Eve Higgins showed what’s possible with Ireland after 55 minutes of their Women’s Six Nations game in Toulouse last Saturday. Ireland were 33-0 behind France but the intent was still there.
In a brilliant attacking move, Stacey Flood threw the final pass to her centermate and Higgins used her nimble footwork to score her first attempt at the championship. With France dominating almost every other facet of the game and Ireland committing 27 handling errors, this team effort showed the potential in Greg McWilliams’ team.
“Something like handling errors is something we really want to improve on this weekend,” said Higgins. “We saw in both the France game and the Wales game that when we have an opportunity with the ball in hand – both forward and backward together, we can see how menacing our attack can be.”
Ireland are just ahead of Sunday’s opponents Italy in the six-nation table with zero points. Higgins is among those who have shown what buds beneath the bottom line. She leads the overall stats after two rounds of tackle breaks (15) and is third overall with most yards scored (201), underscoring her offensive danger. With new players, new management and a new offensive form, the squad has absorbed a lot of new information in a short space of time, according to Higgins.
“With only three camps, you have to learn a lot very quickly. But I think the positive thing that we have as a backline is that a lot of us are very familiar with each other. Even guys like me and Stacey at the center last weekend was only the second game we’ve been in a partnership at the center, but we’ve been playing together for five or six years (in the sevens program).
The twist is that Sunday’s game will likely be the last game of this Six Nations for Higgins and her seven teammates. They have a World Sevens Series in Canada later this month while aiming to qualify for the Sevens World Cup later this year.
McWilliams confirmed this week The Left Podcast that there will be a “big change” in the squad after this third-round game. Higgins is just concentrating on a must play game at Musgrave Park.
“Losing is never an option and it’s something we never go out on the pitch for. We can gain a lot of confidence by playing at home in front of a home crowd. I think as long as we improve we can somehow come together and go into this weekend with a lot of confidence.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/eve-higgins-hopes-ireland-can-show-more-attacking-threat-for-italy-game-41528291.html Eve Higgins hopes Ireland can show more attacking threat in game against Italy