Ireland came up short against both Canada and Fiji in today’s Paris 7s quarter-final and fifth-place semi-final matchups in the Stade Jean-Bouin.
It was an unfortunate pair of losses for the Irish 7s today as they succumbed to crushing defeats at the hands of both Canada and Fiji by a pair of scorelines reading 19-5 and 38-5.
Stade Jean-Bouin was the venue and from the get-go in the first encounter, it seemed as though it wouldn’t be a good day for the Irish. Shane Daly picked up an early yellow for what was seen as a deliberate knock-on before a pair of tries from Nathan Hirayama and Pat Kay started to put some distance between the sides.
A Jordan Conroy try before the break may have lifted the Irish spirits somewhat but in the second half, Harry Jones put an asterisk on a strong Canadian performance, quenching the Ireland team’s fire and sending his own into the semi-finals.
They later faced Fiji in the fifth-place semi-final matchup and fell way short on a 38-5 scoreline.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena