Ireland narrowly clinch BitMEX British & Irish Cup

Ireland narrowly retained the BitMEX British & Irish Cup on Sunday afternoon in Gormanston Park, Co. Meath, Ireland. 

Saturday (8th September) saw a number of warm-up games for Great Britain's World Cup squads before the main event on Sunday. Great Britain were high in confidence after defeating some of Ireland's international and regional teams 8-2 in these games. 

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The BitMEX British & Irish Cup was won by the very narrowest of margins with both nations winning two categories each, Ireland the Mixed Open and Women's Seniors with Great Britain winning Men's Open and Men's Seniors. The cup came down to a matter of competition points accumulated throughout the tournament, with the overall result still not being decided until the final games on the day. Ireland clinched the trophy with a total of 26 competition points to Great Britain's 22*. 

Overall, Ireland won five games, Great Britain four, with three drawn games. The cup was the most competitive between the two sides since the inaugural competition in 2013, with everything to play for in the return fixture hosted by Great Britain in 2019.

Saturday 8th September - Warm-up games

Ireland Women's Open 9-8 GB Women's Seniors
Regional Mixed Open 7-15 GB Mixed Open
Regional Men's 1-18 GB Men's Open
Regional Men's 2-9 GB Men's Seniors
Ireland Women's Open 2-12 GB Women's Seniors
Ireland Mixed Seniors 2-11 GB Mixed Open
Regional Men's 3-6 GB Men's Open
Regional Men's 2-16 GB Men's Seniors
Ireland Women's Open 5-3 GB Women's Seniors
Ireland Mixed Seniors 4-5 GB Mixed Open

Sunday 9 September - British & Irish Cup

Round 1:
Men's Open IRE 5-7 GB
Mixed Open IRE 13-5 GB
Women's Seniors IRE 8-6 GB
Men's Seniors IRE 7-7 GB

Overall results after round 1:
IRE 2, GB 1, Draw 1

Round 2:
Men's Open IRE 4-4 GB
Mixed Open IRE 12-2 GB
Women's Seniors IRE 8-6 GB
Men's Seniors IRE 5-12 GB

Overall results after round 2:
IRE - 4, GB 2, Draw 2

Round 3:
Men's Open IRE 5-14 GB
Mixed Open IRE 13-4 GB
Women's Seniors IRE 6-6 GB
Men's Seniors IRE 8-12 GB

Overall results after round 3:
IRE - 5, GB 4, Draw 3

*4 points for win, 2 draw, 0 loss. 

PHOTOS
Action photos - https://buff.ly/2MijuMi
Squad photos - https://buff.ly/2O4Q6Ls

VIDEOS
Mixed Open Head Coach Ollie Greenhill
https://www.facebook.com/trytagrugby/videos/2136842069903887/

Dave Wilkinson and Hafa Karim
https://www.facebook.com/trytagrugby/videos/316642919102776/

Women's Seniors Head Coach Murray Wilson
https://www.facebook.com/trytagrugby/videos/294990871230715/

Men's Seniors Head Coach Kim Parkinson
https://www.facebook.com/trytagrugby/videos/1593741684064218/

Steve Devonshire