Alison Miller, and Ireland’s, hopes of World Cup glory were dashed over the last seven days, as successive defeats to England and France saw them finish fourth at the Women’s RWC in Paris.
In last Wednesday’s semi-final against England, Ireland started well with a try from Gillian Bourke in the 15th minute, but that would be as good as it got.
England, beaten in three successive finals, came roaring back to claim a 40-7 victory, showing a brave Ireland side no mercy as they qualified for the final against Canada.
As a result of that loss, Ireland proceeded to the third/fourth place playoff against hosts France. With their form having deserted them against England, Philip Doyle’s side played much better in the game with France on Sunday.
Tries from Niamh Briggs and Grave Davitt had Ireland 15-10 up at half time, and they were winning by a point heading into injury time, only for France to score a try at the death to seal third place.
Ireland eventually finished fourth, and in doing so secured the country’s highest ever finish at a Rugby World Cup.