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Ireland women's 7s dump out England to book World Cup quarter-final with Black Ferns

Ireland’s quarter-final versus the Black Ferns will be broadcast live on Eir Sport from 1:30am.

IRELAND WOMEN HAVE reached the quarter-finals of the World Rugby 7s after a famous 19-14 win over England in San Francisco.

Two tries from Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe and one from Ashleigh Baxter were enough to secure Anthony Eddy’s side a last-eight clash with New Zealand.

England must now face newcomers Mexico knowing the highest they can finish is ninth.

Stacey Flood put Baxter away for Ireland’s opening score early doors, but it was cancelled out – against the run of play, too – by Emily Scarratt as half-time approached.

The Lichfield flier cut in off the right wing to race over under the posts before the boot of Holly Aitchison gave England a 7-5 lead at the break.

In the second verse, however, Murphy Crowe thrust a dagger to the heart of Ireland’s neighbours – and much to the joy of the not-so-neutral AT&T Park faithful: a couple of minutes after the interval, the 21-year-old pounced upon a moment’s hesitation on England’s part after Ireland took a quick tap.

Murphy Crowe was halfway home to Tipperary before England seemed to realise what was happening. She waltzed over.

Lucy Mulhall, having missed her first conversion, added the extras on this occasion.

Ireland’s Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe runs in for a try Source: Inpho/Billy Stickland

And Murphy Crowe extended Ireland’s lead further on 11 minutes as she put the finishing touches on a sublime score.

The women in green swept the field from a lineout on the right, moving the ball rapidly through the hands to create space for the marauding Murphy Crowe to take it to the house down the opposite flank.

The fastest woman in Irish rugby put on the afterburners to finish with relative ease, and once more Mulhall found her target with the boot.

An Alex Matthews score saw England bring it back to five with less than a minute remaining.

However, with the clock having turned red, the Red Rose conceded a penalty deep in Irish territory sparking hearty celebrations from their victorious adversaries.

Ireland’s quarter-final versus the Black Ferns will be broadcast live on Eir Sport from 1:30am.

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Murphy Crowe making her mark on the world stage with Ireland 7s

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