Ireland cruised to victory in the final of the Rugby Europe Men’s Sevens Grand Prix in Marcoussis on Sunday afternoon thanks to a one-sided 49-7 victory over Germany.
It was a case of men against boys as Germany could barely get their hands on the ball throughout the 14 minutes as Ireland punished their opponents’ unforced errors with absolute ease.
An early try from Bryan Mollen got Ireland off the mark when the Germans knocked on the little possession they had throughout the game. From the turnover, Ireland went through a number of phases before Mollen got over on the overlap.
Ireland’s superior power began to show as they broke through numerous tackles which allowed Harry McNulty to skip past the last defender to touch down.
Ireland didn’t let up for the remainder of the half and they scored another two tries through Robert Baloucoune and Shane Daly. Billy Dardis was excellent with his conversions and Ireland had a commanding 28-0 at halftime.
Ireland were on the attack soon after the beginning of the second half when John O’Donnell ran the length of the field as he broke through numerous feeble tackle attempts to giver Ireland a 35-0 lead.
A further try from Greg O’Shea resulted from the Germans failing to deal with the restart but they did manage to get a try of their own when they won a penalty which they quick-tapped due to Ireland holding on at the ruck. With the Irish defence not set, the Germans were able to work their way up the field to score a try under the posts.
2 in a row! ?
Ireland Men’s 7s claim their second @rugby_europe Grand Prix title of the series, beating Germany 49-7 in today’s final.
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) July 1, 2018
Finally, after the hooter had sounded, Ireland put some more gloss on the scoreline from taking advantage of a huge overlap.
The final score was 49-7 and Ireland can look forward to the third leg in Exeter and the upcoming World Cup in San Francisco with huge confidence.