Ireland wins bronze medal at World Sevens Series in London

Invitational side Ireland created history by beating hosts England 21-19 to claim the bronze medal with a last gasp try from the outstanding Jordan Conroy, his eighth of the tournament, followed by a stunning conversion from the side-line by Mark Roche at the World Sevens Series in Twickenham, London.

The brilliant Irish run to the semi-final stage of the tournament had come undone when a powerful No. 1 ranked Fiji, the eventual winners, defeated Ireland 38-12, while England had been defeated at the last-four stage by South Africa on a 29-19 score line, meaning the near neighbours would meet in the bronze medal game.

The visitors made an excellent start when Jordan Conroy scored his sixth try of the weekend seconds in, skipping past Dan Norton to cross the line. Conroy soon scored another after Irish defending led to a swift counter, and the Irishman touching down.

The home side struck back when a Ryan Olowofela offload freed Dan Bibby to score, and soon Bibby would score again, but crucially his second try would go unconverted. This left two points between the sides.

When Norton pushed his side 19-14 ahead, Ireland looked in trouble only for Conroy to score his hat-trick followed by an outstanding conversion from Mark Roche at the death for a totally unexpected bronze medal for Ireland on a final score line of Ireland 21 England 19.


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