Hong Kong successfully defended their title
as FWD Asia Rugby Champions after beating South Korea 64-3 at Hong
Kong Football Club to sweep the tournament.
Hong Kong ran the
table on Malaysia and Korea in a dominant performance that shows
it has increased the gap on the rest of Asia, bar Rugby World Cup
Hong Kong put it away early in a day of superb
individual performances at Football Club, running out to a bonus
point, and a 26-0 lead, after just 20 minutes.
were on the front foot from the kick-off, exerting enough pressure
on the Korean defence to put fullback Jack Neville over for the
game’s first try after 10 minutes. Wing Seb Brien and centre Ben
Axten-Burrett added tries in the next ten minutes before Neville
bagged a first half brace to push Hong Kong’s lead to 26-0.
Starved of both space and ball, South Korea could only muster
a penalty in reply deep in the half. A red card for a dangerous
tackle on Harry Sayers left Korea a man down for the remainder,
creating space for a Tyler Spitz try late to bring the total to
31-3 at the break.
The second half was more of the same
with Hong Kong entertaining the home crowd with four more tries.
Fly half Matt Rosslee started the scoring shortly after the
re-start, tiptoeing down the line before breaking in behind the
centre defence to push the score to 38-3 after he converted his
The forwards muscled in on the action with
tries from Callum McCullough, who scored a brace in the second
half, including a 60-metre solo effort that saw the big man
swerving and dummying the defence beautifully.
one of the finds of the ARC campaign, was joined by another new
cap on the score sheet in the second half when Fai Solomona
crossed the whitewash, showing some superior conditioning to
finish off another long-range Hong Kong try.
Axten-Burrett served up that try and capped a fine individual
performance with a battering try of his own moments later when the
forwards demolished the understrength Korean pack on their line to
produce another in a day-long series of fine attacking platforms. Axten-Burrett shoulder charged his way through two defenders for
an emphatic finish.
McCullough’s loping effort, with hooker
Alexander Post in eager support served as the prefect capping for
a day when Hong Kong scored nine tries, running their last two
match total to 20, to remain Asian champions.
bonus point win sees them finish on a perfect 20 of 20 possible
points with South Korea on ten and Malaysia on one.
it took Hong Kong half of a century to claim its first ever Asia
Rugby title, a second convincing run against the region’s top contenders sets an exciting stage for the return of Japan to the
competition in 2020.
Pictures from 2019 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,
Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
Pictures from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.