few, if any, surprises on the first day (see Results
from Day 1 of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens) but the second day of the Hong Kong
Sevens (see Results
from Day 2 of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens) gave us not only perfect
weather, but also some exciting and incredible games of rugby.
most memorable games in terms of surprise, were the Scotland defeat at
the hands of China, and the amazing game between home nation, Hong Kong,
and France which ended 21 - 21. Some of the later big-name games also gave fans some
thrilling rugby, with just a few controversial decisions along the way.
three, regardless of the weather, is sure to be a day packed full of the
same, skillful, exciting rugby, and most likely a few more controversial
decisions just to spice-up the debate among teams and fans alike.
live text coverage - Good morning from the stadium where the junior rugby games have already
begun. The weather on Saturday was excellent, and today while it is now
cooler than it was let's hope it does not rain! The games start at 09:45, the music in the
stadium has just been turned on, and the seats are filling fast for what
should be a day a great day of quality rugby and fun.
kick off the day Zimbabwe v Chinese Taipei, the first ever time the
teams have met in the HK Sevens. Zimbabwe are looking good, and an
excellent converted try put the first points of the day on the board and
them 7 points in the lead. Half time score 7 - 0. Zimbabwe score in the
second minute of second time 14 - 0. Despite Chinese Taipei managing to
get a converted try, Zimbabwe enjoy a comfortable 26 - 7 victory.
up an all Asian tie, Japan v Hong Kong. Will Hong Kong be able to
recreate the magic they displayed when playing France to draw 21 - 21 on
Saturday? Hong Kong are first to score but Japan do not take long to
equalise. Score 7 - 7. These two teams have met here 7 times in the past
with Japan winning five of those encounters. Long after the blower
sounded for the end of the first half, and after a long period of
pressure by the Japanese, Hong Kong breaks and Robinson, who has played
incredibly well all tournament, scores an excellent try to take the half
time score to 7 - 12. In the third minute of the second half Japan come
back with a converted try to take the lead by two points. 14 - 12. BUT,
one of the best players of the whole tournament, KEITH ROBINSON, scores
an incredible try running half the length of the pitch. The score after
conversion is now Japan 14 - 19 Hong Kong. Despite a late chance for
Japan, Hong Kong wins a great game - 14 - 19.
and Korea have played just three times in the Sevens, and Korea has won
all three. China are hoping to bring more equality to this statistic and
Wang Chongyi scores a try in the fourth minute to give China a 5 to zero
lead. Korea won't give up without a fight and Korea scores a converted
try in the sixth minute to take the lead, at half time 5 - 7. In the
second half You Young-Nam breaks through the China defense to score a
try for Korea but they were unable to convert. Score 5 - 12. Korea seem
the much stronger of the two sides in the second half, and it is
difficult to see China making a comeback to save their 2008 HK Sevens
life. Final score China 5 - 12 Korea. China played well this tournament
and provided us with the biggest upsets of the tournament beating
Scotland on Saturday.
Lanka have not won a match this tournament and only scored 14 points.
Russia on the other hand, have managed one victory, scoring 24 against
Japan's 12 on Saturday. In the third minute Shakrov runs over half the
length of the pitch to score a converted try, giving Russia a 7 point
lead. A second converted try for Russia comes a minute later. The
Russians add a third late in the sixth. Half time score Sri Lanka 0 -
Russia 21. Sri Lanka managed a to score a try in the second half but
Russia quickly finished the game off with another converted try to take
the score to 5 - 28. Another from Sri Lanka and another from Russia
finishes the game at 10 - 35.
is it for the Bowl Quarter Finals, next is the Plate Quarter Finals,
with the first game being the very impressive Argentina against
Scotland. The crowd boo after Argentina ran very well down the line only
for the try-attempt to be disallowed, Argentina are piling the pressure
on Scotland. Few real chances mean the half time score is 0 - 0. It is a
very evenly balanced game as the second half gets underway. A clever
move from Argentina ends the deadlock, and an excellent conversion gives
them the full points. Argentina 7 - 0 Scotland. The game has been tense
since the start, and some tame scuffles keep erupting. Argentina now
down to 6 men as Del Busto is sent to the Sin Bin for 2 minutes.
Scotland immediately take advantage to score a try but miss the
conversion. 7 - 5. Kicking this whole tournament from many of the
teams has been poor, and that missed kick could cost Scotland dear. The
game ends, and Scotland miss a golden opportunity to progress. Final
score 7 - 5.
may be very strong favourites as they enter the field to play Portugal
in the second QF, but the European side should not be underestimated as
they have shown a lot of promise and had some good results. Tonga open
the scoring in the 2nd minute but miss the conversion. Tonga 5 - 0
Portugal. A second for Tonga, and this time they do convert. 12 - 0.
Portugal fight back and score a good try dribbling through the Tonga
defense, an unsuccessful conversion gives Portugal 10 points and then
after the first half blower sounds Portugal score a second try and again
miss the conversion. Half time Tonga 12 - 10 Portugal. Seconds into the
half, and the ref sin bins a Tonga player for 2 minutes. Portugal
do not make the most of their one man advantage and Tonga scores a well
worked converted try to take the score to 19 - 10. Portugal bring the
game back within reach with a converted try 19 - 17. But Tonga seem the
more hungry to reach the semis and score an excellent converted try to
take the final score to 26 - 12.
France v Tunisia. This could be an amazing game as Tunisia have played
very well, and France almost suffered a massive upset at the hands of
Hong Kong yesterday, drawing 21 - 21. This should be a very entertaining
game. In the first minute it is France, the crowd's favourite friendly
enemy, who have the most possession moving the ball well, but it is
Tunisia who break, and on the 2nd minute score a try through Kerfani. 0
- 7. It takes France until almost the 7th minute to score a try, with
Joffrey Michel proving his speed against the Tunisian defense. The
missed conversion may prove costly, as it has in so many games thus far.
Half time score France 5 - 7 Tunisia. Second hald gets under way. The
game could go either way. France pile in the pressure and come
close to scoring. The game has paused for a small injury as the South
Stand try to orchestrate a Mexican wave, booing when the other stands do
not follow their lead! Play resumes, and France continues to dominate,
but a try is still needed. France again reach the goal line but again no
try. Tunisia now have the ball.
Two minutes to go. At last! After so much pressure from France they are
finally rewarded with a try, taking the lead to France 12 - 7 Tunisia on
the final whistle. Well played Tunisia, they have had a great
are strong favourites against the United States, but there will be a lot
of pride to play for in this local derby! Canada take just 23 seconds to
score a converted try. Game on. 7 - 0. Canada score a second try but
miss the conversion. 12 - 0. The USA responds with an excellent
converted try from Chris Wyles, then another from Todd Clever. Half time
score 12 - 14. Wow, the US want this badly, they take the lead to 12 -
21 in the second half. A great game we have on our hands as Canada score
a converted try to lessen the points gap. There is some fierce rivalry
between these two teams, with some massive tackles being thrown by both
sides. 19 - 21. What a game!! Canada score an amazing late try, well
after the blower had sounded. Final score 24 - 21. Congratulations to
both teams for one of the best games of the tournament.
for the Cup Quarters! The crowd go wild as New Zealand and Wales come on
the pitch. Wales have played very well to get this far but this is a
tough call against a very strong New Zealand side. Wales dominates in
the first minute and a half. New Zealand get back into the game pushing
Wales back deep into their own half. Then on 4:08, New Zealand's Cama
finds space, and with Wales stretched score a converted try to give New
Zealand the first points of the game. 7 - 0. Wales have been
trying to get back into the game but New Zealand keep them pinned back
and score another try to go into half time at 12 - 0. Some very strong
pressure from Wales, as they come close to scoring, New Zealand give
away a penalty. Richard Pugh jumps on a lose ball behind the goalline
and scores a converted try that Wales fully deserve. 12 - 7. Game on!
Just as Wales were beginning to look threatening, Cama again slips
through the cracks in the Welsh defense and pushes the score to 19
- 7. Cama's second knocks the wind out of Wales and New Zealand finish
the game with another try and an excellent conversion to give a final
score of 26 - 7. Wales have played excellently this whole tournament and
gave New Zealand a few worrying moments in the game.
have met Fiji 10 times in the World Series Sevens and the Africans have
lost every time. Could this be the meeting where the Kenyan's fortunes
change? Fiji open the scoring in the 3rd minute but miss the conversion.
On the sixth minute the Kenyans are denied a clear opening and called
back to the 25 metre line for a scrum. Fiji are not having it all their
own way and are causing Fiji some problems but they just seem to lack
the final push to make the difference. Half time Kenya 0 - 5 Fiji.
Second half gets underway with Kenya pushing Fiji back, but again
lacking the sharpness needed to score. Kenya score, the crowd goes wild,
but the ref pulls them back - attempted-try disallowed. Fiji score their
second. Kenya have played well but at times lacked ideas. Final score
Fiji 10 - 0 Kenya. Fiji did not look convincing.
Africa have looked very strong this tournament, and I personally would
put them as Cup favourites, even though they were a little lucky against
Argentina, so it will be interesting how these massive rivals play.
South Africa v Australia. A minute after Australia had an attempted try
disallowed South Africa strike back with a try of their own, opening the
scoring and only just converting the try, as the ball almost skims the
bar . 7-0. South Africa look good and score their second converted reply
without reply from Australia. 14- 0. 6:32 and Australia fumble the ball
as they were wide open to score. The blower sounds for half time, and
Australia scores. We have a game on our hands ladies and gentlemen. The
conversion means the half time score is 14 - 7. Second half gets
underway, and on the second minute Australia's Peter Owens scores an
excellent try followed by a superb conversion by Andrew Walker. Score 14
- 14. South Africa almost bounce back with what looked like a valid and
skillful try ruled out. Less than a minute later Dazel makes sure there
is no confusion and scores South Africa's third try. Missed conversion
gives South Africa a 19 - 14 lead. South Africa win. Final score 19 -
14. Excellent game.
are about to be bruised in the sequel to yesterday's match, Samoa v
England. The English team may have won, but there were a few scuffles at
the end of what was the toughest game of the two days. The game already
is end to end, with England looking strongest in the first minute. A
tight, tense, affair where for the last few seconds both teams have been
locked in the exact centre of the pitch. England score!! A lucky bounce
eluded the Samoan defender for Elliott to pounce. Missed conversion
means England are on 5 points and Samoa 0. Samoa try to respond
instantly but England's tackling is tough and efficient. The crowd are
in fine mood, giving England all the possible support. Fiji still break
through though, and on 6:46 Samoa scores to give them the lead thanks to
a successful conversion. Half time 7 - 5. Second half underway. Amazing
play by Gollings as he gives the ball to England's captain, Andrew Vilk,
to run half the pitch, skip around a defender to score a converted try.
England lead 7 - 12. Some brave tackling by England, stops a solid
Samoan attack as England are pulled back for a forward pass. 3:39
Samoa's Tupou wriggles around the England defenders to level the scores
12- 12. Conversion to come. A missed conversion could prove very costly.
Score 4:39 = 12 - 12. Samoa score a try to take the score to 17 -
12. A good game, as Samoa win 17 - 12 to move into the next round.
we enter the semi-finals game, the weather is being kind to all in the
stadium, not too hot with a nice breeze and as yet no rain, ideal
conditions for some great rugby. The first semi is Zimbabwe v Hong Kong,
can the massive amount of noise from almost every fan in the stadium
lift the home to a victory? This is the first time the two teams have
ever met in IRB Sevens history. 1:33 minutes into the game and
Zimbabwe's Gerald Sibanda scores a converted try to take the lead. 7 -
0. 3:27 and Cleopas Maktose scores his 4th try. With a successful
conversion Zimbabwe extend their lead to 14 points. Hong Kong respond
strongly running down the field to score. Zimbabwe 14 - 7 Hong Kong.
Robertson deserves a medal for his excellent play in this tournament.
Unfortunately for Hong Kong, Zimbabwe strike straight back with another
try late in the 7th minute. A good conversion gives a half time score of
21 - 7. It looks like this is just one game too many for Hong Kong, as
Zimbabwe score another try in the first minute of second half. 28-7.
3:07 and another try for New Zealand - 35-7. Hong Kong have done
exceptionally well this year and showed great strength and improvement
in their game. Final score Zimbabwe 35 - 7 Hong Kong
and Russia have met just the once the IRB series. That game in 2007
Russia won 19 points to 10. And Russia are the ones to take the lead in
the second minute with a converted try. Korea 0 - 7 Russia. The second
try by Russia doubles the points, as yet without reply from Korea. Half
time 0 - 14. Korea are, as yet, unable to break down Russia as they
score the third try of the game to take the score to 0 - 19 with
just under 4 minutes to go. You Young-Nam responds for Korea with a try
in the fifth minute. The missed conversion, seems to be a strange trend
this Sevens with some very poor kicking taking place. Final score 5 -
and Tonga have met nine times in total in the IRB Sevens series. Tonga
have won 6 and Argentina 3. Their last meeting was in Wellington, New
Zealand, where the close match ended 17 - 19 in Tonga's favour. On 4
minutes Argentina broke the deadlock scoring a converted try to lead
Tonga 7 - 0. Tonga's reply took the rest of the half with a poor
conversion meaning Argentina lead Tonga 7 points to 5 at half time.
Tonga gets the second half underway with a converted try in the first
minute, but Argentina's response is swift with a well worked try across
the pitch to make it 12 -12. Some good tackling in the last 5 from
Argentina prevents Tonga getting a third try. Just under 3 minutes to
go. Then a run, kick, lucky bounce and Argentina break to score a
converted try on the fifth minute. Final score 19 - 12.
v Canada. The two teams have met 30 times in the past with France
winning 23 of the meetings. France have struggled a little this
tournament so this may be a very good chance for Canada to try and catch
up. It is France that takes first points though with Sarthou scoring a
good try in the second minute. France 5 - 0 Canada. A second from France
takes them to 10 points to nil with 3 minutes to go until half time. A
third from France as they take control of the game. Half time score 17 -
0. France score to put the game beyond Canada in the 3rd minute of the
second half, then again a minute later a Labarthe try to make the score
29 - 0. This is the most convincing victory of the whole tournament from
France as they score mid 6th minute pushing the score to 36 points
without reply. One last try but it is not by France this time! Final
score France 36 - 5 Canada.
for the Semi Finals of the Cup!! Two mouthwatering games the first
between heavyweights New Zealand v Fiji. These teams have met 48 times
in the IRB Sevens series and the stats are close, with New Zealand
winning 26 and Fiji 22. There is so much to play for, so much history,
not just with the Sevens but as two Rugby loving nations. New Zealand
kick off retaining possession, and do not let go until the first try on
1:22. Steven Yates scores but a poor conversion means New Zealand are
just 5 points ahead. 5 - 0. Fierce challenges results in a yellow card
for a Fiji player who is sent to the sin bin for 2 minutes. New Zealand
capitalise immediately and score a second try, this time Vistor Vito
going over the line. Another poor conversion. 10 - 0. With 5 minutes
gone, New Zealand are all over Fiji so far. Back to full strength Fiji
run the whole length of the pitch but quality tackling prevented a
certain try. Seconds to go in the first half, with a Fiji put-in. New
Zealand turn the ball over and a lucky bounce gives New Zealand their
third try of the game, Cama's this time, his sixth of the tournament.
15-0. Excellent conversion gives us a half time score of 17 - 0.
There is no love lost between the two games, tackles are hard, and the
game quick. But Fiji will need to turn on the magic to turn this game
around. Second half gets underway with Fiji kicking off. Straight from
the kick New Zealand push Fiji right back and Steven Yates scores a try
for New Zealand. Another poor conversion puts the score at 22 - 0. 5
minutes gone in the second half and Fiji still to score, but they lose possession
and New Zealand score again to make it 27 - 0. Tempers rise a little
with only seconds to go in the game. Fiji have never looked like scoring
and even now it looks like New Zealand will add to there total. This is
exactly what they do with Forbes scoring. Final Score 34 - 0.
next heavyweight semi is South Africa v Samoa. These two teams have met
38 times in the IRB Sevens series, South Africa have won 22 of the
matches and Samoa 13. Both teams have looked very strong, an impossible
game to predict. Samoa kicks off as the lights come on in the stadium.
It is Samoa who scores first, on 3 minutes, with a good kick, lucky
bounce, and some nice footwork. South Africa 0 - 7 Samoa. With close to
5 minutes gone now it is Samoa who seem to have the upper hand, but
South Africa kicks for touch close to the Samoa goal line. They make the
best of this move, and on 6:37 Mentz scores for South Africa to level
the scores. Half time score. 7 - 7. South Africa kicks to get the second
half under way. There is a lot at stake in this game and the heavy
tackles reflect this. Both teams are very evenly matched so far though.
So what to do? Lolo Lui of Samoa drop goals from close to the half way
line, an amazing kick, to give Samoa a 3 point advantage. South Africa
respond immediately, and score an excellent try on 4:37, but the
conversion is poor. 12 - 10. Samoa back on the attack, metres from the
South African goal line. Regular time is almost up. Regular time is now
up and South Africa progress. What an excellent game, dare we say one of
the best of the tournament again... Final score: 12 -
FOR THE FINALS!!! First up is Zimbabwe v Russia, the first time the two
have ever met in IRB Sevens series history. Zimbabwe take control,
pushing Russia back. 2 minutes gone now and most of the play has been in
the last few metres of Russia's territory. Russia kicks but Zimbabwe
does well to win the ball back and runs to a try, converted gives 7 - 0
to Zimbabwe. After 5 minutes Russia has been given little space
but they make a break and score a a converted try to equal the score.
Zimbabwe 7 - 7 Russia. Zimbabwe fight back to score a converted
try just before half time. Half time score. 14 - 7. But just int0 the
second minute of the next half, Russia find space in the Zimbabwe
defense to score a converted try again equalising the score. 14 - 14.
Zimbabwe almost score again but the attempted-try is ruled out for
touch. A great individual effort from Gvozdovskiy in the sixth minute
earns Russia a massive try to give them the lead for the first time this
game. 14 - 19. The hooter goes and Russia waste no time kicking out the
ball to win the Bowl Final. Congratulations to Russia!
up is the Plate Final between two of the greatest rugby nations in the
world, Argentina and France. France kick off the game, but
instantly lose possession to Argentina. France win it back and score an
incredible team try with Roux touching it down. Argentina 0 - 7 France.
The French are finding a lot of space to run at Argentina, they look up
for this. France keep up the pressure almost scoring another try but
stepping into touch at the last minute. France have a player sin binned
for 2 minutes, although I am not sure the player in question knew
anything about it. Argentina immediately punish France for this mistake
and level the scores. 7 - 7. France give the prefect response, as
Sarthou scores France's second try of the game. 7 - 14. Argentina get
the second half under way. Some of Argentina's passing and clever moves
bring back memories of the Rugby World Cup in France last year. Using
these clever moves, they score to bring the scores level again. 14 -
14. Some amazing play from Puojol, who wins France a good amount
of ground as they attach Argentina down the middle of the pitch. Almost
six minutes gone now as a silly mistake hands Argentina the ball. They
kick and run but the bounce forces it into touch 5 metres from the
French goal line. Now it is Argentina piling on the pressure. At full
time 14-14 as we move into sudden death, the first team to score now
wins the Plate Final. Tense moments and a horrible way for either team
to lose as they have both played exceptionally well. France kick
off, win a free kick from the kick off and decide to kick at goal.
Boos go around the ground, but they score and France win. A
terrible way to lose. Congratulations to both teams. France win 14 - 17.
New Zealand v South Africa. First the National Anthems. New
Zealand to kick off, and remember the final is 10 minutes each way. Can
New Zealand win a title they have not won since 2001? New Zealand the
first to pressure and that pays off with the first try of the game by
Lote Raikabula, try converted - New Zealand 7 - 0 South Africa. Now it
is South Africa to attack but they give away a penalty which New Zealand
kicks into touch in South Africa's half. New Zealand look unbeatable
just as they did against Fiji in the semi final. At the end of the
fourth minute Steven Yates score a try which is converted to double the
score to 14 points for New Zealand. New Zealand win it back n the half
line, but they this time give away a free kick. Souh Africa kicks for
touch but it misses and now New Zealand attack the South African
defense. New Zealand lose the ball and Mzwandile Stick of South Africa
runs half the pitch to place the ball beneath the posts. Successful
conversion. New Zealand 14 - South Africa 7. Now 6:53 on the clock.
South Africa now in New Zealand half with a scrum, New Zealand passes it
back, eventually they pass it wide, Cocker loses it but NZ retain
possession now moving into the South Africa half as Vito makes up half
the pitch in gain. South Africa kicks away but New Zealand pick up as
the hooter goes off. Great play by New Zealand as they scramble it over
the line to score a try. Half time New Zealand 21 - 7 South Africa.
South Africa have played amazingly well this tournament but New Zealand
have gone into another gear these past two games. They look unstoppable,
let's see if South Africa can do that. Three clothed streakers makes
some unscheduled entertainment during the half time break. South Africa
ready to kick off. Vito makes a good break for NZ who have little space
but Pietersen somehow finds some to score New Zealand a try. 26 - 7. Now
with 3 minutes just gone on the clock. Just over 5 minutes to go now.
New Zealand have been so dominant, rarely giving South Africa any chance
to sustain an attack. The six minute mark has just been passed on the
clock. South Africa kicks long for touch after New Zealand were
penalised attacking. South Africa wins the throw in and despite an
unlucky bounce they almost score. Now a scrum one metre from the NZ goal line.
Just over one minute left. New Zealand clears the ball to the mid
way line. seconds left now. One last try for South Africa but New
Zealand WIN 26- 12. That is seven tournament in a row for New Zealand
but the first Hong Kong Rugby Sevens since 2001. Well done New Zealand,
the last two games they played were simply outstanding!
ladies and gentlemen, we wish you a very pleasant evening from the Hong Kong Stadium.
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