For the second week in-a-row the Irish Show Jumping team has finished in third place in FEI Nations Cup competition at Vejer De La Frontera in Spain.

Two Mayo men were integral parts of the Irish team Knockmore’s Michael G Duffy and Claremorris’s Cameron Hanley.

A massive 17 teams lined out for a competition that had been rescheduled when heavy rain forced its postponement just before it was due to start on Friday.

Ireland started superbly and they were in a share of the lead at the halfway stage.

Three clear rounds from Mark McAuley, Michael G Duffy with the Carl Hanley-owned Lapuccino 2 (ISH) and Cameron Hanley with his own ESI Toulouse (ISH) meant Ireland's last rider Denis Lynch didn't need to jump in the first round.

The start of the second round saw McAuley complete an excellent double clear performance and it looked at that stage that Ireland could be set for victory.

However Nations Cup jumping can change in a flash and four fault rounds from both Duffy and Hanley, along with three clear rounds from the Germany team, put the pressure onto Ireland's anchor rider Denis Lynch.

The Tipperary native needed to jump clear to force a jump-off and he left all the fences standing with Cristello, however a foot in the water would end Ireland's hopes of a win.

It was a second victory in the space of a week for the Germans after they had also won at Vilamoura in Portugal.

They completed on a score of four faults while Denmark finished as runners-up on six faults and Ireland took third on eight faults.

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