Thursday, 10 August 2017 : Ireland (7) 19= Tries: Muldoon, Griffin, Spence Cons: Stapleton 2
Australia (5) 17 = Tries: Murphy, Parry, Samoa Con: Hewson
Larissa Muldoon’s converted first-half try, against a Mahalia Murphy score, had Ireland 7-5 ahead at the interval.
Shannon Parry’s touchdown edged the Wallaroos in front but replacements Ciara Griffin and Sophie Spence crossed to put Ireland on the road to victory.
The 2014 semi-finalists survived a late scare after prop Hilisha Samoa’s try was converted by Ashleigh Hewson.
Ireland face Japan in their second group match on Sunday at the same venue, the UCD Bowl in Dublin, while Australia must try to re-group against France.
Defending champions England opened up this year’s tournament by running in 10 tries in a 56-5 victory over Spain, while the USA beat Italy 24-12 in the other Pool B match.
New Zealand and Canada are the favourites to progress from Pool A and both started with victories, the Black Ferns beating Wales 44-12 and Canada winning 98-0 against newcomers Hong Kong, while France thrashed 14-man Japan 72-14 in the other match in Pool C.
Source : Internet