Perfect conditions for the 2011 Hong Kong Sevens
to get underway. Australia v Zimbabwe get the event underway as the stadium
gradually begins to fill. Not too many crunch matches today, but still
some great line ups.
ASIA Travel Tips.com will be bringing you live
commentary from some of the matches as well as interviews with
fans and a few of all the fun the crowd and in particular the
infamous South Stand is having. Do also check out when all your
favourite teams are playing, and the results from the previous
matches in the
Fixtures and Results from the 2011 Hong Kong Sevens. And
Hong Kong Sevens: It's Not Just Rugby!
LIVE TEXT COMMENTARY of
2011 HONG KONG SEVENS FRIDAY, 25 MARCH
- It does not take long for Australia to draw
first blood of the Sevens and score a converted try under the posts.
- Zimbabwe have just been pinned to their back
line for the whole game so far as Australia score a second which
is well converted to give the Aussies a 14 - 0 score with just
over 2 minutes left in the first half.
- Very one sided game with Australia all over
the Zimbabwe team as the first half ends 14 - 0.
- The second half starts the same way as the
first ended and the score quickly increases to 28 - 0. Zimbabwe
will have realistically knows that their chances against the
Australians would have been slim, so perhaps they are keeping
their legs for the games where they stand more of a chance. Let's
- The South Stand is about 1/3 full and with the
smaller North Stand almost full. The East and West stands are
- Australia keep up the pressure and another
converted try gives the Aussie a 42 - 0 victory.
- Next up, South Africa vs the country the
Football World Cup Champions call home, Spain! After that, Fiji
- It's getting chilly here at the stadium, so if
you are coming later be sure to bring a thin jacket or pullover.
- Spain play well and the beginning of the
start, keeping the ball and pushing South Africa back for Blanco
to draw first blood with a dive into the corner. The conversion is
wide and the score is 0 - 5 to Spain.
- Have the South Africans underestimated the
Spanish? They get the ball and show why they are one of the best
teams in the world only to lose it to Spain who mount yet another
attack. Good stuff this from Spain.
- Paul Jordan however had other ideas on his
mind as he steals the ball and runs half the pitch to score. South
Africa now lead 7 - 5. That seemed like the motivation they needed
and South Africa score again to extend the lead to 12 - 5.
- The buzzer goes as Spain mount another attack,
lose it to South Africa who give it right back. The half ends 12 -
5 with South Africa showing flashes of inspiration and excellence,
Spain showing grit and determination.
- South Africa a little more determined in the
second half with Delport scoring a good try for South Africa to go
to 19 - 5.
- This is more like it from South Africa, as
they extend the lead to 26 - 5. The game ends 33 - 5. Spain
started well, but the giants of Rugby thgat are South Africa
gradually became more alert as the game went on finishing the game
with the best performance of any team so far.
- Next up it is Fiji v Malaysia. Surely there
can be only one result, or could Malaysia surprise us all and give
us a match to remember.
- Fiji very much in control but not overly
imposing themselves as yet. At 3:46 Matawalu picks it up of the
ground and scores the first try for Fiji to gain the lead 7 - 0.
Matawalu is hungry and scores his second in the corner. The
conversion was poor and the score is 12 - 0.
- Malaysia are having difficulty getting and
keeping the ball and Fiji seem to be taking the game more as a
training game than a competitive match. As the buzzer goes for the
first half, Mutuwalu takes the ball and runs into space to score
his third under the posts. The half ends 19 - 0 to Fiji.
- Will Malaysia find their legs, or more to the
point will Fiji let them find their legs in the second half, or is
there more misery in store for Malaysia.
- The answer to that question is a try from
Burotu within 30 seconds of the start of the second half. The
conversion hits the upright and it is 24 - 0. A minute later and
it is Burotu again who score under the posts to extend the score
to 31 - 0. Fiji are playing well, but you still get the feeling
they are not pushing themselves too hard, there is plenty in the
tank and you get the feeling this team could go far.
- The best try of the tournament so far. A
master class in fending off the opposition Batiratu rand the
line to carry all the way under the posts. Good conversion and it
is 38-0. Vucago keeps up the pressure and pushes the try to 45-0.
- Malaysia have no response to the power and
skill of the Fijian players. Another try from Nacagilevu takes the
score to 52 - 0.
- We have had few games so far and yet, Fiji
have shown the most promise. They finish the game 59 - 0.
- Next up Samoa and
Mexico, who are playing for the first time at the Hong Kong
- The England team are warming up, the music is
loud, the south Stand 2/3rds full and the beer flowing. England
play after the Samoa v Mexico game.
- We did not expect many surprises on the first
day this year. Samoa lead 26 - 0 and they have plenty left in the
tank. Argentina v Canada, Wales v Hong Kong, Kenya v Russia and
Scotland v Tonga all have the potential to give us an upset.
- Mexico get us underway in the second half. The
England team is Dan Norton, James Rodwell, Oliver Lindsay-Hague,
Ben Gollings, Mat Turner, and Chris Cracknell. On the bench Mark
Odejobi, Tom Powell, Nick Royle, John Brake and Dan Caprice.
- Samoa kept up the pressure against newcomers
Mexico and finish the game 64 - 0.
- Next up England v China - just what the crowd
ordered!!It is 17:55 here in Hong Kong, not too cool, just
slightly chilly, the stadium is 2/3rds full and the crowd are
looking forward to the next match.
China get us underway but England instantly take
possession and the number 10 shows the crowd he has the legs of a
20 year old by running half the length of the pitch. Yes, Gollings
has score the first try of the game. 5 - 0 to England.
- Some more great play from England with Mat
Turner scoring the second after just 2 minutes. England lead 12 -
- A good tackle from Cracknell, and another from
Rodwell deny China a try but they stubbornly kept going and are
rewarded with their first try of the tournament. 12 - 5.
- England respond immediately and Barden scores
a try under the posts to extend England's lead to 19 - 5. One
minute remaining in the first half. England are using the width of
the pitch expertly and score the final try of the half to lead 26
- 5. Some good play from England.
- Less than 20 seconds into the second and Dan
Norton skips around and through half the China team to score an
impressive try. 33 - 5.
- England look well organised, but have already
missed a couple of conversions. The lead is now 38 - 5. This time
its Mat Turner's time to run through the Chinese team for his
second try of the game. 45 - 5.
- 1 1/2 minutes remain and England reach 50
moving the score to a pleasing 52 - 5 with a good conversion.
- Greg Barden scores the last try of the game
and England win 59 -5.
- Next up New Zealand v Korea.
- Who has looked the most impressive so far?
England looked good, and well organised, but Fiji looked as if
they were in a training session with some serious mastery just
waiting to shine through.
- Still no upsets, but it is not raining, the
stadium is almost full, the music is pumping, the crowd drinking
and dancing - the party ladies and gentlemen has definitely
- Korea almost scored the first of the game
against New Zealand with a great run from Choi Si-won, but he
fumbled on the line for New Zealand to take it back and run to a
try. Moments later, New Zealand score again and the score is
suddenly 14 - 0 with over 4 minutes remaining.
- With seconds to go in the first half New
Zealand score a try under the posts, convert and the score stands
at 21 - 0. Another in the first minute of the second pushes the
score to 28 - 0. The Koreans have little in reply to New Zealand's
strength and lose the game 61 - 0.
- We have had 6 games so far and only two teams
- Spain and China - have managed to score any points against the
- Next up Argentina v Canada. This could be a
close game, despite Argentina's obvious strength and skill, Canada
tend to start the tournament well only to run out of steam in the
later games, and as if to prove the points they hold of Argentina
for almost 4 minutes before they score to take a slender 7 - 0
lead. Canada do threaten to respond and with just over 30 seconds
left on the 1st half clock they score a try draw closer and then
score again to take the lead at half time. It is 7 - 12.
- This is looking like it will be the upset of
the day, with Canada playing the more creative rugby to extend the
lead 7 - 17. Just three minutes remain and the South Stand is
almost full - and that's official!
- Ciaran Hearn extends Canada's lead even
further with a try to give Canada a strong lead of 7 - 22. And
while there may be less than a minute Argentina score a good try
to pull the scores closer. 14 - 22 and 41 seconds remain which was
not enough despite a last second converted try. The game ends with
the first upset of the day, Canada win 21 - 22. Well done Canada.
- The next game features Wales who can be
unpredictable at the Sevens. With the backing of the crowd Hong
Kong could well cause the second upset of the day. Too much to
ask? We will soon find out.
- The crowd goes wild. Yes, ladies and gentlemen
Hong Kong are on the pitch and their foes for this game, Wales.
But Adam Thomas has obviously not read the script and scores the
first try of the game which is converted to give Wales a 7 - 0
lead much to the dislike of the crowd.
- It only takes a glimmer of an attack from Hong
Kong for the crowd to go wild, but Wales look alert and are up for
this game, scoring a second to extend the lead to 14 - 0.
- Each time Hong Kong look close to scoring they
seem disorganised in defense and allow Wales to attack deep which
is what they do and succeed in scoring their third try of the game
with just over 2 minutes remaining in the first half. The
conversion is good and Wales lead 21 - 0.
- There have been moments of hope for Hong Kong
but Wales defended well, and then just as I type that the crowd
lift the roof off the stadium as they break through the Welsh
defense for Rowan Varty to score a try. The score is 21 - 7 and
that's half time.
- Jevon Groves adds to the score line to
make it 28 - 7 with just over 4 minutes remaining in the second
half. To be fair to Hong Kong, Wales are looking good.
- Cuthbert continues the Welsh advance and
scores under the posts to push the lead to 35 - 7. With all but
one of the favourite teams scoring large scores it is important
for Wales to put as much on the score board as possible.
- With just 21 seconds to go, Hong Kong hero,
Rowan Varty scores an impressive try out running the Welsh defense
for his second of the game. The game ends 35 - 12.
- Up next the Women's Final with France v
Canada. After this only four games remain for the day with a
possible crunch match between Scotland and Tonga and an
interesting game between Kenya - who normally play very well at
the Hong Kong Sevens - and Russia. The other two games are USA v
Japan and an all European affair between France and Portugal.
- Tomorrow the first big game is Australia v
Canada, which could be a slippery banana for Australia who on
paper should not lose but as Canada just showed against Argentina
they are not to be underestimated. The Samoa v Tonga game a little
later on Saturday should be a tough encounter for the players and
an entertaining spectacle for the crowd. Then at 17:28 South
Africa will take on Wales, perhaps the biggest game of the
tournament this far, then Fiji v Kenya, Samoa v Scotland, England
v USA and New Zealand v France all promise an exciting end to the
- In the women's final, Canada proved the
stronger and more creative to beat France 14 - 28.
- Next up Kenya v Russia, which could be an
excellent game. The Kenyans are good, very good, but just what do
Russia bring to the table?
- The Russians take first blood despite a
positive start from Kenya. It is Russia up 0 - 5. The crowd has
gone a little quiet but that does not stop Russia from scoring a
second which is not converted. The score is 0 - 10.
- Kenya, who normally play so well at the Hong
Kong Sevens, are being completely overrun by Russia as they score
a third to end the half 0 - 15.
- As the second half gets underway Russia
continue to pile the pressure on Kenya with another try that is
converted to give them a 0 - 22 lead. Kenya do not seem to have
woken up yet, and are definitely not playing like they normally
- Finally a response from Kenya comes with just
over two minutes on the clock. 5 - 22. Enough time for Kenya to
make a comeback? No, is the answer. The game ends 5 - 22.
Next up Scotland v Tonga. When asked whether
this will be as good a match as it sounds, a well know veteran
radio commentator said, "you just never know with Tonga, you just
never know who is going to turn up". So it could be a cracker,
- Scotland put their names on the scoreboard
first with a try. 5 - 0. Scotland are having most of the
possession but at just 5 - 0 the lead is too slender to be any
where near complacent. This could go either way. Half time 5 - 0.
- 35,000 attended the 7s tonight. Expect more
tomorrow, and totally full house for the best day of the weekend,
- 2 minutes into the second half and it is game
on! with Tonga scoring a try in the corner - 5 - 5. This is not
the game I expected, rather dull affair. Scotland need to up their
- Scotland did not capitalise on their
possession in the first half but Tonga have not so far made the
same mistake in the second. They score a second try and take the
score to 10 - 5. How will Scotland respond. Less than 30 seconds
on the clock now. The buzzer goes with Scotland in control, they
could steal it from here. Running wide they make a long pass and
Michael Fedo scores a try to level. It is 10 - 10. Tonga just
missed a conversion in front of the posts, how much is that going
to cost them. Can Scotland score the first conversion of the game?
YES, they can and they win 12 - 10!
- Next up USA v Japan. The Japanese always
compete with so much heart and determination, and often almost
cause big upsets. On the other hand, the USA seem to improve each
year, this could be a close game.
- The Japanese are in red and the Americans in
blue. And it is Zach Test from America who scores the first try
after almost two minutes. Poor conversion gives the USA a lead of
5 points to nil.
- But what did I say about determination? The
big No.4 Lepuha Latuila scores a brilliant solo try running half
the length of the pitch and avoiding tackles to score in the
corner. The try is converted and Japan take the lead. 5 - 7. Two
minutes to go in the first half.
- The Americans were right back into the
Japanese and some good team work laid the ball off to Paul Emerick
who ran the try under the posts. A good try means the USA lead 12
- This games has had some of the best tries of
the whole day. A second Japanese try is under review by the
officials and the ref gives it to equal the scores. 12 - 12.
Another difficult conversion could give Japan the lead but it goes
wide. At half time it is 12 - 12.
- Second half gets underway, and a careless long
ball from Japan gets intercepted by the Americans. Cheap way to
give away the ball. Five minutes remain.
- Hawkins pushes USA back into the lead with a
score under the posts. 19 - 12. The Americans continue their
offensive and score another try 26 - 12. But Japan are not out
yet, some good work pushes the US back into their own half and
Japan to put in near the 22. Just over 1 minute remains. A
converted try is the result of some excellent play and the score
is 24 - 19.
- The buzzer goes and the Americans kick out
much to the displeasure of the crowd who make sure the USA knows
exactly how they feel about that move. Game ends 24 - 19.
Next up France Portugal. Portugal win 5 - 12.
LIVE TEXT COMMENTARY
FROM 2011 HONG KONG RUGBY SEVENS - SATURDAY 26 MARCH 2011
- The Rugby Gods are obviously smilling on Hong
Kong as after a great first day the weather has if anything warmed
up slightly. The sun is beginning to break through the few clouds,
the South Stand looks full even though it is only 09:53 and the
rest of the stadium is filling gradually.
- So what is the difference between the stands?
The South stand is wear most of the fun costumes and often
outrageous behaviour takes place, it is in a way the beating heart
of the stadium when the Sevens are in town, as those brace enough
to venture inside provide a lot of entertainment for the whole
crowd regardless of what the rugby is like. The further back you
position yourself in this stand the less chance you have of being
drenched in beer, PIMMS or worse. The stand is restricted to over
18s and unless you arrive early on Saturday then you are going to
have to endure some very serious queues. Once you leave the stand
you have to queue again to be able to get back in. The stand has
its own toilets, food outlets and of course plenty, and we do mean
plenty of beer!!
- The North stand is much more subdued but still
a lot of fun as it is one of the other stands where you can freely
drink alcohol. Again the early bird gets the worm and you will
find people arriving early to reserve seats for themselves and all
- There is also free seating in the corners of
the stadium where you can also drink without any restrictions.
These again fill early as people do like to sit close to the South
Stand without actually venturing in.
- The two upper stands, East and West are the
only stands where you are not allowed to drink alcohol. This may
sound restrictive but is probably a good thing considering how
steep and high they are. Our recommendation would be to choose the
West stand as the East gets the sun (if there is any) in the
- There are also lots of corporate boxes and if
you are lucky enough to get an invitation to one then you are in
for a great time as they are often decorated, free flow of drinks
and food and are a great place to network and have fun. According
to one person we spoke to this morning, UBS have the best box in
the house (and we did verify that he does not work for them) but
we have no way to actually compare them so we will have to take
his word for it.
- Food and drinks are available in all the
stands. Most of the roaming vendors that come to you sell hot
dogs, meat pies, and jugs of beer (where it is allowed) and PIMMS.
- People from all over the world come to the
Sevens, so if you have never been before, then make sure you booke
your place at what many people regard as the greatest sporting
weekend party in the world. They can't all be wrong!!
- The South Stand is now full and are in good
voice, a sea of colours with some of the most imaginative costumes
you will ever see in one place. A few have them have not been home
after the opening last night, more than a few won't make it in
tomorrow for the finals, so to take the one theme we received from
all the video interviews we did with fans this morning - take is
easy, and pace yourselves!!
- First game today Argentina v Zimbabwe. Kick
off in 15 minutes @ 10:30. For listings of the other games see:
Fixtures and Results from the 2011 Hong Kong Rugby Sevens.
- Argentina did not play well yesterday and lost
21 - 22 to Canada. They should be too strong for Zimbabwe however
and take first blood of the day with a try under the posts. A
successful conversion gives Argentina a 7 - 0 lead. But Zimbabwe
are playing better than they did yesterday or perhaps Argentina
are just not as strong opposition as Australia were on Friday.
Despite a comeback from Zimbabwe Argentina managed to hold them
off for a 21 - 12 win. Argentina will need to improve their game
against the stronger teams. Their next game is against Australia
later this afternoon.
- Next up. Wales v Spain. It was the Spanish
team that yesterday gave the crowd a surprise leading the South
Africans by 5 points to nil, only for South Africa to come back
and beat them convincingly. Wales looked strong yesterday
and it is they who score first with a converted try. Wales lead 7
- 0. Another try for Wales takes the score to 14 - 0. Spain are
having difficulty keeping the ball. And of course, as soon as I
write that then Spain score. 14 - 5. Wales respond instantly with
another converted try. At half time it is 21 - 5. Spain pushed
hard in the second half and almost scored but some selfish play
and sloppy passing combined with a resolute Welsh defense managed
to safeguard the Welsh lead. One minute to go in the second and
still 21 - 5. They may have spent most of the second half in their
own half but Wales score with the last play of the game to win 28
- 5. Wales are looking strong.
- Next up Kenya v Malaysia. And Malaysia score
their first try of the tournament after just 2 minutes of the game
to give themselves a lead of 0 - 5. But it takes Kenya just a
minute to respond with a good try under the post from Collins
Injera. Kenya leads 7 - 5.
- Much, much warmer here in Hong Kong today. The
sun is out and there is a refreshing breeze. Perfect conditions
for a party, and just a little rugby to go with it!
- Kenya extend their lead with a try but fail to
convert. 12 - 5. Another from Sidney Ashioya gives Kenya a 19 - 5
lead with just seconds to go in the first half. Some poor passing
from Kenya gives Malaysia an interception and after some good team
work they score under the posts for to bring the game closer. 19 -
12 @ half time.
- Next year of course this will no longer be the
Cathay Pacific / Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens as
HSBC bought the global series title late last year.
- Kenya get the second half off to a good start
with a decent converted try. 26 - 12. Another extends the lead to
33 - 12. Less than two minutes to go and Kenya extend their lead
to 38 - 12. The buzzer goes and another score under the posts
gives Kenya a 45 - 12 victory.
- Next up Scotland v Mexico!! At half time it is
19 - 0.
- There is a lot more to the Sevens than just
drinking and rugby. See:
Hong Kong Sevens: Itís Not Just Rugby!
- Quick try in the second half for Scotland
pushes the score to 26 - 0. Remember this is Mexico's first time
at the Sevens here in Hong Kong. Another converted try and it is
33 - 3. The game ends 40 - 7.
China will get all the support of the crowd, or
at least 99% of it, as USA takes them on. Not a traditional rugby
nation, they, similar to teh Canadians, seem to get better each
year. With two minutes remaining in the first half USA leads 12 -
5. But China's response is swift and Lu Zhuan score a try under
the posts, much to the delight of the South Stand and the rest of
the crowd. The try is converted 12 - 7.
- The buzzer goes and the USA skips over some
challenges to run into the corner and score a try under the posts.
The half ends 17 - 7.
- The USA gets the second half underway in the
same style as they ended the first, scoring a try to extend the
lead to 24 - 7.
- China's response is again swift with a good
try from Long Hanxiao. 24 - 4 with just under 3 minutes remaining.
The Americans are too strong though, as they continue their
domination of this match, and Zach Test runs through a couple of
weak challenges to score again. 31 - 14. The game ends 36 - 14.
- Next up France v Korea, which ends 40 - 7.
Korea are normally a surprise element to the Sevens but this year
have not been in form as yet.
- Next Australia v Canada, and if Canada's form
is anything to by, this game could give us a surprise result. It
is a long shot, but they have a good chance. It is Canada that get
us underway. Yesterday the Canadian women comprehensively beat the
French team in the women's final and it is the men that take first
blood against the Aussie with a try in the corner to lead
Australia 0 - 5.
- Canada are playing some very attractive rugby
and nearly score a second but the ship runs just long. But they
keep at it, they have a hunger and style vastly improved from
previous HK Sevens and score a second try with 4 minutes remaining
in the first half. Canada lead 0 - 12.
- Seconds later and they almost score a third,
but they lose the ball on the line and Australia attack to score a
try after Canada lose a player for a penalty. 5 - 12.
- Canada playing the better rugby but with a man
less will they be able to hold of Australia. Some good defending
from Canada saves what would have been another Australian try. 7 -
12 with 47 seconds remaining in the first.
- Some of the BEST rugby of the whole tournament
thus far, Canada outclass Australia totally with a man less as
well. Some great passes and strong legs down the line help Canada
to their third try of the game and at half time it is 7 - 17. What
an outstanding try. Game on!!!
- The Aussies get the second half underway. They
have the class, the pedigree and talent, can they come back
against this determined Canadian team?
- Less than a minute and Australia score a
converted try. 14 - 17. Very close now.
- The half team chat worked for Australia as
seconds after their first in the second they score another to take
the lead. They miss the conversion but take a slender two point
lead. Just over4 minutes remain.
- Canada were doing well with their attack
against Australia but some sloppy passing and lack of support from
fellow teammates gave Australia a try under the posts . 26 - 17.
- This game is far from over. Just a minute
remains but the gap in points is now just 2 points as they score a
try and convert. 26 - 24. Which is how the game ends. A very close
call for the Aussies, who will need to play much better than that
as the tournament progresses.
- Next, South Africa against the home team Hong
Kong. The South Africans score the first try in just over 30
seconds. 7 - 0. A very clever set piece gives South Africa a
second under the post. 14 - 0.
- Hong Kong just cannot get into the game and
South Africa take a third and the lead grows to 19 - 0 with just
over 2 minutes left in the first half. Another try, and South
Africa are giving Hong Kong a demonstration of their passing
skills. 26 - 0.
- The buzzer goes and Hong Kong have not even
left their own half yet. Some clever footwork from Cecil leads to
a converted try, and South Africa, end the first half with an
imposing 33 - 0 lead.
- South Africa continues the second as they
finished the first half, and contain Hong Kong easily. They score
a converted try and the slead extends to 40 - 0. Chris Dry scores
his hat trick and it is 45 - 0 with just over 2 minutes remaining.
Hong Kong are a good team but South Africa are one of the best
teams in the world and far too strong for the locals. The game
ends 45 - 0.
- Next up the very impressive Fiji against
Russia. Yesterday Fiji beat Malaysia 59 - 0 without even breaking
a sweat. Russia will be harder opposition but it is very hard to
see them making any leeway against this excellent Fiji team.
- Some beautiful passing rugby as Fiji score the
first try after just two minutes. A poor conversion gives Fiji a 5
- 0 lead. They maintain the pressure instantly and they
demonstrate just how important team work is with a well worked try
to extend the lead 10 - 0 after another very poor conversion.
Can't help but wonder whether poor conversions could cost Fiji as
the tournament progresses.
- More superb rugby from Fiji, as they show why
they must be one of the absolute favourites for the tournament.
They are strong, work well together and are extremely skillful.
The score 17 - 0 with just over one minute remaining.
- Russia have not left their own half yet, the
pressure from Fiji is comprehensive. Fifteen seconds remain with
Fiji on the attack, but the move breaks down and it is 17 - 0 at
- As the second begins, Russia on the attack
break into Fiji's half for the first time this game. They
play it wide across the 22, switch to the othger side as they try
to find holes in the Fiji defense which they find after a
sustained effort. 17 - 7.
- For once some poor passing from Fiji gives the
ball to Russia and they do not make a mistake as Zaporzhin runs to
score under the posts. 17 - 14. How will Fiji recover from this?
Three minutes remain.
- If you are going to reply then make it clear,
and wow did Nikola Matawalu make his response clear to Russia
almost scoring with an attempt running half the pitch to have his
feet knocked into touch just 3 metres from the Russian line. A
throw in, screum and Fiji maintain the pressure with Joeli
Lutumailigi scores to extend the lead 22 - 14. 45 seconds remain.
Emosi Vucago scores with a drive under the posts and the game ends
29 - 14.
- Next up Samoa v Tonga. England are warming up
next to the South Stand in preparation for their next match
against Japan. That games follows this potential bone cruncher.
Amazingly these two teams have never met in Hong Kong before.
- Tonga get us underway, and score the fastest
try of the tournament, taking just 13 seconds to score under the
posts. 0 - 7. Tong extend their lead with a second try in the
corner. 0 - 12.
- The England team for the next game against
Japan is: Tom Powell, James Rodwell, Nick Royle, Oliver
Lindsay-Hague, the legend Ben Gollings, Mat Turner, Chris
Cracknell. On the bench are Mark Odejobu, Greg Barden, Dan Norton,
John Brake and Dan Caprice.
- Back to the Samoa v Tonga game and Samoa score
a converted try to pull back. 7 - 12. Back to forth stuff on the
pitch and as predicted some bone crunching tackles with one player
currently having medical attention after a thumping tackle. Etueni
Siua who had been flattened finally gets to his feet and gingerly
comes off the pitch to the applause and relief of the crowd.
- Excellent game and as the buzzer goes Tonga
lose the ball just metres from Samoa's line. Now it is Samoa who
attacks and Iosefo scores under the posts to give Samoa a slender
two point lead at half time. 14 - 12.
- Referee for the England game against Japan is
Andrew Lees from Australia.
- Some amazing costumes in the South Stand, who
are eagerly anticipating the England game despite this Samoa v
Tonga game being one of the best of this year's Sevens so far.
- Samoa gets us underway in the second, and
score after just one minute. The try was Iosefo's third try in
this game. 19 - 12.
- Sosaia Palei scores a try in response for
Tonga and the score becomes 19 - 17. Just two points in it, and
Tonga are vastly improved over yesterday whereas Samoa look
slightly heavy on their feet. The buzzer goes, and fair play to
Samoa who do not kick out but run the ball for a try to end the
game 24 - 17.
- Next up England! It is getting cooler in Hong
Kong, but the temperature in the stadium has just risen as the
crowd welcomes England, possibly the HK Sevens' favourite team.
England get us underway and instantly impose themselves on the
Japanese . Almost the first two minutes of the game are played
three metres from Japan's line.
- England score a try and convert to give
themselves the lead but Japan respond instantly and score a
converted try to level the scores. 7 - 7. Half time it is 7 - 7.
- England score a second which is again matched
by Japan. 14 - 14. A great solo effort from Dan Norton regains the
lead for England. 21 - 14. Twinkle toes from Oliver Lindsay-Hague
who scores his second by skipping around the Japan defense. 28 -
14. A beautifully weighted chip gives Tom Powell the ball to run
onto and he scores in the corner as England impose their dominance
on the game. 33 - 14.
- The buzzer goes and England win possession
from Japan who were making ground down the wing. The game ends. 33
- Next, New Zealand v Portugal ended 19 - 12.
- Canada against Zimbabwe is next up and Canada
have impressed this whole tournament so it is difficult to see
them losing to Zimbabwe, in fact some could argue they were a
little unlucky to lose to Australia. With two minutes remaining in
the first half it is Canada 19 - 0, which is how the half ends.
- Sita for Zimbaawe scores his first try of the
game in the corner to give Zimbabwe a glimmer of hope. 19 - 5.
- Just noticed that they have added some extra
protection to the barriers separating the fans from the pitch,
presumably to strengthen them and to try and deter streakers. Will
be interesting to see how effective they are especially on Sunday
when the majority of streakers make a run for it, or at least try
- Canada are doing most of the defending in the
second half and Zimbabwe's continued pressure pays off with a
score under the posts to take the game to 19 - 10. Canada end the
game with a surge of strength and score the final try of the game
to make the score 24 - 10.
- Next, Hong Kong against Spain, a game which
Hong Kong, with the backing of the home crowd, should win. Having
said that Spain did score 5 points against South Africa so perhaps
they will give the home team a run for their money.
- 3 minutes into the game and it is Spain on the
attack. Fairly evenly balanced. Boos from the crowd at this
juncture of the game only mean one thing and that is a Spanish
try. Martin places the ball between the posts and converts his own
try to give the Spanish a 0 - 7 lead.
- Spain are down to 6 men after a yellow card,
and Hong Kong take full advantage with Simon Leung scoring a try
beneath the posts to equal the score. 7 - 7. The buzzer goes for
half time and Spain kick the ball out of play. 7 - 7.
- The New Zealand radio guys here at the Sevens
are still celebrating yesterday's World Cup Cricket victory
against South Africa! Congratulations guys.
- Back here in Hong Kong, Spain run out of touch
just inches from the line. Hong Kong almost break through from the
subsequent line out but lose the ball back to Spain who generously
give it back. Close game with Spain having the better chances so
far and spending a lot more of their time in Hong Kong's 22.
- Spain finally break through the Hong Kong
defense and score their second try of the game. The conversion
hits the upright and the score remains 7 - 12.
- Spain keep up the pressure looking for a third
try. Just one minute remains in the second half. Boos ring out
again as Spain decide to kick a penalty and increase their lead to
7 - 19. A try and Spain win the game 7 - 24.
- Russia have not won a game yet, but this nexxt
game against Malaysia is their chance to put some points on the
board. With a minute to go it is 31 - 0.
- The buzzer goes, and Russia skip through a few
Malaysian players to extend the lead. At half time, the score is
38 - 0.
- It is 15:47 in Hong Kong and Malaysia get the
second half underway, but Russia are immediately in control and
mound on the pressure.
- Some cracking games later today. Australia v
Argentina is at 17:06, South Africa v Wales at 17:28, England v
USA at 18:34 and the final game of the day, New Zealand v France
at 18:56. Of course there are many games until then and in between
those listed but those are just a few that jump off the page.
Fixtures and Results from 2011 Hong Kong Sevens.
- Russia continue their destruction of the
Malaysian team taking the score to 43 - 0, with little in reply
from Malaysia. 4 minutes remain. A final try ends the game with
Russia victorious. 50 - 0.
- Next, Tonga v Mexico. BTW that extra security
against streakers I mentioned earlier seems to look an awful lot
like latticing or fencing you would use in a garden. HKRU being
- Tong and Mexico have met twice before and
Mexico have yet to win with both occasions ending in a victory for
Tonga. And that is how the game starts with Tonga putting the
first points on the board. 5 - 0. A try from Joseph Lui extends
Tonga's score to 10 - 0. The conversion was unsuccessful. There
has been a lot of poor kicking during the Sevens this year so far.
Tonga are having a party as there is still two minutes to go and
another try push Tonga's score to 15 - 0.
- The crowd always love an underdog and it is of
Mexico's first Hong Kong Sevens, plus of course if they do
score a Mexican song is played to the crowd. All good fun. At
least for the crowd and Tonga now leads 22 - 0 and Mexico look a
long way from scoring. Half time, 22 - 0.
- More misery for Mexico in the second half with
Mexico scoring a converted try to extend their lead to 29 - 0.
Another under the posts makes it 36 - 0. Three minutes remain.
- The game ends 41 - 0. a very one-sided affair.
- Next Japan against China.
- Not too sure about the "fun" videos they play
at the interlude during this year's Sevens. They do not seem to be
lifting the crowd like the ones they had last year.
- Japan gets us underway against China, but it
is the latter that starts the stronger with a try in under two
minutes. China lead - 0 - 5.
- Some good play from China, and Japan which are
normally such a tricky team to play against at the Hong Kong
Sevens seem distracted, very understandable considering the recent
disaster. To reinforce that point, the two teams have met six
times at the Hong Kong Sevens and China have yet to win one game.
China lead 0 - 12 at half time.
- As the second gets underway Japan pile
on the pressure and score their first game after a minute and an
half. 7 - 12 with four minutes remaining.
- A China attack breaks down and Narita of Japan
wins the ball to run half the length of the pitch to score a try
in the corner. The conversion is missed, and with just two minutes
to go it is 12 - 12.
- The Japanese have no desire to let slip their
unbeaten record against China at the Hong Kong Sevens and try at
the end of the game to win 17 - 12.
- Next Portugal against Korea. Just 7 games
- If you have not yet see Cathay Pacific's "Game
On" Hong Kong Sevens advertisement. Go to YouTube and check it
out. Excellent stuff, and the best video we have seen all day at
- The Portugal v Korea ends the first half 17 -
7, and in the second Portugal are quick to extend that lead with
another converted try to make it 24 - 7. Korea responds with a try
of its own staying in the game with just over four minutes
remaining. 24 - 14. Two more tries extend the Portuguese lead to
34 - 14 and with all but 45 seconds remaining it is as good as
game over for Korea. The buzzer goes but rather than kick out
Portugal go for another try and Gardener score under the posts to
end the game 41 - 14.
- Next Australia v Argentina, a game that on
Argentina's current form this Sevens Australia should not lose.
- Australia gets us underway. A risky back flip
from Australia pays off and a lucky bounce gives Angus a clear run
to the posts. Australia lead 7 - 0. Argentina respond immediately
and attack with finesse using the width of the pitch to stretch
the Australians. Argentina now on Australia's 22. 4 minutes
remain. Australia fighting to get out out of their own half. And
when they do some good team work and passing, stretching the
Argentinians, gives John Grant a try to extend the Australian's
lead to 14 - 0. The buzzer goes and Argentina have a line-out 30
metres from Australia's line, but they lose the ball and Foley
runs over half the length of the pitch to score and give Australia
a lead of 21 - 0 at half time.
- The Argentinians get the second half underway.
They have not performed to their full potential at this year's
Sevens, will they have what it takes to respond to Australia? It
takes them just over a minute to score their first try of the game
and convert. 21 - 7. Argentina maintain the pressure and Santiago
scores their second try to bring the game within distance. With
almost 4 minutes remaining it is 21 - 14. Definitely a game of two
halves as it stands now, Argentina are a different team from the
first half. Tevita Kuridrani comes on for Australia, as the Aussie
push Argentina back. Australia won a penalty 30 metres out and
while some teams would have been tempted to kick, Australia went
for a try. 25 seconds remains. The buzzer goes and the game ends
21 - 14.
- Next, South Africa against Wales. Five games
remain today. Both South Africa and Wales have played some very
attractive rugby so far this tournament, and while on paper South
Africa are favourites, Wales are sure to have other ideas. Should
be a great game ahead.
- South Africa gets us underway, and they score
the first try of the game after a scramble on the line. Cecil
Afrika converts his own try and South Africa lead 7 - 0.
Sibusiso Sithole scores the second for South Africa. 14 - 0. Just
under three minutes remain. This game is a long way from over
however, and Wales score a very well worked try. 14 - 5. Paul
Delport score with two second to go, and South Africa extend their
lead to 21 - 5, which is how we go into half time.
- The second half gets underway with Wales on
the attack and Alex Cuthbert scores a try in the corner. Still
time for Wales to come back against the Africans. 5 minutes
remain. 21 - 12. Wales will need to keep this up to stand a chance
of winning this game. Cecil Afrika is playing for the South
Africans though, and he holds off defense from Wales to help set
up a try for Reupena Levasa. Just over three minutes remain and it
is 28 - 12. Wales attack with urgency but a fumble gives the ball
back to South Africa and Afa Aiono scores to push the lead to 35 -
12. Just over one minute remains. Sani Nuie scores after
the buzzer with some magical dancing feet skipping through the
Welsh defense. The game ends 42 - 12.
- Next, Fiji against Kenya. Fiji have played
some impressive rugby so far this Sevens and somehow managed to
look as if they were not even trying. Kenya on the other hand have
not performed as they normally do at the 7s. It is the Fijians
that get us underway, and the first to score with Mitieli
Nacagilevu passes the ball off to Joeli Lutumailagi scoring the
try. 7 - 0. Some more exceptional passing rugby gives Fiji a
second 12 - 0.
- The past couple of years Kenya have been a
difficult team to play against, giving many of the best teams in
the world a run for their money but at the 2011 Hong Kong Sevens
their performance has been far from convincing and against a team
like Fiji that is going to cost you and cost you big. Another try
for Fiji 19 - 0, two minutes remain. Kenya have yet to leave their
half and have been camped out on their 22 for most of the game
thus far. One minute to go. Fiji's Emosi Vucago steals the ball to
score a try under the posts right on the buzzer. The first half
ends 26 - 0.
- So far South Africa and Fiji have been the
most impressive teams. While it would be great to see Kenya make a
match of this game, at 26 - 0 and with Fiji in this superlative
form, it is hard to see them getting anything.
- The second half gets underway and we are right
back to where we were in the first half, Kenya's 22. Fiji on
constant attack mode. Despite some attempts from Kenya to break
through the Fijian defense Fiji's Watisoni Votu breaks through and
lays the ball off to Lutumailagi to score. 33 - 0. Here they are
again, a master class in rugby for Kenya today. That's 40 - 0.
Just under two minutes remain. The game ends 40 - 0.
- Samoa against Scotland is next, then England v
USA and then to end the day New Zealand v France.
- The England team for the game against the USA
is Greg Barden. Dan Norton, James Rodwell, Oliver Lindsay-Hague,
Ben Gollings, Mat Turner and Chris Cracknell. On the bench are
Mark Odejobi, Tom Powell, Nick Royle, John Brake and Dan Caprice.
The referee will be Frederico Anselmi from Argentina. England are
warming up as the Samoa v Scotland game gets underway.
- Samoa have not looked their normal impressive
selves this year but they score twice and with two minutes
remaining it is 10 - 0. A third from Alafoti Faosiliva gives Samoa
17 - 0 with just 44 seconds on the clock. The first half ends 17 -
- England are still warming up on the sidelines.
Cannot see the US team anywhere.
- Scotland will get us back underway for the
second half. It does not start well for Scotland with Samoa
wasting no time to put another 5 points on the board with a try.
24 - 0. It takes Scotland 9 1/2 minutes to score their first
points of the game. 24 - 7 with four minutes remaining. Sani Nuie
takes the game beyond Scotland as he skips through a very weak
Scotland defense. That was too easy. 31 - 7.
- England still warming up and training on the
sidelines. 2 minutes remain in the Samoa Scotland game. Some good
play from Scotland results in a converted try but with 33 seconds
left in the game it is too little too late. The game ends 31 - 14.
- Next, England v USA. There was a time when
England would have been expected to walk through this match, but
the USA has improved so much in recent times that this game is
going to be anything but easy. England have been disciplined with
their play so far, but this is the biggest test that has faced up
- The Sevens legend Gollings gets us underway,
and England retain the ball from the start as they work the ball
out to Rodwell who slides over as he is being tackled but manages
to place it down over the line. First blood to England who lead 5
- 0. Seconds after missing the conversion, the super speedy Dan
Norton scores a try running down the wing leaving flames in his
wake. It is England 10 - 0. Zach Test breaks through the England
defense and scores a try to bring the USA back into the game. It
is 10 - 5 and two minutes remain. With so many poor conversions,
you cannot help but wonder whether they will be costly, either in
this game or later in the Sevens. An American attack breaks down
on the England 22 and they pick a loose ball up to run through and
Dan Norton places the ball under the posts with Gollings
converting to end the half 17 - 5.
- The USA will get the second half underway. It
is almost dark here in Hong Kong now, the music is playing the
stadium must be almost full, if not actually full. 7 minutes
remain. And England score a stunning try with Oliver Lindsay-Hague
breaking through the US defense scoring a try that takes England's
lead to 22 - 5. Another missed conversion. Seconds later it is BEN
GOLLINGS scores to take England to 27 - 5. England are looking
dangerous, if they can carry that form into the final day tomorrow
then they could be serious challengers to the likes of South
Africa and Fiji. 4 minutes remain. 27 - 5.Choruses of Sweet
Chariots can be heard once again at the Hong Kong stadium as
England attack and nobody can catch Dan Caprice as he scores in
the corner and England are winning this game 32 - 5. ENGLAND ARE
ON FIRE!! Nick Royle scores and the lead extends to 37 - 5. Yet,
another missed conversion, but when you are 32 points ahead it
does not matter so much. But what about tomorrow? 15 seconds to go
and the USA score a last try. The game ends 37 - 12.
- Next New Zealand against France. Portugal beat
France yesterday and it is hard to see them making much of an
impact on a solid New Zealand team. This ladies and gentlemen is
the last game of the day. It is 18:55 here in Hong Kong.
- New Zealand gets the game underway, but it is
France that attack first and look as if they are going to score
but some good defensive play on NZ's 5-metre line stops them and
New Zealand win the ball back. Declan O'Donnell breaks through the
French line and scores a good solo try to put the first points on
the board. New Zealand lead 7 - 0. How will France respond? They
fight back with determination and France score a try and convert
to pull the scores level 7- 7. The first half ends 7 - 7.
- Could the Cup Quarter Finals be New Zealand v
Portugal, South Africa v Fiji, Samoa v Australia and England v
Russia. (this is not yet confirmed).
- Second half gets underway with France
immediately on the attack but they are pulled back and it will be
a scrum with a New Zealand put in. France are down to six men
after Paul Albaladejo is penalised with a yellow card for a
tackle. 7 - 7 with 5 minutes to go. New Zealand almost make the
most of the extra man but miss out on a try going into touch on
the 5 metre line. France are back to 7 men. But New Zealand does
not seem to have noticed as Buxton Popoalii breaks through and
puts New Zealand back in the lead. 12 - 7.Three minutes remain and
this could go either way, a converted try is all that is needed. A
French attack breaks down in New Zealand's half and the All Blacks
take full advantage and score a try to extend their lead to 19 -
7. The hooter goes and the game ends 19 - 7.
Another great day at the 2011 Hong Kong Sevens.
For our money the most impressive teams so far have been England,
Fiji, and South Africa. But if our calculations are correct
regarding the Quarter Finals then Fiji and South Africa should be
an amazing match that knocks one of those three out of the
Another great day of rugby is guaranteed at what
is the greatest Sevens Party on Earth and quite possible the most
exciting weekend sporting event in the World. If you are not here
for this year, get your tickets booked and come to Hong Kong to
enjoy some of the best cuisine in the world, party like an animal
and enjoy a rugby Sevens like no other.
Gates open tomorrow at 7am. Good night
from Hong Kong, and hope to see you again tomorrow.
LIVE TEXT COMMENTARY
FROM THE 2011 HONG KONG SEVENS - SUNDAY, 27 MARCH 2011
- The gates of the stadium opened this morning
at 7am and there was already two considerable queues of people
waiting to get in. The main games start at 9am, and there is some
truly mouth watering rugby line-ups later today. Before that
however, it is a chance for the youngsters to stretch their legs
and get a little match practice in with some mini rugby games.
There is a mixture of teams from all over Hong Kong, some just
boys, some just girls and some, rather worryingly in my eyes
mixed. Do not get me wrong, I am all for women in rugby, if that
is what they enjoy, but am not too sure about mixed games where
little girls play against young boys twice or three times her
weight, which is exactly what I just witnessed. One very brave
little girl that.
- The stadium is slowly filling with still over
an hour until the first Quarter Final between Kenya and Malaysia
in the Shield. No prizes for guessing who is going to win that
game. That is followed by a game which is really going to wake the
crowd up, Hong Kong v China. The remaining two games in the Shield
are Zimbabwe v Korea and
Mexico v Spain.
- The first Bowl Quarter Final is at 10:28
followed between Scotland and Japan followed by Tonga v USA and
what is sure to be a great game between Canada and France. The
last Quarter Final in the Bowl is an interesting match up between
Argentina and Wales at 11:34.
- There is some truly mouthwatering encounters
in the Cup matches today. Getting the Quarter Finals under way at
11:56 is New Zealand v Portugal and then a game that would not
have looked out of place as the Cup Final - South Africa v Fiji.
It is a shame that one of these two teams will be knocked out so
early as, for my money at least, they, along with England, have
played the best rugby so far this tournament. Who will win that
game is anyone's guess, but it is a game not to miss no matter
where in the world you are. That game will take place at 12:18
Hong Kong time and is followed by Samoa v Australia and then
Russia v England.
Fixtures and Results from 2011 Hong Kong Sevens.
- Just 15 minutes to the first match and the
weather looks like it is going to be as nice as the previous days.
Slightly overcast with a cool breeze and a temperature of around
15 degrees, perfect conditions for the final day of the 2011 Hong
Kong Rugby Sevens.
- So what can you eat at the stadium? If you are
not fortunate enough to be in a box, then there are plenty of
vendors selling what I would describe as pub food with plenty of
pies, hot dogs, chicken curry and rice, sandwiches, chicken wings,
chips (or french fries depending on where you are from), nachos
and the list goes on. For drinks, tea, coffee, wine, and lots, and
lots of beer and Pimms. It may not be the healthiest menu in the
world and I am not sure whether there are any true vegetarian
items being sold but this weekend is more about having fun,
enjoying the atmosphere, networking, catching up with old friends
and of course enjoying some great rugby.
- The two upper stands, on the East and West
serve alcohol at the back of the stands but you cannot take any
alcohol into the seating area there. Instead people that want a
break and a beer or two simply stay there and keep an eye on all
the action on the televisions that are all around that area.
- Nine minutes to go now. (08:51).
- Who are the referees for the Quarter Final Cup
games? New Zealand v Portugal is David Keane from Ireland, Anthony
Moyes from Australia is in charge of the South Africa v Fiji
cruncher, Nick Briant from New Zealand will be up for the Samoa v
Australia match and finally Andrew Rees from Australia is the ref
for the Russia v England game.
- Not wanting to repeat myself but if you have
not seen the special Cathay Pacific video advertisement, go to
YouTube and search for GameOn - it is on Cathay's channel and is
definitely worth checking out if you have not seen it.
- The players take to the pitch and Malaysia
must be just a little concerned about what the score might be at
the end of this match. Kenya gets us underway. Kenya normally play
so well at the Hong Kong Sevens and have caused one or two upsets
over the years but this year they have not been in form. Despite
that, it takes them less than a minute for Humphrey Kayange to
score a converted try. 6 - 0. Another minute and ths time Oscar
Ouma scores a try to give Kenya a 12 - 0 lead. Some good running
from Ouma who hands off the ball to Leon Adongo who scores a try.
17 - 0. The conversion, almost in exactly the same place as the
last one, goes wide. This time it is Collins Injera who skips
around a few tackles on the sideline to score a try which is
converted to extend their lead to 24 - 0. The buzzer goes for half
time and Collins Injera ends some good teamwork with a try to end
the half - 31 - 0.
- Even if they have not played that well, it is
still great to see Malaysia here in Hong Kong. Malaysia gets us
underway for the second half. How far will Kenya be able to extend
this lead and do Malaysia have anything left in the tank? With
Ouma down injured Kenya still have Malaysia pinned back against
their own line. Ouma hobbles off and Leon Adongo scores his second
of the game. 38 - 0. Kenya back to seven men. Another for Kenya,
this time Gibson Weru Kahuthia. 45 - 0. Malaysia must be wishing
they had stayed in bed this morning. Or maybe not, as they score a
well worked team effort to put their first points on the board. 45
- 7. Humphrey Kayange of Kenya obviously has his morning coffee,
stealing the ball to run from within his own half to score a
converted try. 52 - 7. The buzzer goes for full time and Horace
Otieno takes that as his cue to push his way through the Malaysian
defense to score under the posts. Final score 59 - 7.
- Next, Hong Kong against China. This is going
to be a very tight game, there is a lot to play for. And it is
Hong Kong who take first blood with Keith Robertson sort of
sliding across the line to score the first try. The referee had to
look at his assistant, and the Chinese players were not too sure,
but the try was given. Missed conversion gives Hong Kong a 5 - 0
lead. Some stunning running from Lu Zhuan who passes the ball to
Li Yang for China to score their first try of the game under the
posts. They do convert and by doing so take the lead 5 - 7. Jin Ye
for China holds off a tackle and passes to Li Jialin who scores
under the posts. The try os converted and China extend their lead
to 5 - 14. The buzzer went some time ago with Hong Kong pressuring
China, but they lose the ball and Liu Guanjun scores a great try
selling a dummy pass to the Hong Kong defense to run 2/3rds the
length of the pitch to end the first half 5 - 21.
- Hong Kong gets us underway in the second half.
Some good tackling from Adam Raby prevents another Chinese try,
but the play is still in the HK 22 as Hong Kong tries to break
through the Chinese line, which they do and Yiu Kam Shing
takes full advantage of some good team work to score. 12 - 21.
China respond straight away and some great play between Jin Ye and
Li Jialin puts another 5 points on the board. The try is converted
and China now leads 12 - 28. A strong run from Yiu Kam Shing
results in another try for Hong Kong. Just over one minute remains
and it is 19 - 28. The ref issues a warning to Lu Zuhan, although
I have no idea what for. High tackle possibly. The game is
on a knife's edge now as Hong Kong score a converted try to move
within 2 points. 26 - 28. With seconds remaining China score
again and the game ends 26 - 35. Very entertaining game, with both
sides playing very well.
- We now know the first Semi Final of the day
will be between Kenya and China. That will take place at 14:03.
- Next, Zimbabwe against Korea. First blood goes
to Zimbabwe. 7 - 0. Wensley Mbanje scores Zimbabwe's second of the
game. 14 - 0 with 30 seconds remaining. The buzzer goes and an
exceptional solo run from Korea's Kin Won-yong means the first
half ends. 14 - 5. The second half gets underway. 14 - 5. Njabulo
Ndlovu is just too strong for the Korean defense and walks through
two challenges to extend Zimbabwe's score to 21 - 5. Just over
four minutes remain. Some persistent work from Korea ends in a
converted try and with 1:40 minutes remaining the score is 21 -
12. As the buzzer goes for full time, Manasah Sita scores for
Zimbabwe and we end the game 28 - 12.
- Next, Mexico v Spain. It is Spain that gets us
underway in this final Shield Quarter Final. Some lovely passing
from Spain ends with a good try from Pedro Martin of Spain to put
the first points on the board. 0 - 7. Spain are playing some
attractive rugby and with 1:47 minutes remaining score a second
try, Ignacio Martin this time. The score now 0 - 12.
- It is pretty cool here in Hong Kong this
morning, so if you are planning on coming to the stadium be sure
to bring a sweater or light jacket. The first big game is really
Canada v France which takes place at 11:12, around one hour from
- At half time, Spain lead Mexico 0 - 12.
- Next year of course it will no longer be the
Cathay Pacific / Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens. I wonder how
new title sponsors HSBC will change what is an already very
successful event? After all, the
Hong Kong Sevens: Itís Not Just Rugby!
- Mexico get us underway in the second half.
Well played Mexico and try scorer Christian Henning shakes his
fists in the air in triumph as he scores Mexico's first try of the
game. 5 - 12. Four minutes remain. Spain extend their lead with
1:23 minutes remaining as Juan Cano scores a try to give the
Spanish 5 - 19 lead. As the buzzer goes Marcus Poggi score again
for Spain and the game ends 5 - 26.
- Next, Scotland v Japan in the first Bowl
Quarter Final of the day. Scotland should be favourites and are
but Japan are often highly unpredictable at the HK Sevens and
often cause an upset or two. Scotland score first however with
Fraser Harkness scoring after two minutes. Scotland lead 7 - 0.
Wow, Japan are fast runners. Some good work from Michael Fedo who
passes of just as he was tackled, allows Andrew Skeen to score
Scotland's second try of the game. 14 - 0. Shuetsu Narita responds
for Japan on the buzzer. The half ends 14 - 7.
- Scotland gets us underway in the second. As
long as they can control Japan's speed on the break they should be
able to win this game, which would give them a Bowl Semi Final
against either Tonga or the USA. But the Japanese are quick, and
it's Shuetsu Narita again who scores, this time using a burst of
speed to leave the Scots flat footed. A poor conversion means
Japan trails Scotland 14 - 12. Scotland do not seem to have
started this half yet, with Japan doing all the attacking. If they
want to progress they cannot relax against the Japanese who will
punish them. And that is exactly what they do, with their
sustained efforts in the Scotland 22 resulting in a try for
Katsuyuki Sakai. The try is converted and Japan take the lead 14 -
19. 45 seconds remain and Scotland attack. Game over and Japan
beat the Scots 14 - 19. Well played Japan.
- Next, Tonga against the USA. New Zealand are
warming up on the sidelines in preparation for their game at 11:56
against Portugal. The USA gets us underway. This could be close,
although I would put the USA as favourites, despite the thumping
they received against England yesterday. But, like we said on
Friday, Tonga are unpredictable, their play can be inconsistent
and it is they who take first blood with a try from Fonua Tonga. 7
- 0. The USA respond by some persistent attack in the Tonga 22
which results in a try for Zach Test. An excellent conversion by
Shalom Suniula equals the score. 7 - 7. Then Paul Emerick runs
well through to score under the posts. 7 - 14 at half time.
- A bit of drizzle now in Hong Kong, a few
umbrellas in the stands. New Zealand still warming up on the
- Tonga get us underway in the second half. How
will they respond to the Americans lead? They have met 9 times
previously and Tonga has won 5 of those encounters and the USA 4.
It does look as though the USA have their sights on leveling that
historical record, and score again to take the lead to 7 - 21.
Five minutes remain in the second half. Some good play from Tonga
puts Etueni Siua through to score. 14 - 21. Just one converted try
in it now. It has to be said just how much the USA have improved
over the last few years. Not a rugby nation at heart, they have
really come on leaps and bounds. As I write that Jack Ram pushes
his way through the USA defense to level the scores. 21 - 21 with
two minutes remaining.
World's Biggest Rugby Ball is being auctioned at the Sevens.
Not sure what you would do with it if you did win, it definitely
won't fit in the garage! But, at least it is for a good cause.
- The buzzer goes for full time in the Tonga v
USA match. Tonga have had most of the play in the second half and
are now on the USA 22. The Americans put in and only just manage
to keep the ball. 21 - 21. The USA plays it wide, do they have the
speed and strength? Still in the US half, as they switch sides and
play wide to Hawley but it goes out of play. End of play. Sudden
death to come. USA starts play, and retains the ball well and some
very good teamwork gives the USA the game. 21 - 28.
- Next, Canada against crowd favourites France.
It is the French that score first, with a good try by Terry
Bouhraoua who picked up a great pass from Julien Jane whilst he
was being tackled. France lead 0 - 7. This should be a very close
match. Canada, like the Americans in the previous game, have
improved so much over the past few years. To underline that point
Ciaran Hearn, one of the stars of the Canadian side, scores a try
under the posts to level the score. 7 - 7. One minute remains.
Half time. 7 - 7.
- The second half is underway and Canada score
an excellent try with Chauncey O'Toole running into the corner. 12
- 7. Two minutes remain. The Canadian women won their Final
against France and the men will be looking to at least replicate
that success in this game, and hopefully go on to win the Bowl. If
Canada wins this match they will play against Argentina or Wales.
And they do win, the game ends 12 - 7.
- Next up, Argentina against Wales. This could
be another exceptional match, Wales have been playing some
excellent rugby this tournament and despite Argentina being one of
the best new teams in the world, they will be hoping to progress.
Wales get us underway. Takes 2 1/2 minutes for the first score, as
Alex Cuthbert scores a try. 0 - 5. And Wales' good form continues
as they score a second 0 - 10. Two poor conversions, there has
been a lot of that this year. Just over one minute remains. Wales
are enjoying themselves and score a third try. 0 - 15. The
conversion is good. 0 - 17. The buzzer goes and Rhys Shellard
scores a fourth for Wales. Wales lead at half time by an
impressive margin. 0 - 24.
- If Wales do win then they will meet Canada in
the semis. That won't be an easy game, but with Wales in such good
form they should still expect to win and ultimately lift the Bowl
this year. Argentina gets us underway in the second. Argentina are
the first to score in this half and pull 7 points back. 7 - 24.
Wales manage to extend their lead with a try. 7 - 29. Manuel
Montero holds of a Welsh tackle to score under the posts. Half a
minute remains 14 - 29. Argentina are down to six men for a tackle
in the air. Yellow card. 10 seconds remain. The Welsh goes through
as the game ends 14 - 29.
- Next the first Cup Quarter Final, New Zealand
against Portugal. After that, it will be the game of the
tournament so far when South Africa take on Fiji - two of the very
best teams so far. England will play at 13:02 against Russia. Full
team details to come soon. Let's concentrate on the New Zealand
match for now though. New Zealand get us underway, and it is they
who score first with a try from Scott Curry. 7 - 0. Five minutes
remain. Both teams probing each others defense and making mistakes
but New Zealand break and Tim Mikkelson would have scored an
excellent solo try but passes it back to Bryce Heem to place it
closer to the posts. 14 - 0 Just over one minute remains. Some
stunning work from Joseph Gardener on the side line who lays the
ball off to David Mateus who scores a try. The buzzer goes and at
half time it is 14 - 5.
- The second half continues with more pressure
from New Zealand who extend the lead to 26 - 5 with just two
minutes on the clock. Mexico may have been knocked out of the
tournament but a Mexican wave makes its way around the stadium.
Are the crowd bored?! Surely not. The game ends with Toby Arnold
scoring a try under the posts with New Zealand progressing to the
semis. 33 - 5.
Next, the GAME OF THE DAY so far. South Africa
against Fiji. It is such a shame that these two are meeting so
early in the knock out stages of the Sevens this year. They have
played some of the best rugby of any of the teams here. Australia
are warming up on the sidelines as Fiji get us underway. The
entire South African team pushes the Fiji team over the line in a
ruck, a big gamble as if they had lost the ball there would have
been no defense for South Africa, but they do it again and it pays
off and they score first with who else but Cecil Afrika touching
down. I have never seen that tactic used in Sevens Rugby before.
But it paid off. A poor conversion leaves the score at 5 - 0. Fiji
hit straight back at South Africa and score a brilliant try to
take the lead. 5 - 7. With so many poor conversions this
tournament, it can only come back to bite a team or two as we
enter the knockout stages. South Africa's Chris Dry runs half the
length of the pitch to regain the lead. 10 - 7. Cecil taking more
care with the conversion this time and he converts to make it 12 -
7. Great game thus far and nota Mexican wave in sight. The buzzer
goes with Fiji on the attack, they cross into the South African
half but the powerhouse Joeli Lutumailagi is stopped running full
pelt 3 metres before the line by that man again, Cecil Afrika.
Half time. 12 - 7.
- South Africa gets us underway in what is the
best game of the tournament so far. This would not be out of place
as the final. Both teams could steal this game. Who wants it the
most? Some big tackles from South Africa and the ref warns a few
of their players, they will need to be careful. A man down could
cost them the game. But the try of the Sevens was engineered
between Lutumaiagi and Emosi Vucago who touches down. That equals
the score 12 - 12. The try is converted and Fiji regain the lead
12 - 14. 5 minutes remain. Another try, that was the try of the
Sevens thus far. Wow, some great work from Watisoni Vatu, who
powers his way through players, passes to Nikola Matawalu who runs
straight into a South African player to fall over the line and
touch it down. 12 - 19. Missed conversion, will that cost? Just
over one minute remains. Just 7 points separate the teams. South
Africa make a mistake and should have taken it wide to score a try
but they get a second chance and Sibusiso Sithole scores a try but
the conversion will not be easy. Cecil Afrika is one of the best
players in the world and he was not going to miss that. The scores
are level 19 - 19. 8 seconds remain. Game over. So sudden death up
next. The is heart attack rugby. Fiji to start play. First to
score wins. South Africa win the ball run straight at Fiji pushing
them back, they play it wide. At the Fiji 22. Play it across and
Cecil misses his pass as he is tackled. Fiji throw. South Africa
win the throw. Massive tackles now as Fiji defend, a fumble as
Fiji break all the way from the 5 metre line, David Batiratu
scores. Fiji win 19 - 24. What a game, WHAT A GAME!!. Fiji are
through and have to be favourites for the whole tournament after a
display like that. South Africa must be favourites to win The
- The England team is: Greg Barden, Dan
Norton, James Rodwell, Oliver Lindsay-Hague, Ben Gollings, Mat
Turner, Chris Cracknell. On the bench Mark Odejobi, Tom Powell,
Nick Royle, John Brake, and Dan Caprice.
- Samoa score first after just thirty seconds
against Australia. 7 - 0. Samoa extend their lead with a try from
Afa Aiono 10 -0 .
- England are warming up in the colourful
Tequila Sunrise kit. No sign or Russia anywhere. There game is
- Back to Samoa v Australia. All Samoa at the
moment. 3 minutes remain in the first half. The buzzer goes and at
half time it is 10 - 0. Australia have just not turned up yet with
Samoa fully in control. The second half gets underway and
Australia are on the attack for the first time in the game. Some
crunching tackles from Samoa, in fact one is high and a yellow
card is given. Samoa are down to 6 men. Australia take advantage
and Ed Jenkins scores Australia's first try of the game. Poor
conversion gives us a 10 - 5 scoreline.4 minutes remain. The rain
is starting to fall as Australia break through to score a second.
It is 10 - 10. The conversion gives Australia the lead. 10 - 12.
Game on. Fiji on the attack and they score. Just over one minute
remains. 15 - 12. One minute remains. The game ends 15 - 12
and Samoa go through to the Semi Finals.
- Now Russia against England. Gollings gets us
underway, and the game begins with a yellow card for a Russian
player. Russia down to six men. England will have to take
advantage of this. Mat Turner scores the first try in the corner.
Conversion misses. 0 - 5. Five minutes to go. Russia back up to 7
men. England hold off a sustained attack from Russia and now it is
they on the offensive. 1 minute to go. 0 - 5. With two seconds on
the clock, England almost score a second try but Russia tackle
expertly, after ref decision there is a scrum which England win,
they go wide, the buzzer has already gone and this time they play
wide. An offside decision gives the ball back to Russia who kick
it out. At the end of the first half it is 0 - 5.
- Russia get us underway in the second. The
drizzle, rather than rain, has stopped. Some massive tackles set
the tone for the second half. England have one player down having
treatment as play continues. England with just 6 active players.
The injured player, Greg Barden, gets gingerly to his feet, still
receiving treatment. The Russians take advantage and score a try
to equalise 5 - 5. They score the conversion and take the lead 5 -
7. England back to 7 fully active players now. Just over 3
minutes to go. England keeping Russia in their half but are having
difficulty getting the ball. Greg Barden has had his blood injury
bandaged and is back on the field. Two minutes remain. England
surge forward, and a lucky bounce give Greg Barden, the man with a
bloody bandage in his head, the chance to jump on a loose ball.
England retain their lead but miss the conversion. 7 - 10. England
win. 7 - 10. A little fortunate but it was England's constant
pressure that led to the lucky bounce giving Barden the try. It
was not the same skillful, all-in control England we saw against
the USA yesterday, but they remain in it and will meet Samoa in
the semi finals.
- Now it is the March Past. The rugby will
resume at 14:03 with Kenya against China.
- Welcome back. 3 minutes to kick off. The
crowd will get behind China here of course, but it is difficult to
see them winning this. China get us underway. A chip and chase on
the Kenya 22 does not work and Kenya get the ball with Humphrey
Kayange running it under the posts for the first try of the game.
7 - 0. 5 minutes remain. The Kenyans are larger and and quite
possibly stronger, so China will need to play to space rather
right at them as China has speed as an advantage. A second try
from Collins Injera extends the Kenyan lead to 12 - 0. Three
minutes remain. A third just before the buzzer for half time gives
Kenya 17 - 0 at half time.
- Kenya gets us underway in the second half.
Kenya will play Zimbabwe or Spain, the latter the more likely, if
they win this game against China. A try for China after almost 2
minutes of the second half. The conversion comes back off the
post. 17 - 5. Some attractive rugby from Kayange for Kenya
as they push the Chinese back into their 22. Three minutes remain.
Has taken a little longer than usual to fill the South Stand, an
announcement a few moments ago let the crowd know that it is
almost full. 14:19 here in Hong Kong, One minute left in the Kenya
v China match. Nine seconds on the clock and Kenya finish the game
in a positive fashion with Leon Adongo scoring a try. The game
ends 24 - 5.
Next up, Zimbabwe against Spain. This is the
first meeting between the two teams in Sevens history. Spain score
first 0 - 5 with 5 minutes to go. A second just moments
after, Ignacio martin from Spain, places it down in the corner. 0
- 10. Just under four minutes remain in the first half. Gardener
Nechironga of Zimbabwe gets a try back and then they convert
another and end the first half 14 - 10 in the lead.
- Zimbabwe get us underway in the second. 14 -
10. A chip and chase from Spain almost does not work but a lucky
bounce and Juan Cano picks it up to score Spain's third try of the
day. 14 - 17. Five minutes remain. The buzzer goes and the game
ends. 14 - 17. Spain are through to the final against Kenya,
Next, Japan v USA, and then what should be a
great game between Canada and Wales. Japan are very much the crowd
favourites in this game, but the USA are on the attack from the
- The South Stand is now full (14:48).
- Justin Boyd for the US gets the scoring
underway with a try. 0 - 5. A nice dummy pass from Shalom
Suniula allows him to break free, he passes off to Matt Hawkins
who scores under the posts to boos from the South Stand. USA lead
0 - 12. 30 seconds remain. The half ends with a chorus of
boos, this time directed at the referee. Japan gets the second
half underway. Takes Japan three minutes of the second half to
score a try, their first of the game. Lote Tuqiri scores and bring
the game within Japan's reach. 7 - 12. Just over two minutes
remain and some nice work from Japan allows Katsuyuki Sakai to get
his name on the board with a try which is converted and Japan take
the lead. 14 - 12. Just over one minute to go. The buzzer goes
with the USA just metres from the Japan line. If Japan get the
ball out they win, but a knock on from the USA means that is not
needed. The crowd erupts and Japan win 14 - 12.
- Next up should be a game you will not
want to miss. Canada v Wales. Both teams have played very well so
far this tournament, but if I was a betting man - which I am not -
my money would be on the Welsh, which normally means you should
bet on the Canadians if you want to win anything!! It should be
close. Whoever wins this match will play Japan in the final. 15:08
in Hong Kong with Canada wearling black and Wales in their
traditional Red with white accents. Wales get us underway and
Canada are the first to mount a meaningful attack and within the
first minute score a try from Chauncey O'Toole. Canada lead 5 - 0.
Wales respond immediately with an outstanding solo try with
Kristian Phillips simply outrunning the Canadians to score. Rhys
Jones takes the conversion which is good for Wales to take the
lead 5 - 7. Four minutes to go. Wales back on the attack and it is
that man O'Toole who skips around the Canada defense to score his
second of the game. The conversion is wide. 5 - 12. The first half
ends 5 - 12.
- A gentle reminder that you can bid for the
World's Biggest Rugby Ball here today.
- Canada gets the second half underway, but it
is Wales that start as they finished scoring a try to extend their
lead to 5 - 17. Canada's response is swift with an excellent solo
try from Ciaran Hearn under the posts. Just one try in it now. 12
- 17. Just under four minutes remain. Another try from Canada
levels the score. If Canada can convert they will take the lead
for the first time in the game. Two minutes remain and the try is
converted Canada lead 19 - 17. A final try on the buzzer gives
Canada victory. 24 - 17.
- Next, Portugal against South Africa. South
Africa continue their excellent form this Sevens and score first.
They lead 0 - 7. Moments later this lead has been extended to 0 -
12. Hard to see Portugal getting much, if anything, from this
game. They have been so strong this whole Sevens and their last
game against Fiji could have gone either way. An excellent
conversion from Mr. Afrika extends South Africa's lead 0 - 14 with
three minutes in the first remaining. Cecil Afrika, one of the men
of the tournament, scores an outstanding third try almost flying
across the line while avoiding going into touch. He converts his
own try. 0 - 21 with 45 seconds remaining. Man of the Sevens
perhaps? Half time 0 - 21.
- What do Portugal have in response to such a
masterful display from this South African team? Portugal get one
back but South Africa respond with one of their own by putting the
game beyond the Europeans. One minute to go and it is 5 - 28. The
game ends. 5 - 28, and South Africa move on to the final. Hard to
see anyone beating them in that game.
- Next up, Australia v Russia, and then ladies
and gentlemen a small matter of a game between New Zealand and
their old foes Fiji. Russia almost beat England, can they cause an
upset here now against Australia? The Aussies get us underway. A
minute into the game and a fantastic score from Ostroushko gives
Russia the first points of the game. 0 - 5. Takes Australia a
while to get going but Shaun Foley scores a try and they convert
to take the lead. 7 - 5 with just over two minutes in the first
remaining. Australia a little more eager now. A minute remains.
Zack Holmes turns into the incredible hulk for a moment and just
storms through the Russian line as if they were not there. Half
time it is 14 - 5.
- Russia start the second half, and Australia
are immediately on the attack with Jonathon Lance score from the
start and running all the way to the Russian corner. Great try and
the Aussies extend their lead to 19 - 5. An excellent conversion
adds two points to that total. 21 - 5. This is all Australia at
the moment and Jacob Tyler extends the Australian substantial lead
. 28 - 5. Just under four minutes remain. A yellow card for
Taylor. Australia down to six men but they still manage to score
again. 33 - 5. just over one minute remains. Russia score a try in
the last second, using the post to end a long run to score. The
game ends 33 - 12.
- Next up, New Zealand v Fiji. New Zealand
always tend to leave it late at the HK Sevens. Fiji on the other
hand have been outstanding. The best game of the tournament so far
was the South Africa v Fiji match, it was tight and this is likely
to be equally as tough.
- The England team against Samoa is: Greg
Barden, Dan Norton, James Rodwell, Oilver Lindsay-Hague, Ben
Gollings, Mat Turner, Chris Cracknell and on the bench, Mark
Odebjobi, Tom Powell, Nick Royle, John Brake, Dan Caprice.
- Fiji get us underway. A New Zealand attack
fails as they try to get under the posts rather than run wide and
score. Fiji have a put in. Fiji break, but a forward pass and it
is a New Zealand put in just inside the 22. Some thumping tackles
keep New Zealand at bay as they maintain their attack. A Fiji
throw in on the 5-metre line. Space for Fiji, But New Zealand win
the ball black and almost lose the ball but a lucky bounce from a
brave tackle gives New Zealand the first try of the game. 7 - 0.
Three minutes remain. Fiji back in the 22, but another mistake
gives the ball back to New Zealand. The referee is Andrew Lees of
Australia. A late tackle again Matawalu goes unpunished by the
ref. Under one minute remains. Fiji have a put in close to the New
Zealand All Black 22. The buzzer goes as New Zealand attack, and
Tim Mikkelson scores under the posts to end the half 14 - 0. New
Zealand have not looked that good so far this Sevens, but they
have saved their best for now, and are playing exemplary rugby.
- NZ get us underway in the second. Fiji have
not had the opportunity to show the skills they have in previous
games so far. New Zealand back on the attack, pushing Fiji back
into their half. The All Blacks are pulling Fiji in while they
take it wide, making some good space for themselves. New Zealand
make the most of that and Mikkelson scores a try. The conversion
is wide. 19 - 0. England are just finishing their training
session, they are next against Samoa. Four minutes remain, Fiji on
the attack now and it is they who make the most of space to the
left with David Batiratu brushing off the tackles to score, The
conversion is good. Three minutes remain. 19 - 7. Two converted
tries is all it would take for Fiji to turn the balance of the
game and win. Just 2:43 minutes remain. Some great team work and
Dale Tonawai keeps the game very much alive. 19 - 14. GAME ON!!
1:32 minutes remain. New Zealand not rushing, and they lose the
ball on Fiji's 5-metre line. Now on the New Zealand 30-metre line.
The buzzer goes and New Zealand kick the ball out to win the game.
19 - 14.
- Next Samoa v England. Crunch time. Gollings,
the Sevens legend will get us underway. The ref is Anthony Moyes
from Australia. Samoa straight on the attack and almost score with
their first move, and following a scrum on the 5-metre line they
score the first points of the game. 7 - 0. Not a good start for
England. Five minutes remain. England kick out of their half to
the Samoa 22. Three minutes remain, Samoa work it out and kick it
long. Back in England's 22 now, as England attack Samoa, lose the
ball and Samoa chip and chase again, but England pick it up only
to slip over. Still in England's half as they try to mount their
first serious attack of the game. Fiji win it back, and it
goes out for an England scrum. This is the first game so far this
Sevens to have so many scrums. England put in, and work it wide.
Despite the speed England have in their tem Samoa keep pushing
them back. On England's 22 now, seconds remain in the first.
Gollings wins the ball and runs, but is brought down inside Fiji's
22, Fiji have a man yellow carded. England use the penalty and
extra man to work it wide and GOLLINGS - who else!! - scores a
try. 7 - 7 at half time.
- Samoa gets us underway in the second. Make or
break time. Samoa still with just 6 men. Aiono is the man in the
sin bin. A well worked try gives England the lead for the first
time in the match and Gollings is unlucky with the conversion as
it bounces away off the upright. 12 7 - 12. Just over 4 minutes
remain. Less than 30 seconds later and Alafoti Faosiliva scores
under the posts and regain the lead 14 - 12. 3:31 minutes remain.
England must score to stay in the Cup. 1:50 on the clock, and
England score. WHAT A MOVE, WHAT A RUN from Caprice, with great
support from Rodwell, they make up the space and for Cracknell to
score a try and convert to take the lead, 30 seconds remain. 14 -
19. The buzzer goes and Samoa are on the attack, but they throw
the ball out by accident and England win and progress to the final
against New Zealand. 14 - 19.
- Next game is @ 17:17 - Kenya v Spain. The
Shield Final. At half time Spain are leading 0 - 7. Kenya will get
the second half underway, and score their first try of the game to
level the score 7 - 7. Just over four minutes remain. These two
teams last met in the Sevens Series in London on 25 May 2008.
Kenya lost that match, which was the Shield Final as well, 7 - 10.
A try from Adema would indicate that they plan on avenging that
defeat as they take a 12 - 7 lead against Spain. Just over two
minutes remain. They have met twice before, the time other than
London was in Bordeaux in 2004 where Kenya won 31 - 7. Just over
one minute remains. Spain score with just seconds on the clock but
miss the conversion that would have probably won them the match.
It is 12 - 12 with 4 seconds on the clock. Game ends, so we go to
- In the next game, Japan v Canada, the two have
met 13 times with Canada winning 10 of those encounters and Japan
3. They last met in Las Vegas on 14 February 2010 in the Shield
Semi Final. Japan won that 17 - 5.
- Sudden death starts in the Kenya v Spain
match. Boos around the stadium in response to Spain's decision to
try to score from a drop goal instead of running the ball. The
drop kick misses to a few jeers from the South Stand. But all that
does not matter as Kenya score to win the Shield. 17 - 12.
- Next up, Japan against a very in form Canada.
They are playing for the Bowl.
- After that will be South Africa v Australia
who have met 48 times. South Africa won 29 of those encounters and
Australia 19. The last time they met was last month, 12 February
2011 in Las Vegas. The game was the Cup Quarter Final and South
Africa won 19 - 14.
- Japan gets us underway. If Canada is to have a
man of the tournament it would surely be Chauncey O'Toole, and it
is he who puts the first points on the board with a nice run down
the line to score in the corner. 0 - 5 with 5:29 minutes
remaining. Another try scored from a blistering run by Neil
Meechan who palms of a tackle to score. 0 - 12 with just over
three minutes remaining. Sean Duke steals the ball and runs half
the length of the pitch to score under the posts. They don't miss
that conversion. 0 - 19 with 1:20 on the clock. Japan never give
up, and Sakai scores a good try to put some points on the board
for the Japanese. Not sure how he missed that conversion. 5 - 19.
- The second half gets underway. Some great team
work and Sean Duke scores another try to push Canada further
beyond. Japan's reach. 5 - 26 Just over 4 minutes remain. Lepuha
Latuila skips around the Canada defense leaving the standing in
his wake as he scores a try which is converted. 12 - 26. Just over
one minute remains. How did he stay standing, the Japanese
may have the speed but not the strength to bring John Moonlight
down who almost carries the Japanese tackler over the line with
him. A try at the end ends with Canada victorious. 12 - 33. A good
tournament for Canada, both the men's and women's teams have won
finals here this year.
- First streaker of the tournament makes it onto
the pitch despite the extra latticing / fencing that has been
added to the fences to try to prevent people getting on the pitch.
Unfortunately for the officials he is a rather large gentleman,
and requires more than 6 to carry him with rest breaks as they
make their way down the pitch. All good fun.
- Next up, South Africa v Australia.
- After that it will be New Zealand v England.
These two teams have met 39 times and New Zealand have won 28 and
England 11. The last time they won was 5 February 2011 in
Wellington. It was the Cup Final and New Zealand won that game 29
- 14. That game is at 18:47.
- South Africa has played some of the best rugby
of this entire tournament and Cecil Afrika could well be man of
the tournament. This game is actually a repeat of last year's
Plate Final which South Africa lost. I cannot see that happening
today though. Australia get us underway and South Africa are on
the attack immediately. They play it wide and Sibusiso Sithole
scores the first try of the game to give South Africa a 5 - 0
lead. Cecil Afrika misses a very tough conversion from the
sideline. 5 - 0. Despite some excellent defending, Australia break
through the South African backs to score a converted try that
gives them the lead. 5 - 7 with just over three minutes remaining.
How did Branco du Perez keep his opponent from bringing him down
then? He passes to Cecil Afrika who converts his own try to regain
the lead, 12 - 7 with just over one minute remaining.
- England are in the house. They are training in
preparation of their next game. They are wearing the traditional
- Branco du Preez is on fire. He skips over a
challenge to score under the posts. Cecil Afrika converts and at
half time the score is 19 - 7. South Afrika resume play in the
second, and are immediately on the offensive, Sithole
demonstrating just how strong he is by holding of the tackles of
three Australians. They move to the 5-metre line but Australia win
it back and Bernard Foley passes on the half line to Hamish Angus
to score the first try of the second half. 19 - 14. Five minutes
remain. But Branco du Perez, did I say he is on fire, runs down
the wing at the speed of light, palming off an Australian before
passing the ball to Sibusiso Sithole to move the points to 26 -
14. Three minutes remain. A high tackle stops Australia responding
with a try. Two minutes remain. Hamish Angus uses some space to
score the next try and keep Australia in the game. 26 - 19. Just
over one minute to go in the second. Ceicl Afrika has scores 88
points this Sevens, the best performance of a player in 8 years.
- England head back in from their training
- The buzzer goes and South Africa have won the
Plate. Well played South Africa, they have played some truly
- And it is outstanding rugby that England will
need in the next match against New Zealand if they are going to
win. The England team is: Greg Barden, Dan Norton, James Rodwell,
Oliver Lindsay_Hague, Ben Gollings, Mat Turner and Chris Cracknell.
On the bench are Mark Odejobi, Tom Powell, Nick Royle, John Brake,
and Dan Caprice.
- The players come out. Remember the final is 10
minutes of normally nail biting action. 3 minutes longer each way
than the other games. Who will make the most of that extra time?
NEW ZEALAND v ENGLAND. It is evening here in Hong Kong, the
Stadium is full the music blaring most of the 40,000 strong crowd
standing in anticipation of what is to come. New Zealand have
played well in one game, their last one against Fiji. England
played poorly in their last game against Samoa. First ladies and
gentlemen the National Anthems, but before that a moments respect
for those that died and those that suffered in the recent
tragedies in New Zealand and Japan.
- England gets us underway. The ref is Anthony
Moyes from Australia. Both teams are on 80 points. A knock on from
the start gives New Zealand the put in in a scrum. The atmosphere
is electric. on New Zealand's 22 they play it back, as New Zealand
looks for space. None so far. England win the ball back, chants of
England ring around the stadium as they play it wide but lose the
ball the the All Blacks, they have some space, but England defend
well and tackle him into touch as New Zealand enter England's half
for the first time. 3 minutes gone. Lindsay-Hague tackles Solomon
King on the line but they skid over and New Zealand scores a
try in the corner. 5 - 0. The conversion is wide. 5 - 0. Just over
5 minutes remain. England win a throw in and go on the offensive,
they try to switch but a bad pass disrupts the play. Rodwell all
alonge on the right as they recuperate the ball and move forward.
New Zealand are pushing the English back. On their 30 metre-line
now. Greg Barden cho[sand chases. Gets the ball and the crowd
believe a try has been scored but the ref disagrees with the ref
believeing the ballwas not put down. Just over 2 minutes on the
clock. The crowd are urging England on. They have the put in and
play it out wide to Mat Turner who puts it into the corner. 5- 0.
If England can score the conversion they will go into the lead.
Gollings fires well wide. 5 - 5 with just over one minute in the
first two go. England back on New Zealand's 5-metre line but they
lose the ball and New Zealand break abd Frank Halai cannot
be held back and runs over the line to score a try with Mat Turner
clinging to his shorts. The try is under the posts, the conversion
easy and New Zealand go into half time leading England 12 - 5.
- Just one converted try separates the teams. 5
minutes to play. Points and the Cup to play for. New Zealand get
us underway in the second half of this cracking match. An England
attack breaks down and Frank Halai scores again to extend the lead
17 - 5. The conversion is wide. 17 - 5. Eight minutes
remaining. New Zealand probing England's defense and they find the
hole, with Tomasi Cama scoring to move the game further away from
England's reach. 22 - 5 with just over 6 minutes remaining. The
conversion is wide. 22 - 5. England back on their 5th. It is all
New Zealand at the moment. five minutes to go. The crowd try to
motivate the England team with some chanting, John Brake comes on
for Lindsay-Hague. Just over 4 minutes remain. a Chip and chase
surprises England but he can't beat Caprice. England attack now.
They go out wide. Three minutes to go. Inside the New Zealand half
but they lose the ball and New Zealand break. England again now as
they score a try. It is the man with the bandage on his head, Greg
Barden. 22 - 12 with two minutes to go. Do England have enough
time to get back in this game? Two minutes is along time in
Sevens Rugby but probably not long enough as New Zealand break
again and score, Tim Mikkelson this time extending the lead to 27
- 12 and with one minute to go, that is pretty much game over. The
conversion is goo. 29 - 12.Dan Norton stretches his legs and shows
of his pace as the buzzer goes he scores a try but it is too
little too late. New Zealand win the Cup. 29 - 17.
- It was a great final, but New Zealand improved
as the tournament progressed and unfortunately England seemed to
deteriorate a little. A brave effort by all, but tonight the
victor are once again New Zealand. Well played New Zealand, that
surely is a win for Christchurch. We love you Christchurch.
That's all from us folks, and that's all from
the 2011 Hong Kong Sevens. We hope you enjoyed our coverage. Thank
you and we hope to see you in Hong Kong next year, at the greatest
Sevens Party in the world!!
NEW ZEALAND WIN THE 2011
HONG KONG SEVENS
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