Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for 2020’s Olympic Games in Tokyo came to a halt as England found a way to secure their spot with a comeback victory.
England 17-7 Ireland
After two dominant wins in their opening pair of Rugby Europe Olympic Qualifying matches against Romania and the Czech Republic, Ireland finished second in Pool C after a losing out to Spain by a score of 19-5 and as a result, they were matched up against England in today’s quarter-final.
The outright winner of the tournament is, of course, guaranteed a spot in next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan and with this victory, England have managed to put themselves in a strong position to make their charge.
Despite this, Ireland led by a margin of 7-5 when half-time came around. England, once things resumed, managed to keep their defense on point until the games final whistle while also racking up another 12 points to leave them as the victors by the time that the final whistle came around.
It was a disappointing result for Stan McDowell’s side and one that will no doubt sting that bit more once next year’s tournament comes along but it was one that will hopefully see them return stronger than ever when the time comes.