27 Sept 2022

MOMENT 9 - Alison Miller scores brilliant try against New Zealand at World Cup in 2014


MOMENT 9 - Alison Miller scores brilliant try against New Zealand at World Cup in 2014

Alison Miller touches down in the corner against New Zealand at the 2014 World Cup.

We could have had more than one moment on this list from Alison Miller, but we've settled on her brilliant try against the All Blacks in 2014.

The game was played in France, at the 2014 Womens Rugby World Cup, and it is a historic game for a number of reasons.

First of all, Ireland beat the All Blacks in the game, 17-14, thus becoming the first Irish international team to beat an All Blacks side, and they also inflicted New Zealand's first ever defeat at a Womens Rugby World Cup.

The try came in the second half, as Ireland counter attacked after a New Zealand punt forward. Full-back Niamh Briggs collected the ball, and burst past a few New Zealand challengers before looking to her left, and picking out a now-sprinting Alison Miller, who had run a perfect support line.

Alison took the pass without breaking stride, and duly looped around the New Zealand scrum half, before setting her sights on the corner.


After an energy sapping game up to this point, Miller's run is all the more remarkable as you can see the physical toll the sprint is taking on her, but she refuses to slow down and continues, flat out, for the try line.

A late cover-tackle comes from the All Blacks, but Alison reaches the try line just in time, diving over and, before having a chance to draw breath, getting swamped by her ecstatic team mates.

It was a brilliant try on a brilliant day for Irish Rugby, with a Laois woman central to the team's success. Alison's rugby career has also encompassed a hat-trick against Scotland in the 6 Nations, as well as a 6 Nations title, but as a single moment, the try against New Zealand certainly stands out.


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