Ireland Women Sevens team had a difficult second day at the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Las Vegas going down to defeats to USA, Russia and France in the Cup Competition and subsequent positional play-offs

The day started off with a re-match against the tournament hosts USA who Ireland had beten on Day 1 in the opening match of the tournament. Despite tries from Sarah Flood and Megan Williams, the second converted by Lucy Mulhall, Ireland went down by 20 – 12 with the USA scoring four tries in return. The result saw Ireland drop out of the Cup and into the play-offs for fifth place. 

In the play-offs the Irish girls faced, their recent nemesis, Russia who had knocked them out of Olympic Qualification last summer. Ireland struggled to shake off the disappointment of losing to the USA and Russia cruised through to a comfortable 20 – 5 win, Megan Williams the only scorer for Ireland. The result left Ireland with a final play-off game with France for seventh place. 

France were the only scorers in a cagey first half as they took a 5 – 0 lead into the break. Unfortunately for Ireland the French pulled away with two second have scores to take a 15 – 0 lead before Ireland hit back with a Katie Fitzhenry score with the last play of the game. 

Ireland Women Sevens: Ashleigh Baxter, Claire Keohane, Katie Fitzhenry, Stacey Flood, Alison Miller, Lucy Mulhall, Amee Murphy Crowe, Sene Naoupu, Audrey O’Flynn, Hannah Tyrrell, Susan Vaughan, Megan Williams.

The results of day two saw Ireland finish the Las Vegas tournament in 8th place with 6 series points to maintain their 9th place standing in the overall series table, see below:

2016-17 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Standings. 

NEW ZEALAND 20 16 20 56
AUSTRALIA 18 14 18 50
CANADA 10 20 16 46
FIJI 12 12 12 36
RUSSIA 16 8 10 34
USA 2 18 14 34
FRANCE 8 10 8 26
ENGLAND 14 3 3 20
IRELAND 4 6 6 16
SPAIN 3 2 4 9
BRAZIL 1 4 2 7
ARGENTINA 1       1