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Irish come from behind to triumph in Wales

Wales 19 Ireland 27

Second half scores from Cliodhna Moloney and Sene Naoupu sealed a 27-19 victory for Ireland against Wales at Ystrad Mynach, ahead of coach Adam Griggs' first Women's Six Nations campaign.

The visitors opened the scoring after four minutes when outside-half Niamh Briggs split the Welsh defence open, setting up a platform to attack inside the '22'. Wales went in at the interval with a 19-17 lead after a try from captain Carys Phillips and a Jess Kavanagh-Williams brace saw them bounce back from a 17-5 deficit.

In the second half the visitors the visitors came back fighting, and it was Wales' turn to face a period of sustained pressure.

With the clock ticking past the hour mark, Ireland scored the first points of the half to regain the lead, after a powerful drive from a five-metre line-out saw Cliodhna Moloney touch down from the base.

Sene Naoupu's conversion attempt was off target, leaving the encounter wide open heading into the final 15 minutes.

The power of the Irish pack continued to cause Wales a problem, and when the referee awarded a visitors a penalty from a five-metre scrum, a quick tap by scrum-half Hughes created the opportunity for Naoupu to power over an extend her side's lead to eight points.

Both sides now turn their attentions to the start of the Women's Six Nations campaign in two weeks.

 

Belfast Telegraph