Tuesday 28 January 2020

Ireland men secure top-10 finish at Sevens World Cup with Wales success

Ireland’s Jimmy O’Brien in action at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in
San Francisco. Photo: Jeff Chiu/AP
Ireland’s Jimmy O’Brien in action at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco. Photo: Jeff Chiu/AP

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Ireland's men secured a top-10 finish at the Rugby World Cup Sevens with an impressive 27-12 Challenge Trophy semi-final success against Wales in San Francisco last night.

Hugo Keenan was the first to dot down for Stan McDowell's side with just two minutes on the clock and four minutes later a try from captain Billy Dardis extended Ireland's advantage.

Wales rallied well, though, replying through a Luke Morgan effort to reduce Ireland's advantage to three points (10-7) at the break.

Dardis added a second try early in the second-half, though, before further scores from Jordan Conroy and Shane Daly secured a top-10 finish for Ireland and a spot in the Challenge Trophy final against Australia in the early hours of this morning.

The victory capped a successful tournament for the men's and women's teams in the US, as they picked up some impressive scalps along the way - the men beating Kenya and Wales and the women stunning England in their opening game.

The women's team recorded their best Rugby World Cup Sevens finish of sixth overall after losing out to Spain in a hard-fought play-off .

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