France’s men’s sevens were able to see off Ireland in today’s Olympic Qualifying semi-final to earn their spot in the final.
France 19 – 12 Ireland
After earning an impressive 21-0 victory against the Germans this morning, Ireland’s sevens team moved on to the semi-final against France – knowing full well that the winner would be in touching distance of a spot in next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.
With the stakes high, there was naturally going to be something of a feeling out process but once the clock ran down to the final minute, both sides had exchanged tries within moments of each other, leaving the scores at 7-7 before France once again capitalised on an Irish opening to enter the second half with a 12-7 lead.
A strong Irish to the second half saw them reclaim a level playing ground with the French shortly after the opening whistle.
With three minutes to go and everything to play for, it was France once again who found pole position as the game moved into its dying embers.
The scores then stood at 19-12 and Ireland were truly entering desperation stations but despite their best efforts, the French wall held strong and allowed them to escape with the victory in their back pockets.
France are 19-12 winners in the @rugby_europe Olympic Repechage Semi-Final, which ends the Ireland Men’s 7s hopes of qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.#IreM7s #Colomiers7s pic.twitter.com/7MyOG7Sd1N
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) July 14, 2019