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7/11: Ireland off to perfect start with two wins in Hong Kong

Playing for a coveted place in the Sevens World Series, Ireland have scored 11 tries in wins over the Cook Islands and Jamaica this morning.

IRELAND SEVENS GOT their Hong Kong campaign off to a perfect start this morning with wins over the Cook Islands and Jamaica.

Anthony Eddy’s men began the tournament, in which victory will secure a place in the Sevens World Series, with a dominant 41 – 5 win over the Cook Islands early this morning with Terry Kennedy crossing the whitewash twice in a seven-try win.

Their second pool match of the day has just finished in a 26 – 0 win over Jamaica.

The shut-out win began with a Jimmy O’Brien try after excellent defensive energy from Harry McNulty to force a turnover penalty inside the Jamaican 22.

Kennedy scorched in for his third try of the tournament off a pass from Mark Roche to make it 12 – 0 at half-time.

McNulty led the pressure play at the start of the second half too, and when a penalty was awarded 15 metres out, the imposing forward quick-tapped and darted in under the posts.

Mark Roche is held up just short of the try line Roc Jayne Russell / INPHO Jayne Russell / INPHO / INPHO

Shane Daly completed Ireland’s day one try-scoring. As they Eddy’s men pushed for a fifth against Jamaica, they had to work hard, late in the Hong Kong heat to prevent a breakaway consolation score, a crucial tackle from Roche added to his three conversions to keep the 26-point deficit to maintain a higher points difference than pool rivals Uruguay.

The South Americans also sit on two wins from two today after beating Jamaica 22 – 5 and the Cook Islands 38 – 0. The pool decider will kick off at 2.22AM tonight (watch on World Rugby Sevens Facebook page).

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