Hong Kong Sevens: Ireland to play Japan in semi-finals

Anthony Eddy’s side thrash Zimbabwe 38-5 in last eight after topping their pool

Jimmy O’Brien (L) and Harry Kennedy in action against Uruguay. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

Jimmy O’Brien (L) and Harry Kennedy in action against Uruguay. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

 

Ireland are through to the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Sevens Repechage tournament after a comprehensive 38-5 win over Zimbabwe in the last eight.

Anthony Eddy’s side will face Japan in the semis, as they bid to secure a place on the elite World Sevens circuit in 2019.

Ireland’s place in the last four was virtually secured by half-time of their Zimbabwe clash, as they went into the break leading 26-0.

John O’Donnell, Hugo Keenan, Ian Fitzpatrick, Shane Daly, Terry Kennedy and Bryan Mollen crossed for Ireland - with Hilton Mudariki scoring a consolation for the African side.

Jimmy O’Brien on the way to scoring one of Ireland’s tries against Uruguay. Photograph: Power Sport Images/Getty
Jimmy O’Brien on the way to scoring one of Ireland’s tries against Uruguay. Photograph: Power Sport Images/Getty

Two victories will see unbeaten Ireland book their place in the World Rugby Sevens series for next year. They play Japan at 5.54am on Sunday (Irish time).

Ahead of the crunch clash with Japan, Eddy said: “They’re a good side. They’ve got World Series experience as well so we’ll have to be on our game tomorrow morning to compete against them.”

Earlier in the day Ireland topped their pool after a 36-0 thrashing of Uruguay. Tries from Fitzpatrick, Kennedy, Keenan, Daly, Jimmy O’Brien and Harry McNulty set up victory over the outgunned south Americans.

Hong Kong Sevens Repechage semi-finals:
Germany v Chile (5.32am Irish time)
Japan v Ireland (5.54am Irish time)

Ireland team v Zimbabwe: Ian Fitzpatrick, John O’Donnell, Shane Daly, Hugo Keenan, James Leo O’Brien, Terry Kennedy, Mark Roche. Replacements: Will Connors, Bryan Mollen, Robert Baloucoune, Billy Dardis, Harry McNulty.

Ireland team v Uruguay: John O’Donnell, Ian Fitzpatrick, Harry McNulty, Mark Roche, Hugo Keenan, James Leo O’Brien, Terry Kennedy. Replacements: Shane Daly, Will Connors, Bryan Mollen, Robert Baloucoune, Billy Dardis.

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