Ireland will face familiar foes New Zealand in the 5th place playoff at this year’s London 7s after overcoming Canada 33-14 in a highly entertaining game at Twickenham.
Ireland, competing at this world series event as an invitational side, have had an excellent tournament.
They secured their spot in the last eight by beating England and Scotland yesterday in the pool stages but they fell to a heartbreaking defeat to Fiji in the quarter-finals earlier today despite an admirable comeback in the second-half.
Ireland got off to a bright start when Hugo Lennox sold a lovely dummy to break through the Canadian defence to touch down beneath the posts for the opening try of the game.
A superb try-saving tackle from Jordan Conroy kept Canada out on the next passage of play but Ireland gave away a penalty close to their own line and they were punished as Jake Thiel took advantage of an overlap to get over in the corner.
A superb try-saving tackle from Jordan Conroy in Ireland's 33-14 win over Canada. Unfortunately, he seemed to injure himself in the tackle and was replaced soon after. #IreM7s #London7s pic.twitter.com/j0Q2K1UHxd
— Seán McMahon (@Sean_McMahon89) May 26, 2019
Nathan Hirayama landed the conversion to level the game.
Andrew Coe then went over for Canada on the far touchline to put his side into the lead and Hirayama landed a superb conversion to give his side a 14-7 lead.
Bryan Mollen got Ireland off to a superb start in the second half when he capitalised on a poor Canadian pass to race free and touch down to the right of the posts. Unfortunately for Ireland, they missed the conversion so they were still behind.
Ireland went ahead moments later when Mollen sprinted up the touchline before sending a looping pass to the supporting Terry Kennedy who was able to run the ball in under the posts. The successful conversion attempt gave Ireland a 19-14 lead.
With less than a minute remaining, Harry McNulty won a turnover close to the Canadian line and from the resulting penalty, Billy Dardis tapped it quickly to snipe through a gap and ground the ball behind the posts.
The conversion gave Ireland a 26-14 lead and a late score from Terry Kennedy sealed a 33-14 win which secured a spot in the fifth-place final where they will face New Zealand ar 5.07 pm.