France Beats Ireland to Advance to World Cup Semi-Finals

August 17, 2017

France Beats Ireland to Advance to World Cup Semi-Finals


Photo: INPHO/Oisin Keniry (France number eight Safi N’Diaye is tackled by Lindsay Peat)

Doug Coil

France beat Ireland 21-5 to win Pool C and advance to the semi-finals at the UCD Bowl, in Dublin on Thursday 17th August.

France will play England in the semi-finals, while New Zealand will play the USA in the other semi-final. Ireland will face Australia in the 5th to 8th bracket.

In the opening round, France beat Japan 72-14, while Ireland beat Australia 19-17. In the second round, France won 48-0 against Australia, while Ireland beat Japan 24-14.

The match was streamed worldwide on In France the match was broadcast on France 2TV. In the Republic of Ireland the match was broadcast by Eir Sport and RTE and in the UK by ITV 4.

France v Ireland

France controlled the possession and used a fast pace to jump to a 21-0 lead at the break.

Romane Menager scored the first try, with Monserrat Amedee converting for a 7-0 lead. Caroline Ladagnous then added a try, which was converted by Shannon Izar. Ladgnous added a second try with Amedee converting to take a 21-0 lead at halftime.

In the 43rd minute a yellow card was issued to Lenaïg Corson. Ireland used this to attack near the try line, however a knock on resulted in a scrum to France. A penalty then allowed France to clear the ball to midfield.

Ireland lost another scoring opportunity after going through 24 phases before being held up in-goal. The ensuing 5 meter scrum was held up and resulted in a scrum to France. Once again, France was able to repel the attack.

Ireland was finally able to score in the closing seconds as Cliodhna Moloney went over for a pick-and-go try, making the final score 21-5 to France.

The teams will now head to Belfast with France meeting England in a semi-final and Ireland meeting Australia in the 5-8th bracket.


France v Ireland: 1 Annaëlle Deshayes 2 Gaëlle Mignot (captain) 3 Julie Duval 4 Lenaïg Corson 5 Audrey Forlani 6 Marjorie Mayans 7 Romane Menager 8 Safi N’Diaye 9 Yanna Rivoalen 10 Caroline Drouin 11 Shannon Izar 12 Elodie Poublan 13 Caroline Ladagnous 14 Chloé Pelle 15 Montserrat Amedee 16 Caroline Thomas 17 Lise Arricastre 18 Patricia Carricaburu 19 Céline Ferer 20 Julie Annery 21 Jade Le Pesq 22 Carla Neisen 23 Camille Grassineau

Ireland v France: 1. Lindsay Peat 2. Leah Lyons 3. Ailis Egan 4. Sophie Spence 5. Marie-Louise Reilly 6. Ciara Griffin 7. Claire Molloy (C) 8. Paula Fitzpatrick 9. Nicole Cronin 10. Nora Stapleton 11. Alison Miller 12. Sene Naoupu 13. Jenny Murphy 14. Eimear Considine 15. Hannah Tyrrell 16. Cliodhna Moloney 17. Ruth O’Reilly 18. Ciara O’Connor  19. Ashleigh Baxter  20. Heather O’Brien 21. Larissa Muldoon 22. Katie Fitzhenry 23. Louise Galvin

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