.
Taking the lead from their national men’s side, the win and ensuing points difference, saw the girls in green secure this season’s championship on Scottish soil.
The young Scots were challenged in their basic skills and costly errors saw them the wrong side of a record score line for the Irish in this fixture.
Head coach Jules Maxton said: “It was a very disappointing last game. Today was not consistent with the way we have performed in the other games.
“Although we have made progress there is still a lot of work to be done.”
Ireland captain Briggs scored the first try of the match after just five minutes, wide with her conversion but adding the extras through a penalty eight minutes later. Despite strongly gusting wind, Nuala Deans landed Scotland’s only points moments later with a well struck penalty.
Missed passes, indecision and basic errors at the set piece opened the door just shy of 20 minutes as a rolling maul was eventually finished by Ireland’s Molloy then O'Brien to add her name to the scoresheet, followed by Bourke then Miller, Briggs adding the various extras to put the Irish 37-3 ahead at the break.
After two tries early in the second half – from Miller and Fitzpatrick – Ireland were off and away, though Scotland’s no 8 and ultimate player of the match Jade Konkel put in another terrific shift to power through the defence on the occasions the home side had ball.
Some clever chipping ahead and running the ball gave fullback Chloe Rollie a chance to show what she could do, but chances were few and far between as Ireland took a stranglehold on the game.
The visitors crossed the 50-point mark with a try from Spence, the Irish rolling maul powerful and ever-effective. Rosser, Miller again and Murphy crossed, the latter in the last minute to clock up 11 tries for the visitors and Ireland – with an impressive support in tow – celebrated regaining the 6 Nations trophy.
After promising progress in the first four games, Scotland will be hugely disappointed with today’s performance, hoping to end their season on a positive note, and must now analyse and work on the areas which let them down today.