Ireland women reach semi-finals

Ireland women reach semi-finals

Ireland's women eased into the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup after a comfortable 40-5 victory over Kazakhstan in their final group game in Paris on Saturday.

Philip Doyle's side went into the game off the back of a sensational 17-14 victory over New Zealand, knowing that victory would be enough to put them into the last four for the first time in the competition's history.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)Their opponents' physical style meant that Ireland were anticipating a bruising encounter, but the women in green combatted that physicality with a performance laced with guile and skill.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)Sharon Lynch celebrated her debut with the opening try before Svetlana Karatygina replied for Kazakhstan.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)That was to be the Kazakhs' only score of the game as Ireland turned on the style.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)Fly-half Tania Rosser added a second converted try to make it 14-5 at half time, and it got better for Ireland soon after the restart when they were awarded a penalty try and further second half scores from debutant Lynch, Siobhan Fleming and Vikki McGinn sealed an impressive win for the women in green.They've done it! Congrats to Ireland Women who've beaten Kazakhstan 40-5 to book a place in the World Cup semi finals pic.twitter.com/1x5zKZSSYh— Ulster Rugby (@UlsterRugby) August 9, 2014

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