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Ireland Women See Off Russia In Rugby World Cup Sevens Clash

Ireland are into the Champion 5/6 play-off after surviving a Russian comeback in San Francisco.

The side had a tremendous 19-14 win over England in the last 16 yesterday, before succumbing to a 45-0 whitewash against an imperious New Zealand in the quarter final.

This meant a spot in the running for fifth place at the Rugby World Cup Sevens, with their first game taking place against a Russia side who lost out 33-17 to hosts USA.

After a scoreless affair to begin with in the first half, Arina Bystrova scored Russia’s opener after four minutes, though Stacey Flood, who put in a great showing against England, replied for five apiece.

Then Eve Higgins, who didn’t feature in yesterday’s win, made her presence felt. From a midfield scrum,¬†Lucy Mulhall made a great run and pass, which found Higgins who went over for a 10-5 lead at half time.

Mulhall herself added Ireland’s third after the restart, and after ten minutes, they took a more commanding lead, with Louise Galvin scoring the fourth try for the Irish.

Russia didn’t lie down however, as two late tries made the last minute plus overtime intensely nerve-wracking.

Daria Shestakova made a blistering run from her own half down the wing after her side won possession from a scrum, with Marina Kukina soon following up to pet it at 20-15.

Ireland held on though, and will now face Spain in the Championship 5/6 place at 3 a.m on Sunday, after the Spanish prevailed against Canada.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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