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Ireland beat Australia to claim Challenge Trophy at Rugby World Cup Sevens

25 July 2018

Dardis was again instrumental in Ireland's next attack when he sucked in two defenders before releasing Jimmy O'Brien who expertly dodged through two tackles before running the length of the field for Ireland's second try which Dardis converted.

Baber says that the team is calm and focused ahead of their opener against Japan and they are ready for the challenge ahead of them.

No. 1 women's seed New Zealand followed up a 57-0 win over Mexico in their opener with a 45-0 drubbing of an upstart Ireland squad that defeated England 19-14 earlier in the day.

Fiji's Kalione Nasoko runs against Japan during the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco Friday
Fiji's Kalione Nasoko runs against Japan during the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco Friday

They're now set to play England in the final.

France had been the surprise package in the women's draw, but New Zealand were always the favourites going into the final and they showed why with a dominant display to win the gold.

John Dalziel's side fought back from 26-0 down to win 31-26, with Jamie Farndale scoring the match-winning try in the last play of the game.

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The action gets underway at 10:00 local time on Friday 20 July (GMT-7) with Fiji taking on Spain in the women's competition.

The holders are likely to face a daunting semi-final battle with favourites Fiji however, who lit up day two with a 43-7 rout of Argentina in the quarter-finals.

Captain Philip Snyman lauded the coaching staff in the wake of the victory, saying "The Irish had played Chile earlier in the day and there was a chance of them catching us cold".

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Ireland subsequently beat Russian Federation to set up a fifth/sixth-placed play-off clash against the Spaniards, and though they lost at AT&T Park, plenty of positives will be taken from the performances in the States.

England needed an extra-time win over hosts U.S. to set up a semifinal clash with South Africa who thrashed Scotland 36-5.

New Zealand, meanwhile, were anything but impressive as they scraped past France 12-7 to progress.

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The host nation have emerged as a genuine force on the world sevens circuit, where they have recorded victories in London and Las Vegas in recent years.

Ireland beat Australia to claim Challenge Trophy at Rugby World Cup Sevens