Five-try Ireland show Wales a clean pair of heels to reach Sevens World Cup Challenge final
THE IRELAND MENâS sevens team have qualified for the World Cup Challenge final after beating Wales 27-12 at the AT&T Stadium in San Francisco.
Ireland will face Australia in the final, with kick-off at 00:08 Irish time.
Two tries from skipper Billy Dardis and one each from Hugo Keenan, Jordan Conroy and Shane Daly saw Ireland earn their second victory over a World Series core team this weekend â" yesterdayâs 24-14 dismissal of Kenya in the last eight being their first.
In the other semi-final, Australia beat Canada 19-7.
Dardis put Keenan over with a sumptuous floated pass after just two minutes, but was off-target with his subsequent conversion.
He then pounced with his own sublime solo score, slicing throug h the Welsh rearguard and handing off Luke Treharne before dotting down.
A Luke Morgan effort from behind halfway dragged Wales back into proceedings near the break.
Ireland responded well after the interval, however, with Dardis applying the finishing touch to a lung-busting and intricate team move. On this occasion his conversion was spot on, and Ireland had some breathing space.
Afon Bagshaw took one home for the Welsh to offer a sliver of hope, but a searing score down the left flank by Conroy, and Dalyâs icing on top, booked Ireland a spot in the Challenge decider.
Ireland: Harry McNulty, Ian Fitzpatrick, John OâDonnell, Billy Dardis (capt), Hugo Keenan, Jimmy OâBrien, Jordan Conroy.
Replacements used: Foster Horan, Shane Daly, Terry Kennedy, Greg OâShea .Source: Google News Ireland | Netizen 24 Ireland