|Eire (8) 15|
|Tries: Jones, Breen Con: Breen Pen: O’Connor|
|Scotland (5) 14|
|Attempt: Gallagher Pens: Nelson 3|
They led because the clock ticked into the purple thanks largely to a dominant third quarter, however Eire’s relentless stress lastly instructed as Breen surged over earlier than touchdown the essential kick.
It appeared that Scotland had finished sufficient to assert their first victory of the match and depart Eire sitting backside of the desk in head coach Greg McWilliams’ first marketing campaign on the helm.
Helen Nelson’s three second-half penalties gave them a six-point lead after participant of the match Neve Jones had put Eire in entrance simply earlier than half-time.
Very important win in Eire’s quest to show web page
Of their first marketing campaign beneath McWilliams, Eire have been decided to make use of the Six Nations to mark the start of a brand new chapter after a torrid 2021 that got here to a head – a minimum of on the pitch – in a defeat by Scotland that ended their hopes reaching the World Cup.
With one win from their opening 4, the results of the ultimate sport in Belfast would bear large significance for a aspect looking for early momentum of their rebuild.
Christine Belisle gained the primary penalty permitting the guests to kick to the nook and maul to inside an inch of the Irish line. Eire’s defence initially repelled Scotland’s efforts however ultimately Gallagher powered over for the opening rating.
Circumstances made life exceedingly troublesome for each side who struggled to maintain ball in hand, though ultimately Eire moved by the gears buoyed by an unrelenting residence help.
Hannah O’Connor’s lengthy distance penalty put them on the scoreboard earlier than magnificent, hard-hitting defence – led by entrance rows Jones and Linda Djougang – pushed Scotland again to additional shift the momentum.
The house attempt arrived only a minute earlier than half-time, with Jones touching down in the back of a maul that drove all of 10 metres to succeed in the whitewash.
Dogged Scottish defence inches away from sealing win
The primary 20 minutes of the second half appeared to be the sport’s decisive interval as Scotland took management in territory and possession whereas Eire struggled to maintain a lid on their penalty depend.
Because the infringements rose, Nelson took benefit with three penalties to maneuver her aspect into the largest lead of the evening.
With 10 minutes left, they lastly carved out a penalty within the Scottish half and, having initially seemed to have opted for a kick at aim, despatched the ball to the nook.
It could show a good move, as for the rest of the sport they remained nearly solely contained in the 22.
They got here near discovering the very important rating on a number of events however Scotland’s defence refused to buckle – with Emma Orr racing again to beat Jones to a ball bouncing within the in-goal space after the Irish hooker had charged down an tried clearance.
Of their remaining function of the cube, Eire put collectively their most correct attacking set of the day to maintain ball in hand earlier than discovering Breen, who put right here head down and bulldozed by a deal with and over the road to spark joyous scenes on the terraces.
There was nonetheless the all-important conversion to return and together with her staff standing behind, Breen despatched the kick between the posts.
Eire: Irwin; Doyle, Naoupu, Breen, Scuffil-McCabe; Caughey, Dane; Djougang, Jones, Haney, Fryday (capt), Monaghan, Wall, McMahon, O’Connor.
Replacements: Hooban, Pearse, O’Dwyer, McDermott, Moore, Og O’Leary, Hughes, Claffey.
Scotland: Rollie; Lloyd, Thomson, Nelson, Campbell, Legislation, Mattinson; Wright, Skeldon, Belisle, Wassell, Bonar, Malcolm, McLachlan, Gallagher.
Replacements: Rettie, Bartlett, Dougan, McMillan, Donaldson, McDonald, Orr, Gaffney.