6N: Two Wins Start Ireland's Weekend
Ireland have crossed over to Scotland for their Six Nations weekend and started it with two wins – by the Women and by the Under-20s.
The margins of victory were much the same – 22-5 for the women and 24-5 for the Under-20s.
It was wet, windy and cold at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow on Friday night when a strong second enabled Ireland to bounce back from their heavy defeat against England’s to beat the Scots, scoring four tries to one.
For the Scots is was their second defeat following last weekend’s home defeat against Italy.
Ireland scored first, Scotland drew level and at half-time Ireland led 10-5. Two unanswered tries in the second half ensured an Irish victory.
Back from last season’s broken leg, wing Allison Miller celebrated with the first try of the second half.
Tries: Aoife McDermott, Leah Lyons, Alison Miller, Anna Caplice
Con: Nicole Fowley
Try: Hannah Smith
Scotland: 15 Chloe Rollie, 14 Liz Musgrove, 13 Hannah Smith, 12 Lisa Thomson (captain), 11 Annabel Sergeant, 10 Helen Nelson, 9 Mhairi Grieve, 8 Sarah Bonar, 7 Rachel McLachlan, 6 Rachel Malcolm, 5 Deborah McCormack, 4 Emma Wassell, 3 Megan Kennedy, 2 Lana Skeldon, 1 Lisa Cockburn
Replacements: 16 Jodie Rettie, 17 Katie Dougan, 18 Mairi Forsyth, 19 Sophie Anderson, 20 Nicola Howat, 21 Sarah Law, 22 Lisa Martin, 23 Rhona Lloyd
Ireland: 15 Lauren Delany, 14 Eimear Considine, 13 Sene Naoupu, 12 Michelle Claffey, 11 Alison Miller, 10 Nicole Fowley, 9 Ailsa Hughes, 8 Ciara Griffin (captain), 7 Claire Molloy, 6 Anna Caplice, 5 Nichola Fryday, 4 Aoife McDermott, 3 Leah Lyons, 2 Emma Hooban, 1 Laura Feely
Replacements: 16 Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird, 17 Linda Djougang, 18 Fiona Reidy, 19 Claire Boles, 20 Claire McLaughlin, 21 Kathryn Dane, 22 Ellen Murphy, 23 Megan Williams
Referee: Maria Beatrice Benvenuti (Italy)
Assistant referees: Clara Munarini (Italy), tba (Scotland)
Television match official: Stefano Roscini (Italy)
It was cold and wet at Galashiels on Friday night and the Scots began with great determination but Ireland, with three tries to one, were full value for their win.
Ireland scored one try in the first half, led 10-0 at half time and then scored two more tries in the second half.
Scotland’s try came in the last 10 minutes when they were reduced to 14 men after Robbie McCallum, who plays club rugby in Spain, was yellowcarded for tripping.
Tries: Tierney-Martin, Hodnett, Wren
Cons: Byrne 3
Scotland: 15 Rufus McLean, 14 Rory McMichael, 13 Cameron Anderson, 12 Robbie McCallum, 11 Jack Blain, 10 Ross Thompson, 9 Roan Frostwick, 8 Charlie Jupp, 7 Connor Boyle (captain), 6 Kwagga van Niekerk, 5 Cameron Henderson, 4 Ewan Johnson, 3 Murphy Walker, 2 Euan Ashman, 1 Sam Grahamslaw
Replacements: 16 Angus Fraser, 17 Andrew Nimmo, 18 Euan McLaren, 19 Ross Bundy, 20 Jack Mann, 21 Kyle McGhie, 22 Nathan Chamberlain, 23 Matt Davidson
Ireland: 15 Jake Flannery, 14 Conor Phillips, 13 Liam Turner, 12 David Hawkshaw (captain), 11 Jonathan Wren, 10 Harry Byrne, 9 Cormac Foley, 8 John Hodnett, 7 Scott Penny, 6 Martin Moloney, 5 Niall Murray, 4 Charlie Ryan, 3 Thomas Clarkson, 2 Dylan Tierney-Martin,1 Josh Wycherley
Replacements: 16 John McKee, 17 Michael Milne, 18 Luke Masters, 19 Brian Deeny, 20 David McCann, 21 Colm Reilly, 22 Sean French, 23 Rob Russell
Referee: Andrea Piardi (Italy)
Assistant referees: Federico Vedovelli (Italy), Gianluca Gnecchi (Italy)
Assessor: Martin Fox (England)