Lucy re­turns from in­jury

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

CROSSBRIDG­E na­tive and Rath­drum Rugby Club mem­ber Lucy Mul­hall made a suc­cess­ful; re­turn from in­jury to captin the Ire­land Women’s sev­ens team at the Euro­pean Sev­ens Grand Prix Series opener in Mar­cous­sis last week.

The team will be fourth seeds at the up­com­ing Rugby Europe Olympic qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment af­ter win­ning four of their six games at the tour­na­ment.

Ire­land gave tour­na­ment hosts and even­tual cham­pi­ons France their tough­est test of the week­end in a nail-bit­ing semi-fi­nal. Tries from Eve Hig­gins and Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe se­cured a 12-7 sec­ond half lead, but les Bleues pipped them by two points in the end thanks to replacemen­t Chloe Pelle’s con­verted score with two min­utes re­main­ing.

Ear­lier on, Stan McDow­ell’s charges had laid down a marker by twice com­ing from behind to de­feat quar­ter-fi­nal op­po­nents Eng­land 24-19 thanks to tries from Murphy Crowe (2), Hig­gins and Stacey Flood. How­ever, the likes of Lucy Mul­hall, Murphy Crowe, Flood and Louise Galvin sat out the Bronze fi­nal which Spain won 19-0.

While dis­ap­pointed to lose their last two games, it was a re­ally pos­i­tive cou­ple of days for fourth-placed Ire­land in the swel­ter­ing heat. Captain Lucy Mul­hall had a suc­cess­ful re­turn from in­jury and young for­wards Brittany Ho­gan and Kathy Baker made six and five starts re­spec­tively as they topped their pool and en­joyed vic­to­ries over Spain and Eng­land.

Ire­land Sev­ens captain Lucy Mul­hall.

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