Ireland head coach Greg McWilliams admits there are areas for his side to work on following a 27-19 loss to Wales in the opening round of TikTok’s Women’s Six Nations.
Ireland led 19-15 going into the final ten minutes, but two early tries from substitutes Donna Rose and Hannah Jones meant it was Wales who took the points.
And new coach McWilliams is aware of the challenges Ireland face ahead of a daunting trip to France next week.
He said: “As a group of coaches and as a group of players we also have to own this performance, so impressed and proud of everything from the crowd to the day we had it was fantastic, but we all need to be better off collectively.
“I think we have to be smart about how we’re going to do that this week in preparation for France.
“There are definitely areas that we will work on around our maul defense, we will have to because it was an area that was exposed.
“The scrum too, we will continue to work on the scrum, there were some very good sessions led by Rob (Sweeney) and I think the scrum is going in the right direction.
“You just want to grab the ball a bit more and hold it longer because we’re trying to play at a fast pace, they’ve slowed it down a bit and we just need to be a bit a bit more assertive to keep the ball going. ball and play the way we want to play in attack.
Despite the loss, McWilliams was proud of the players who played their part in an epic Test match in front of 6,113 people at the RDS Arena, a record for a standalone TikTok Women’s Six Nations match in Ireland.
This year’s TikTok Women’s Six Nations is the most accessible in the championship’s history.
Covering 136 countries and available on terrestrial and streaming platforms, the Women’s Championship has never had such comprehensive broadcast coverage.
Not to mention title partner TikTok reaching fans through its entertainment platform with exclusive W6N content. In what is a huge year for women’s rugby, the TikTok Women’s Six Nations, which once again has its own window in the international rugby calendar, is set to reach more fans than ever before.
“Thanks Wales, I thought they got past us physically in the second half,” McWilliams added.
“I think our defensive form was good, I think our energy to come back and defend was good.
“We defended for so long and it takes a team away, I felt their bench came in and added real strength and impact, and we couldn’t deal with it.
“You’re always looking for things you could have done differently, but I’m very proud of the players, to think we only had 31 per cent possession is crazy and there’s a lot of things I’m very proud of.”
The TikTok Women’s Six Nations is more accessible than ever. For information on how to watch the Women’s Championship, visit: womens.sixnationsrugby.com/tv/