Stom­ach bug sees Mur­phy and Smith out of first test

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

SLIGO’S Niall Mur­phy and Enda Smith of Roscom­mon were both un­able to fea­ture last Sun­day in the first test as Ire­land took on Aus­tralia in the In­ter­na­tional Se­ries in Ade­laide.

The pair failed to shake off the ef­fects of a stom­ach bug and had to with­draw. It re­stricted Ire­land’s in­ter­change plans, which they could ill-af­ford in the in­tense heat.

Pearce Han­ley, who was also ill dur­ing the week, lined out but was not as ef­fec­tive as would have been ex­pected.

Cool­era/Strand­hill’s Mur­phy, 24, is the first player from Sligo to rep­re­sent his coun­try since Eamonn O’Hara back in 2002.

Joe Ker­nan’s men came up short against the hosts on a score­line of 63 points to 53.

They will need to up their per­for­mance for Satur­day’s sec­ond test in Perth if they are to re­tain the Cor­mac McA­nallen Cup.

It is hoped that Mur­phy and Smith will be fight­ing fit for that en­counter in the Do­main Sta­dium in Perth this Satur­day.

Mayo’s Ai­dan O’Shea is cap­tain of the Ire­land team for this year’s Se­ries.

Chris Barrett of Ire­land is tack­led by Scott Pendle­bury of Aus­tralia. Pic: Ray McManus/Sportsfile.

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