Ireland women to meet New Zealand after seeing off England
Sevens World Cup: Jimmy O’Brien’s last-gasp try secures win for men against Chile
Ireland players celebrate at the end of their Rugby World Cup Sevens win over England at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho
Ireland 19 England 14
Ireland will play New Zealand in quarter-finals of the women’s World Cup Sevens after securing a brilliant 19-14 victory over England in their opening game in San Francisco on Friday night.
Following a successful conversion, England took a 7-5 lead into half-time.
However, it was Ireland who stepped things up following the restart, as Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe ran in two tries within the space of as many minutes to move her side 19-7 ahead.
Brown helped England rally late on with a quick ball recycled and Alex Matthews was picked out in space to cross over.
England were able to reduce the deficit to five points following another successful conversion, but – with less than a minute left – Ireland saw out the victory.
Ireland will progress to a quarter-final against New Zealand, England must now regroup to tackle Mexico, who are making their debut in the World Cup Sevens competition.
The Ireland men’s side secured a last-play victory over Chile when Jimmy O’Brien scored to secure a 17-12 win and a round of 16 meeting with South Africa.