Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens got
going in fine style on Friday afternoon, as a near capacity,
39,000 fans flooded in to the Hong Kong Stadium.
tournament format for this year has already lived up to
expectations with a number of very close and competitive matches,
with teams from both competitions really pushing hard to start
their campaigns off on a positive note.
Hong Kong certainly got off to the start they
wanted, with a 17-14 win over Uruguay in a physical and
competitive match. A bright start took Hong Kong into a 10-0 lead,
with tries from Tom McQueen and Ross Armour. Uruguay stayed in
touch with a try just before half time, but Keith Robertson
extended the lead early in the second, which was enough to hold
off the South Americans.
“This is a sound start but we won’t get carried
away with it. We need just one more win to ensure we book a
quarterfinal place in the qualifying competition,” said a happy
Hong Kong coach, Dai Rees.
Defending champions New Zealand got their
campaign off to a winning start defeating the United States in
their first pool game. The HSBC Sevens World Series leaders won
29-5 to lead the charge of the top teams on the opening night at
So Kon Po.
Also winning their opening games were Fiji,
England, South Africa and Samoa.
England saw off a determined challenge from
Argentina, with tries from Dan Norton, Rob Vickerman and Mat
Turner helping Ben Ryan’s team shake off the cobwebs to come from
behind to win 19-10.
A solid defensive effort allowed South Africa to
defeat Wales 10-0 while Samoa had an equally hard time before
overcoming Kenya 19-7.
Fiji had the easiest opening day, knocking off
Scotland 39-5 in an impressive display of power and pace.
In the Qualifier tournament, there were wins for
Canada and Portugal over newcomers, Philippines and Guyana
respectively, whilst other group favourites Tonga overcame a
spirited China in their Pool D fixture.
Sevens World Cup host next year, Russia, also
got their campaign off to a promising start with a solid win over
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