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Disappointment for Ireland 7s as they suffer quarter-final loss to Canada

A second-half try by Harry Jones sealed a hard-earned victory for the Canadians.

Mark Roche makes a tackle in the Australia game (file pic).
Mark Roche makes a tackle in the Australia game (file pic).

Updated at 14.34

FOLLOWING A LANDMARK win over Australia in the Paris 7s yesterday, there was disappointment for Ireland today in the competition’s quarter-final.

The Irish team’s tournament hopes were ended amid a 19-5 loss to Canada.

Stan McDowell’s side suffered a blow early on, as Shane Daly picked up a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on.

It went from bad to worse, as Nathan Hirayama — who is Canada’s all-time leading points scorer — scored the 119th try of his career.

Pat Kay also crossed over for the Canadians, but a try from the impressive Jordan Conroy gave Ireland hope, as their opponents led 12-5 at the break.

However, a second-half try by Harry Jones sealed a hard-earned victory for the Canadians, sending them into the semi-final.

Later in the day, Ireland faced Fiji in the fifth place semi-final, but were comprehensively beaten 38-5 by their opponents in the final game of their campaign.

Despite the disappointment of losing both games, Ireland will have the consolation of knowing they have made considerable progress in the 7s game, as Saturday’s victory over the Australians underlined.

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