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We’ll bring you up to date with progress in the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 Men’s championship while we wait for Ireland Women to continue their journey.

The Men’s Championship features 24 teams, as opposed to 16 in the Women, which necessitated a preliminary round to get down to the last 16. This prelim round feature the bottom 16 seeded teams playing each other with the winners going through to play a top 8 side.

Ireland Men (16th Seeds) had a tough match against Chile (17th Seeds) in what was one of the closest games in the  preliminary round.

Chile opened the scoring with Pedro Verschae scoring in the first minute but Ireland replied with Hugo Keenan and Billy Dardis both crossing before the break to give Ireland a 12 -7 lead as the teams turned round.

A try from Francisco Metuaze put Chile level with three minutes left in a tense second half but, just as the teams were looking at extra time a sensational break ended with Ireland’s James O’Brien touching down for the winning score in the second minute of added time. THe 17 – 12 win propelled Ireland into a Last 16 fixture against South Africa. THe rest of the preliminary round fixtures are shown below.

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Pre-round of 16

KENYA 7S 19 – 7 TONGA 7S

CANADA 7S 29 – 21 PAPUA NEW GUINEA 7S

FRANCE 7S 50 – 0 JAMAICA 7S

WALES 7S 33 – 12 ZIMBABWE 7S

SAMOA 7S 45 – 7 UGANDA 7S

RUSSIA 7S 21 – 7 HONG KONG 7S

JAPAN 7S 33 – 7 URUGUAY 7S

IRELAND 7S 17 – 12 CHILE 7S

Ireland faced No. 1 seeds, South Africa, just after 05:30 UK/Ire time this morning and unfortunately the result went emphatically the way of the top seeds with South Africa recording a 45 – 7 win. Terry Kennedy was Ireland’s solitary try scorer with Hugo Keenan adding the conversion.  

The result places Ireland men in the Trophy tournament, their next match is against 9th seeds Kenya at 22:04 UK/Ire time this evening.

The Last 16 results are shown below.

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Round of 16

SCOTLAND 7S 31 – 26 KENYA 7S

ARGENTINA 7S 28 – 0 CANADA 7S

AUSTRALIA 7S 17 – 22 FRANCE 7S

ENGLAND 7S 19 – 15 SAMOA 7S

NEW ZEALAND 7S 29 – 5 RUSSIA 7S

FIJI 7S 35 – 10 JAPAN 7S

SOUTH AFRICA 7S 45 – 7 IRELAND 7S

USA 7S 35 – 0 WALES 7S

The men’s quarter finals in the Championship cup are as follows.

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Championship Quarter Finals

SCOTLAND 7S V SOUTH AFRICA 7S
23:32, Sat 21 Jul 2018

ARGENTINA 7S V FIJI 7S
23:54, Sat 21 Jul 2018

FRANCE 7S V NEW ZEALAND 7S
00:16, Sun 22 Jul 2018

USA 7S V ENGLAND 7S
00:38, Sun 22 Jul 2018

All matches streamed live on https://www.rwcsevens.com/

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