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Ireland players celebrate as Sophie Spence scores her side's third try Australia
last night. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

Ireland players celebrate as Sophie Spence scores her side's third try Australia last night. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

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Ireland players celebrate as Sophie Spence scores her side's third try Australia last night. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

Ireland coach Tom Tierney hailed the character of his side after they got their Womens Rugby World Cup campaign off to a winning start with a gritty 19-17 win over Australia last night.

Tierney's side had to dig deep to see off a late rally but they held on for a precious victory ahead of their meeting with Japan back at the UCD Bowl on Sunday.

Tries from Larissa Muldoon, Ciara Griffin and Sophie Spence ensured that the hosts ran out winners but Tierney warned that plenty of improvements must be made for Japan and France next week.

"There was a lot of tension before the game and during it as you can see from the key areas where we let ourselves down at critical times but to get the win is all that matters," relieved head coach Tom Tierney said. "To be honest, in the pool stages, I don't care how we win as long as we do win. It wasn't pretty."

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