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Ireland Sevens Claim Massive Scalp As They Take Another Step To Rio Olympics Qualification

Ireland sevens side have just taken one of rugby sevens biggest scalps in the form of Samoa with an impressive 27-21 victory.

Ireland come into this weekends repechage tournament on the back of a successful weekend last week at the Rugby Europe Trophy competition in Malmö in Sweden. They beat hosts Sweden 57-0 in the final to claim top spot in the first leg of the Trophy competition.

Ireland have drawn a hugely challenging group for this weekend for which will be the last chance for competing nations to ensure Olympic qualification, with significant opposition in the form of Zimababe, Tonga and recently crowned Paris Sevens champions Samoa.

While somewhat unfamiliar with the sevens edition of rugby, Ireland showed no sign of inexperience or ineptitude today as they looked proficient with ball in hand and displayed all the necessary standards of fitness, work ethic and creative flair that is required to excel in the game of sevens.

Captain Tom Daley led from the front utilizing his strength and size to secure a platform for the likes of Connacht’s Joshua Rowland, Munster’s Dan Goggin and 2015/16 Ulster Bank league champion and top try scorer Mick McGrath to lead the way and keep the Samoan outfit on the back foot for large spells of the game.

Ireland looked assured in defence and displayed rugby sevens acuteness that belied their young and tender standing at this level. Having come from the bottom of Europen qualifying ranks Ireland’s dismantling of tournament favourites Samoa should not be taken likely and is indicitive of how far Anthony Eddy’s squad can go as they continue to soar through the ranks.

They are currently one win away from topping the ‘group of death’ which will put them in great stead for tomorrows knockout stages.

 

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