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Conroy rips Kenya to shreds with hat-trick as Ireland book Wales semi-final at RWC Sevens

Buccaneers flyer Jordan Conroy completed his hat-trick of tries in just seven minutes.

A STUNNING HAT-trick of tries from Jordan Conroy powered Ireland to a 24-14 win over Kenya in San Francisco overnight.

Ireland's Terry Kennedy and Jordan Conroy celebrate a  try Inpho / Billy Stickland Inpho / Billy Stickland / Billy Stickland

The victory over World Series regulars sent Ireland into the Challenge semi-finals at the Sevens World Cup. Stan McDowell’s side will face Wales in the last four at 7.34pm Irish time in AT&T Park. The game will be televised live on eir Sport 1.

Hugo Keenan landed Ireland’s opening try, while Harry McNulty, John O’Donnell and Terry Kennedy also performed well, but this was Conroy’s day.

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The Tullamore man completed his powerful hat-trick in the space of seven minutes against the World Cup semi-finalists of 2009 and 2013.

“We wanted to give a good performance today after last night,” said Conroy after the game.

“We were disappointed with the result (45-7) against South Africa, so today we wanted to come out and put in a good shift, and we came out and did that and we’re pretty pleased with ourselves.

“(The approach) was just stick to our tactics and structures, control the possession, control the game. If we do that, the attack will sort out itself and there’s a big emphasis on defence as well. We came in with a good mental attitude and as you’ve seen out there, it worked for us.”

reland's Jordan Conroy scores his first try Inpho / Billy Stickland Inpho / Billy Stickland / Billy Stickland

“The fans are absolutely amazing – they bring a great atmosphere to the game. It’s just good to have so much support in the stands. It kinda drives us on into competition to play well for us and play well for them after them all coming to see us, so we want to put a show on for them. We appreciate it a lot.”

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