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Christiaan Kotze/INPHO Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe scored five tries in two games on Friday.
# Cape Town 7s
Ireland Men, Women set sights on knockout rugby after perfect starts at Cape Town 7s
Ireland Men beat Japan, while Ireland Women booked their place in the quarter-finals with two wins from two.

IRELAND’S MEN CARRIED their excellent form into the Cape Town Rugby 7s as they got their tournament off to a winning start against Japan on Friday.

Fresh from their runner-up finish in Dubai last weekend, a Harry McNulty try, and two from Chay Mullins, gave Ireland a 19-5 win over Japan in their opening Pool B clash.

Next up tomorrow is a meeting with Uruguay (7.51am) before a potential pool decider against Samoa (1.32pm).

Should Ireland progress as expected as one of Pool B’s top two teams, they will play their quarter-final on Saturday evening.

In the women’s tournament, Ireland followed up their sixth-place finish in Dubai with a perfect start to their Cape Town pool campaign, clinching their place in the knockout rounds with a game to spare.

Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe’s hat-trick, and a double from Beibhinn Parsons, steered Aiden McNulty’s side to a comfortable 33-12 win over Spain.

And the same two players combined again to torment South Africa, with Megan Burns joining Murphy-Crowe (2) and Parsons on the scoresheet in a 24-0 win.

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Friday’s wins are enough to see Ireland through to the quarter-finals, but first they must face Australia on Saturday (11.47am) in a winner-take-all Pool A decider.

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