Ireland into last four of Bowl
January 28, 2001

Ireland recovered from 12 points down against Chinese Taipei to qualify for
the semi-finals of the World Cup Sevens Bowl with a 24-19 victory in Argentina
today.

The Irish, who had missed out on a place in the secondary event,the Plate , after losing their final group game to Russia yesterday, looked set for a surprise defeat in Mar del Plata.

But after falling 19-7 behind, Ireland scored three unanswered tries in the
second half to see off Taipei in the first quarter-final for teams who finished in the bottom two places in their group.

Taipei snatched an early lead when Chen-Fu Chen intercepted a pass virtually
on his own line to race away for a try which Chia-Hsin Chen converted.

But Ireland replied with one of the best tries of the third World Cup, which featured a mammoth schedule of 60 group matches, as they launched an attack from inside their own goal area.

Skipper James Topping broke to the halfway line where Derek Hegarty made
further ground before supplying a pass for Newport's Matt Mostyn to score under the posts. Andrew Dunne converted.

Ireland made a hash of the restart, however, and Chih-Ming Pan regained the
lead before Chen grabbed his second try for the team who finished bottom of
Group B.

Ireland reduced the deficit when Dungannon's Jan Cunnigham forced his way over, and then Ferris scored but his missed conversion left his side still two points short.

With the seconds ticking away, Topping rounded off a flowing attack with the
fourth try and Ferris slotted over the conversion to seal victory.

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