Ireland's Rugby World Cup dream dashed as Scotland's lives on
Scotland’s women kept their 2021 World Cup qualification hopes alive with a last-minute try that earned them a 20-18 win over Ireland in Italy.
They were trailing 13-8 with time running out when full-back Chloe Rollie went over for a try that levelled the scores and Sarah Law maintained her composure to land the successful conversion to earn the Scots a place in the repechage and break Irish hearts.
Prop Linda Djougang scored the first try of the final round of European qualifying to give Ireland a 5-0 lead but Helen Nelson kicked a penalty for Scotland and a try from winger Rhona Lloyd put them 8-5 ahead at the break.
Lana Skeldon extended the lead to 13-5 by burrowing over from close range but the game appeared to tilt Ireland’s way when Lindsay Peat went over for a try and Stacey Flood kicked a third goal to make it 18-13.
The Irish then had Eve Higgins sin-binned for a dangerous tackle and Scotland took full advantage to grab the last-gasp winner.
Ireland’s defeat means they lose their record of having appeared at every women’s World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1991.
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