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Men’s Seniors shine in Ireland

The British & Irish Tag Rugby Cup took place in Cork, Ireland, on Saturday with the Men’s Seniors shining with a series win.

The Men’s Seniors had a narrow 5-4 win in round one, a 7-4 win in round two, and a close 4-3 loss in the final game to win the category.

The Ladies’ Seniors earned a win in the final game of round three, winning 3-0, the only team to keep the opposition scoreless during the day. Elsewhere the Men’s Open earned a 7-all draw in game three having played in two close games in round one (4-3 to Ireland) and round two (7-6 to Ireland).

Ireland won the series 5-1 in terms of categories and 14-3 in terms of matches. However, despite the conclusive series win, the majority of matches were extremely tightly fought with the Great Britain teams showing strong improvement from the recent Tri-Nations.

A review of Great Britain campaign for 2017 will now be undertaken to help with planning for the 2018 World Cup campaign in Australia.

Players of the series:
Mixed Seniors – Sam Winter
Men’s Open – Nick Wilkes
Mixed Open – Kasey Martin
Ladies Open – Kirsty Clarke
Men’s Seniors – Aaron Lombardo
Ladies Seniors – Vicki Jackson

Overall series results:

Ireland 14 – 3 Great Britain - 1 draw
Mixed Seniors Ire 3-0 GB
Men’s Open Ire 2-0 GB (3rd game drawn)
Mixed Open Ire 3-0 GB
Ladies Open Ire 3-0 GB
Men’s Seniors Ire 1-2 GB
Ladies Seniors Ire 2-1 GB

Full match results:

Round 1:
Mixed Seniors Ire 7-5 GB
Men’s Open Ire 4-3 GB
Mixed Open Ire 15-1 GB
Ladies Open Ire 5-3 GB
Men’s Seniors Ire 4-5 GB
Ladies Seniors Ire 7-6 GB

Round 2:
Mixed Seniors Ire 13-0 GB
Men’s Open Ire 7-6 GB
Mixed Open Ire 12-6 GB
Ladies Open Ire 9-5 GB
Men’s Seniors Ire 4-7 GB
Ladies Seniors Ire 6-2 GB

Round 3:
Mixed Seniors Ire 15-2 GB
Men’s Open Ire 7-7 GB
Mixed Open Ire 5-3 GB
Ladies Open Ire 5-2 GB
Men’s Seniors Ire 4-3 GB
Ladies Seniors Ire 0-3 GB

Images from the day can be viewed here https://buff.ly/2x7Mdjr

on 18th September, 2017

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