Record-breaking Ireland hammer Scotland in RBS Women’s Six Nations opener

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Record-breaking Ireland hammer Scotland in RBS Women’s Six Nations opener
Nora Stapleton and Larissa Muldoon helped the Irish team off to a record breaking start to their defence of the RBS Six Nations championship.

Nora Stapleton and Larissa Muldoon helped the Irish team off to a record breaking start to their defence of the RBS Six Nations championship.

Ireland hammered Scotland 59-0 at Ashbourne, Co Meath, eclipsing a 55-0 defeat of Japan from November 2004, as Philip Doyle’s team dominated from start to finish.

Second row Sophie Spence led the way with a hat-trick of tries against an overwhelmed Scottish side in what was Ireland’s first competitive outing since they lifted the Six Nations trophy in Italy last March.

Alison Miller, Heather O’Brien and Lynne Cantwell all grabbed a brace of tries, while Ailis Egan, Stacey-Lea Kennedy and Claire Molloy also touched down. Stapleton and Jenny Murphy posted a conversion each - a disappointing stat considering Ireland scored 11 tries and were 32-0 up at half-time.

Stapleton, a native of Fahan who now plays with Belvedere and Leinster, played the full match at out-half and Muldoon came on at scrum-half for the last 18 minutes. She is from Cappry and currently represents Bristol and the Exiles.

Ireland are back in action on Friday night when Wales visit Ashbourne

Ireland: Stephanie Johnston (Worcester); Katy Green (Darlington Mowden Park), Annabel Sergeant (Richmond), Gillian Inglis (Melrose), Megan Gaffney (Hillhead-Jordanhill); Lisa Martin (Murrayfield Wanderers), Sarah Law (Murrayfield Wanderers); Tracy Balmer (Worcester) (capt), Sarah Quick (Murrayfield Wanderers), Lindsay Smith (Hillhead-Jordanhill), Jade Konkel (Hillhead-Jordanhill), Deborah McCormack (Richmond), Tess Forsberg (Richmond), Ruth Slaven (Murrayfield Wanderers), Lindsay Wheeler (Saracens).

Replacements: Heather Lockhart (Hillhead-Jordanhill) for Smith, Louise Dalgliesh (RHC Cougars) for Law, Nikki McLeod (Stirling County) for Quick (all half-time), Laura Steven (Murrayfield Wanderers) for Green (48 mins), Emma Wassel (Murrayfield Wanderers) for Konkel (53), Tanya Griffiths (RHC Cougars) for Martin (62), Lisa Robertson (Murrayfield Wanderers) for Balmer (64), Anna Stodter (Loughborough University) for Slaven (66).