Thursday 18 January 2018

Grand slam heroines grab more silverware in Hong Kong sevens

FRESH from their Grand Slam success, Irish women's rugby recorded another milestone when their Sevens squad secured silverware on their first ever appearance at the Hong Kong Sevens – winning the 'Bowl' final.

Ireland, with seven of the squad that beat Italy to clinch the Grand Slam last week, began the day against South Africa and were leading right up to the last seconds before a late score saw the South Africans edge the game 17-14. Ireland's second game was against France and a tired team lost 17-9.

Next up was a play-off against the host team Hong Kong and, with spirits revived, they progressed on a scoreline of 33-5. The Bowl final, against an international selection, was played in the high heat of the afternoon. Tries from Jenny Murphy and Lynne Cantwell and two conversions from Claire Keohane saw the Irish team race into a 14-0 lead by half-time.

Connacht's Alison Miller went over early in the second half, and Keohane again converted.

Keohane put the icing on the cake and got in for a fourth try with a conversion to give Ireland a 28-0 win.

Ireland captain Jeannette Feighery said: "This is a good start for us. We have a benchmark now to measure ourselves against.

"We have a lot of work to do before China next week but we are pleased to win the Bowl final."

The Ireland squad, coached by Jon Skurr, travel to Guanghzou next week for the IRB Women's Sevens World Series event.

Irish Independent

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