Neve Jones was named TikTok Women’s Player of the Match as her Ireland team finished the Championship in style with a thrilling late win over Scotland in Belfast.
The hooker put in a wonderful display for the hosts on Saturday night and capped off with her performance with a crucial try just before half-time, which put her team in front on the scoreboard for the first time.
But Scotland fought back after the break, courtesy of the boot of Helen Nelson who kicked three perfect penalties.
However it was Ireland who won the game late in the day thanks to Enya Breen’s try which she then converted to make it 15-14.
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) April 30, 2022
And Jones said that despite trailing for the majority of the match, she never stopped believing her team would secure a second win of the Championship.
“We never felt it was gone from us, absolutely not,” she said after picking up her award.
“It’s a game of rugby, it is 80 minutes and you know every team is going to put their best foot forward to try and win the ball back and get penalties.
“But we just held through till the 84th minute and it paid off.
“I’ve said it before, I’m always proud to put on the jersey.
“This group of girls and the performance they put in, especially in the last ten minutes, you can’t put words on it and I’m sure we’ll all feel a bit emotional after the game.
“We can see all our friends and family and let’s be honest what better way to celebrate than here in Belfast.”
Read our match report as hosts Ireland take the win in Belfast.#AsOne
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) April 30, 2022
Had Ireland not scored they would have finished sixth in the Championship, but the late win ensures they finish fourth after also beating Italy in Round 3.
And Jones said the Ireland’s performance across the five games, showed the fighting spirit of her team.
She added: “It’s not a bad campaign (for us) we’re proud to put on the green jersey and we’ll always give our best.
“Anytime we get to take to the field, we’ve got each other’s back and we’ll do it from the first whistle to the last.”