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Dramatic win for Ireland and consigns Scotland to wooden spoon

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A last-minute converted try from Ireland centre Enya Breen condemned Scotland to the wooden spoon as the final match of the 2022 Women’s Six Nations went all the way to the wire at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.

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The Scots were leading 14-8 as the game went into extra time but their hearts were broken by Breen, who forced her way over for the all-important try and maintained her composure to add the conversion that secured a 15-14 victory.

Scotland finish the tournament with five defeats from five matches yet they made a dream start with a fifth-minute try from number eight Evie Gallagher.

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Ireland’s Hannah O’Connor pulled three points back with a long-range penalty after 15 minutes and missed another kick that would have put her side in front.

However, the hosts struck on the stroke of half-time, with hooker Neve Jones driven over from a clinical line-out to turn around 8-5 in front.

Scotland made the more impressive start to the second half and drew level after 52 minutes with a penalty from Helen Nelson, who kicked two more as Ireland lost their discipline.

It looked enough to end their drought but Ireland, who finish fourth, produced one last push for victory and Breen delivered.

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