Watch: Larissa Muldoon scores Women’s Rugby World Cup’s first try as Ireland pip Australia

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LARISSA MULDOON SCORED the first try of Ireland’s Women’s Rugby World Cup this evening as Ireland opened with a dramatic 19-17 win over Australia at the Belfield Bowl in Dublin.

In a brave performance by the tournament hosts, Cappry native Muldoon popped in for a 20th minute try, which was in turn converted by Fahan’s Nora Stapleton for a magnificent start for both Ireland and the Donegal duo.  See Muldoon’s try below courtesy of Eir Sport.

Ten minutes later, Australia pulled a try back from  Mahalia Murphy to make the half-time score Ireland 7-5 Australia.

That’s the way it stayed until Australia eked in front in the 59th minute when  Shannon Parry  touched down for a three-point advantage. However, two minutes later, Ciara Griffin grabbed Ireland’s second try and Stapleton converted to put Ireland back in the driving seat, 14-10 in front. Eleven minutes from time, Sophie Spence added another Irish try – with the TMO providing the official word – and it was 19-10 to the side managed by Tom Tierney.

Hilisha Samao scored a late try for Australia and with Ashleigh Hewson converting there was a nervy finish but Ireland held on to win and will play Japan in their second pool match on Sunday, with France the other team in Pool C.

MA in Journalism graduate from NUI Galway and BBS Marketing and NC in Online Marketing from LyIT, who has worked covering sport in Donegal since 2004. Part of Donegal Democrat who won McNamee awards in 2013 and 2015 for 'best provincial publication'. Reseacher for 'Jimmy's Winnin' Matches' documentary and Rory Kavanagh's autobiography 'Winning'

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