Saturday 16 December 2017

Irish Women's Sevens team win Plate final in China

Ireland's Lynne Cantwell (left) and Claire Molloy celebrate beating France at Ashbourne.
Ireland's Lynne Cantwell (left) and Claire Molloy celebrate beating France at Ashbourne.
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

The Ireland Women's team marked their debut at an IRB Women's Sevens World Series event by winning the Plate final in Guangzhou, China today, claiming the scalps of Australia and the Netherlands along the way.

The Irish team, coached by Jon Skurr and with eight Grand Slam winners on board, picked up their second piece of Sevens silverware in the space of a week on the back of their Bowl final win in Hong Kong.

Today's play-offs in Guangzhou saw Ireland taking on three of the most established Women's Sevens teams in the world, and the Claire Molloy-captained side managed to beat two of them.

New Zealand, the eventual Cup champions, proved too hot to handle in the opening Cup quarter-final despite a strong start and some incisive early running from the girls in green.

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