Stomach bug sees Murphy and Smith out of first test
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.