Monday 26 September 2016

Ireland seal spot in Olympic Sevens repechage

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Published 20/07/2015 | 02:30

Ireland's women also booked their place in the Sevens competition despite losing the final 26-19 to Spain
Ireland's women also booked their place in the Sevens competition despite losing the final 26-19 to Spain

Ireland's kick-offs proved crucial as they won the third -place play-off and as a result a place at the World Olympic repechage after beating Georgia 15-7 yesterday.

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Ireland's women also booked their place in the Sevens competition despite losing the final 26-19 to Spain.

At the men's match the opening score came from Ian Fitzpatrick after only a minute into the game.

Harry McNulty ran in for Ireland's second try to make it 10-0 when the ball squirted free during a ruck.

The kick-off paid dividends again as Georgia failed to cope with the high ball and Ireland worked the ball up the pitch.

Terry Kennedy scampered through the breakdown to give Ireland their third try.

Georgia scored the only points of the second half but Ireland covered well to make sure there was no comeback.

In the women's game, captain Lucy Mulhall led from the front all day and notched up Ireland's first try, breaking free from a tackle to score under the posts and then converting.

A minute later Jenny Murphy showed power and pace to burst through two tackles and storm over the line. Mulhall again added the extras and Ireland were 14-0 up.

Spain fought back, making it 14-5 at half-time; they drew level in the dying minutes before scoring a last-gasp try to break Irish hearts.

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