Five-try Ireland show Wales a clean pair of heels to reach Sevens World Cup Challenge final

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Five-try Ireland show Wales a clean pair of heels to reach Sevens World Cup Challenge final

THE IRELAND MEN’S 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€" yesterday’s 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’s Harry McNulty with Hugo Keenan

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 Daly’s icing on top, booked Ireland a spot in the Challenge decider.

Ireland: Harry McNulty, Ian Fitzpatrick, John O’Donnell, Billy Dardis (capt), Hugo Keenan, Jimmy O’Brien, Jordan Conroy.

Replacements used: Foster Horan, Shane Daly, Terry Kennedy, Greg O’Shea .

Source: Google News Ireland | Netizen 24 Ireland

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