2020年2月28日

Irelands Women off to a dream start –

Ireland(7)19

Tries:Muldoon,Griffin,SpenceCons:Stapleton2

Australia(5)17

Tries:Murphy,Parry,SamoaCon:Hewson

OntheopeningdayoftheWomen’sRugbyUnionWorldcup,HostteamIrelandcreatedamajorshockintheiropeningGroupCgamebydefeatingastrongAustralianoutfitinDublin。

WithbothteamsscoringatryapieceinthefirsthalvethroughIreland’sLarissaMuldoonreplyingtoMahaliaMurphy’sopener。

TheonlydifferencebeingthebootofNoraStapletonwhokickedIrelandsconversionattempt。

ThescoredhalfwasjustasclosewithAustraliasneakingintotheleadwithatrybyShannonParry,onlyforIrishduoCiaraGriffinandSophieSpencetocrossthetrylinegivingIrelandtheadvantage,Stapletonaddedoneoftheconversions。

AustralianevergaveupandcausedplentyofnerveswhenPropforwardHilshaSamoascored,whichwasconvertedbyAshleighHewsontomakethegaptwopoints,butthehostsheldouttomakeittheperfectstart!

IntheotherGroupCgame,astrongFrenchteamhammeredJapan72-14,withJapanhavingaplayersentoffduringthegame,whileelsewheredefendingchampionsEnglandhadaneasieropeningtothetournamentscoring10triesinthevictoryoverSpainthatfinished56-5,whileintheothergroupBgametheUSAopenedtheiraccountwitha24-12winoverItaly。

Inthefinalgrouptogetstarted,theMightyBlackFernsfromNewZealand,beatWales44-12andinthefinalgameofthedayOutsidecontainersCanadawelcomednewcomersHongKongtotheWorldcupwitha98-0thrashingtoseethemtopgroupAafterthefirstgame。

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