Grif­fin scores two tries in Six Na­tions win

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - SPORT -

IT was a week to re­mem­ber for Ire­land women’s cap­tain Ciara Grif­fin.

The Bal­ly­ma­cel­lig­ott na­tive in­spired her coun­try to a 21-8 vic­tory over Italy last Sun­day, and helped her­self to two sec­ond half tries in the process. Me­gan Wil­liams had set the ball rolling with a try in the first half be­fore Grif­fin got in on the act in the sec­ond pe­riod. Ni­amh Briggs also had a good day with the boot and con­verted all three ef­forts.

Grif­fin, play­ing in the piv­otal num­ber 8 po­si­tion, has grown as a player since be­ing se­lected as cap­tain at the start of the women’s 6 Na­tions com­pe­ti­tion. Her or­gan­i­sa­tional skills were also very much in ev­i­dence against Italy, and her abil­ity to get the best out of her col­leagues could see the na­tional school teacher in the skip­per role for a long time to come.

A set­back for Ire­land was the in­jury to fly­ing winger Ali­son Miller who frac­tured her an­kle in the first half. Kerry na­tive Ciara O’Con­nor made an ap­pear­ance for her coun­try in the 61st minute and put in a solid per­for­mance in the front row. Ire­land’s next out­ing is on Fe­bru­ary 25 when they wel­come Wales to Don­ny­brook.

Mun­ster romped to a bonus point 35-0 win over Ze­bre in the Guin­ness Pro 14 tie at Thomond Park last Satur­day. Two tries from Sammy Arnold, Brian Scott, man of the match Robin Copeland, and Niall Scan­nell helped the Mun­ster lads to a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory.

JJ Han­ra­han got a run out at num­ber 10 and landed one of the con­ver­sions, with his re­place­ment Ian Keat­ley slot­ting over three more in the sec­ond half. Mun­ster are now in sec­ond place in the ta­ble on 48 points and are away to fourth placed Cardiff on Fe­bru­ary 17 for the next round of the com­pe­ti­tion.

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