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Monday 11 December 2017

Ruddock joy with U20 win

RUGBY: Ireland U20s coach Mike Ruddock said his charges were a credit to themselves after they carved out Ireland's first age-grade away win (13-12) over France in Grenoble on Saturday.

And while Ruddock admitted that Ireland were fortunate to survive a decision by the television match official after France bundled the ball over the line in the dying moments, he felt the right call was made.

"Sometimes the wheels of fortune work for you, other times they go against you. It was a tight call, but the correct decision was made," Ruddock said.

Ireland's previous best result in an age-grade match in France was a 20-20 draw in February 2004 in an U21 game.



O'Rourke eases to 60m triumph

ATHLETICS: Derval O'Rourke's 60m hurdles victory provided one of the highlights of yesterday's Woodies DIY Senior Indoor T&F Championships in the Odyssey Arena as she beat young Limerick star Sara Lavin (Emerald), who equalled O'Rourke's 1999 junior record (8.46) when taking silver.

However, there was heartbreak for North Down's sprint hurdler Ben Reynolds, whose winning time in the men's final (7.75) was one hundredth of a second off qualifying for the World Indoors.



Defeat puts Irish in relegation tie

TENNIS: Ireland face a relegation dogfight against Egypt in April after Conor Niland slumped abysmally yesterday in the Davis Cup clash against Hungary.

After James McGee and Sam Barry's 7-6 6-7 6-2 7-6 loss in the doubles, the hosts moved into a 2-1 lead in the five-match tie.

And the visitors' hopes of clinching a second-round tie against Latvia were blown out of the water when Irish No1 Niland crashed to a humiliating 6-1 6-2 6-1 defeat as Ireland lost out 3-2.



Armstrong snub

TRIATHLON: New Zealander Bevan Docherty says he was snubbed by Lance Armstrong after he beat the seven-time Tour de France winner into second place at the Panama half ironman.

Docherty said: "I'm not sure what it was all about, I can only assume he was just disappointed to get beaten."

MOTORSPORT: Jari-Matti Latvala belatedly got his World Rally Championship challenge under way as he held on to win Rally Sweden by 16.6 seconds over Finnish compatriot Mikko Hirvonen.

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