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Bronze for Ireland

Ireland's Jordan Conroy. Photo: PA
Ireland's Jordan Conroy. Photo: PA

A last-gasp converted try from Jordan Conroy powered Ireland to a 21-19 victory over hosts England and secured an historic first bronze in the London Sevens yesterday.

Anthony Eddy and Stan McDowell's side created a seismic upset when beating USA in the quarter-finals of the competition, but were then overpowered by the eventual champions, and current Olympic gold medallists, Fiji in their semi-final clash.

Conroy scored a first-half brace of tries yesterday, including one from 90 metres out, before Dan Bibby hit back with two of his own in Twickenham.

England's Dan Norton went over for a record career try tally of 295 tries in the second half.

Conroy soon cancelled that out when sprinting for his hat-trick and eighth try of the weekend before Mark Roche nailed a tricky touchline conversion to seal a memorable victory.

Ireland Sevens make the trip to France next weekend for the Paris leg of the World Series.

Irish Independent

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