The Sydney Sevens got under way today in the soaring heat of Australia Day.
While the Irish men have not yet qualified for the top tier of this form of the game, the Irish women are there, and endured a tough first day of the competition, losing to Russia and Canada, before salvaging the day with a hard fought 17-14 win over Fiji.
While playing three games of Sevens in heat which was over 30 degrees in a day is deserving of reward on its own, the day will be remembered for one of the best tries scored by an Irish player that we've seen in a long time.
Tipperary's Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe, one of the stars of the World Rugby Sevens Series, burst through the Fiji defence, only to be caught by her jersey with a good ten metres to go to the try-line. Undeterred, Murphy Crowe continued on, in slow-motion, towards the try line, and wasn't going to be stopped.
— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) January 26, 2018
Phenomenal. We were trying to remember what it reminded us of, but luckily someone had already got there.
— Tiarnan O'Brien (@TiarnanOBrien) January 26, 2018
— Gerard Miller #andacyclist (@GmGm30) January 26, 2018
The win means Ireland progress to the top 8 of the competition and will play New Zealand in the quarter finals later tonight.
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) January 26, 2018