No Points in Bok’s 3rd Loss

Ireland recorded their first win of the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2006 with a comprehensive 37-0 defeat of South Africa at St Albert Rugby Club.

Ireland, having won the coin toss, elected to start with the wind in their faces and kick off to South Africa.  It proved a wise decision once the wind picked up in the second half and aided in the clearing kicks of Irish full back Sarahjane Belton.  With that strong wind behind them, Ireland cruised to victory, their first of the tournament.

At one and a half minutes in, Ireland were awarded a penalty for hands in by South Africa right on the 22m line in front of the posts.  The penalty was made easily and put Ireland in the lead 3-0.

Ireland scored their first try of the match at just under nine minutes in, when with quick ball off a lineout on the South Africa 22m line, Ireland’s flanker Orla Brennan broke through the defensive line finally being pulled down just off the try line. 

Brennan kept her wits and quickly offloaded on the way down to number 8 Joy Neville, who fell over the line for the score. With the conversion missed, Ireland were now up 10-0.

Mid way through the first half, Ireland struck again with very quick ball from a number 8 pick at the base of the scrum. 

A missed defensive assignment left scrum half Tania Rosser plenty of daylight to trot over the line for score number three, to leave the score at 15-0.

Ireland were relentless in attack, and just five minutes later, began a movement off a tremendous driving maul that was halted only by a penalty to South Africa for coming in at the side. 

The ensuing lineout positioned Ireland deep in the South African end where, following yet another penalty, this time a yellow card to a South African prop- Ireland capitalized and drove the ball over the line with their forwards.  The try was scored by prop Fiona Coghlan.

Just prior to the whistle at half time, Ireland’s Rosser moved the ball quickly out wide, and once safely inside the 22m, offloaded to a streaking Jeannette Feighery who touched down for the score near the touchline.  The conversion was missed again, leaving the half time score to Ireland 25-0.

Ireland opened the second half with much of the same dominance as the first half –with strong runs out wide following great set piece work by the forward pack.

After Ireland spent the majority of the first 13 minutes of play deep in the South African end, with the wind swirling behind them, South Africa finally managed to break the gain line and step inside the Ireland half. 

The effort went unconverted though, as they gave up key possession and full back Sarahjane Belton took advantage of the wind and belted a beautiful clearing kick three quarters of the way down the pitch.

20 minutes in, Ireland finally broke the second half drought after tenacious defence from South Africa finally broke down, and allowed Ireland captain Belton enough space to score out wide to the right of the posts.  Trouble with conversions remained, and the score sat at 30-0.

After 15 minutes of back and forth play between the two sides, Ireland looked to make a break from inside their half, only to have inside centre Lynne Cantwell chased down from behind inside South Africa’s 22. 

Thanks to an ensuing penalty to Ireland, the South African team managed to stymie any momentum from the big run and kept the Irish team off the board for a short time.

After repeatedly struggling to break the gain line, South Africa took a few chances, which saw quick turnover ball being recycled quickly to captain Belton, who, after making a tremendous effort to break outside the South African defence, offloaded to fresh replacement Mairead Kelly who crossed the line under the posts.  The try was converted, leaving the final score a convincing 37-0 win over South Africa.


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