Ireland Women Prove too Strong for Scotland

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Ireland Women 6 tries – 0 Scotland Women

Despite the overnight snow and icy conditions, the Irish and Scottish Women’s teams completed their weekend training camps on Sunday afternoon with a friendly match played on a very snowy pitch at Belfast Harlequins.

Both teams had spent the weekend preparing for Sunday’s game, with the Irish side training at the University of Ulster Jordanstown’s 3-G facilities and the Scottish women using the facilities at Cooke RFC.

This was the final opportunity for coaches to assess players ahead of the 6 Nations tournament in February. The game was divided into two thirty minute periods, followed by a twenty minute session which gave both management teams ample opportunity to give all players a run out.

Despite the very cold conditions, both sides played open and entertaining rugby, taking every opportunity to move the ball wide and put into practice the various moves that had been worked on during the weekend’s training.

At the end of the 80 minutes, Ireland had outscored their opponents by six tries to nil and were worthy of their victory at the full-time whistle. Sunday’s match saw Ulster and Cooke’s Eliza Downey make her debut for Ireland, playing at full-back, while former Cooke and Ulster player Amy Davis, scored two of the six tries.

The IRFU Ulster Branch would like to thank Belfast Harlequins for hosting the game and making every effort to ensure that the match went ahead despite the snow.

Report: Máire Cahill

Picture: Angus Bicker

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