WRWC: Ireland beat Australia, Day 1
Round 1 of the Women's World Cup was played on Wednesday at University College Dublin.
Of the six matches, four had big winners, one a comfortable win and one a thoroughly close call.
In the close call the home team, Ireland, beat Australia 19-7.
Results, Round 1
New Zealand vs Wales, 44-12
Canada vs Hong Kong, 98-0
England vs Spain, 56-5
USA vs Italy, 24-12
Ireland vs Australia, 19-7
France vs Japan, 72-14
Ireland vs Australia
These were two strong, evenly matches sides.
Half way through the first half scrumhalf Larissa Muldoon scored a try for Ireland, which her halfback partner Nora Stapleton converted.
Just before 30 minutes left wing Muihalia Murphy scored for Australia, to make the half score 7-5 to Ireland.
Flank Shannon Parry's try gave Australia a 10-7 lead but tries by replacements Ciara Griffin and Sophie Spence took the score to 19-10.
With just five minutes left centre Kayla Sauvao scored a try for Australia. Ashleigh Hewson's conversion ended the match.
Each side scored three tries. The difference in the final score was just two conversions to one.
Tries: Larissa Muldoon, Ciara Griffin, Sophie Spence
Cons: Nora Stapleton 2
Tries: Muihalia Murphy, Shannon Parry, Kayla Sauvao
Con: Ashleigh Hewson
Ireland 15 Hannah Tyrrell, 14 Eimear Considine, 13 Sene Naoupu, 12 Jenny Murphy, 11 Alison Miller, 10 Nora Stapleton, 9 Larissa Muldoon, 8 Heather O'Brien, 7 Claire Molloy, 6 Ashleigh Baxter, 5 Marie Louise Reilly, 4 Paula Fitzpatrick, 3 Ailis Egan, 2 Cliodhna Moloney, 1 Lindsay Peat
Replacements: 16 Leah Lyons, 17 Ruth O'Reilly, 18 Ciara O'Connor, 19 Sophie Spence, 20 Ciara Griffin, 21 Nicole Cronin, 22 Katie Fitzhenry, 23 Mairead Coyne
Australia: 15 Samantha Treherne, 14 Nareta Marsters, 13 Kayla Sauvao, 12 Sharni Williams, 11 Mahalia Murphy, 10 Trilleen Pomare, 9 Katrina Barker, 8 Grace Hamilton, 7 Shannon Parry, 6 Mollie Gray, 5 Millie Boyle, 4 Chloe Butler, 3 Hilisha Samoa, 2 Cheyenne Campbell, 1 Liz Patu
Replacements: 16 Emily Robinson, 17 Violeta Tupuola, 18 Hana Ngaha, 19 Rebecca Clough, 20 Alisha Hewett, 21 Fenella Hake, 22 Sarah Riordan, 23 Ashleigh Hewson
Referee: Tim Baker (Hong Kong)
Assistant referees: Sara Cox (England), Rose LaBrèche (Canada)
Television match official: David Grashoff (England)
Round 2 Fixtures
Round 2 takes place at UCD on Sunday, 13 August 2017.
New Zealand vs Hong Kong at Billings Park, University College Dublin
England vs Italy at Billings Park, University College Dublin
USA vs Spain at University College Dublin Bowl
Canada vs Wales at Billings Park, University College Dublin
Ireland vs Japan at University College Dublin Bowl
France vs Australia at University College Dublin Bowl