The Irish Women’s team went down to a 36-24 loss to Australia today at Kingspan Stadium meaning they have to play a seventh place play-off on Saturday.
Nora Stapleton from Fahan converted an early Ailis Egan try, but Australia were comfortable winners.
Picture caption: Larissa Muldoon in action against Australia.
Stapleton’s conversion gave Ireland a 7-5 lead, but Australia led 19-12 at the break.
Australia tacked on a succession of scores to lead 36-12 before Sophie Spence and Paula Fitzpatrick got over for late Ireland tries that put a gloss on the scoreline.
Stapleton was joined in the side in the second half by Ballybofey woman Larissa Muldoon, who gave Ireland a big lift and improved the attack.
The scrum-half gave the Irish real pace and purpose, but it wasn’t enough for the Girls in Green to mount a comeback.
They face Canada or Wales in the seventh place play-off on Saturday.Tags: