The Irish women’s 7s team put up a brave performance against England in the Olympic qualifying quarter-final.
The Irish ladies had lead 7-5 at half time, but the second half was totally dominated by England and they scored two tries to win 17-7.
The loss ends Ireland’s chances of reaching next years Olympics because they needed to get to at least the semi-final to be invited to the final qualifiers.
Lead by Captain Lucy Mullhall, Ireland hit the ground running in their opening two games. They opened the day with a 48-0 victory over Romania, followed by a 50-0 win against Czech Republic.
Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe, who finished as top try-scorer on this season’s World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series crossed for five tries in the opening two games, while Mulhall slotted eight conversions.
The final game of the day was against Spain, with the winners knowing they would top the pool.
Ireland began the game well, holding possession but failed to convert this into points. Spain were composed in defence and snuck in to score just before half-time.
Ireland battled hard in the second half, but again they couldn’t break down the Spanish defence, and although Mulhall manged to cross for a try with 3 minutes remaining, the clock ran out on Ireland and they were resigned to the runners up spot.
They take on England tomorrow in a tournament that will see the overall winner claim a place at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
2nd and 3rd place in Kazan will earn one final chance to earn a place at the games, at next summer’s World Repechage. For teams finishing outside of the Top 3, their Olympic dream for 2020 will come to an end.
Rugby Europe will live stream the games tomorrow here:
More information on Olympic Qualification here: https://www.world.rugby/
IRELAND WOMEN’S 7s Squad (2019 Rugby Europe Olympic Qualification Tournament, Kazan, Russia) Saturday, July 13 – Sunday, July 14):
Kathy Baker (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Megan Burns (Tullamore/Leinster)
Stacey Flood (Railway Union/Leinster)
Louise Galvin (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Eve Higgins (Railway Union/Leinster)
Brittany Hogan (Railway Union/Ulster)
Emily Lane (Mallow/Munster)
Lucy Mulhall (Rathdrum) Captain
Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe (Railway Union/Munster)
Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird (Old Belvedere/Munster)
Audrey O’Flynn (Ireland 7s Programme)
Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Travelling reserve: Anna McGann (UCD & Old Belvedere/Leinster)
IRELAND WOMEN’S 7s Pool C Results:
Saturday, 13th July:
Ireland 48 – 0 Romania
Ireland 50 – 0 Czech Republic
Ireland 5 – 19 Spain
Sunday, 14th July:
Ireland 7-17 England