Hong Kong Women Just Miss Cup, Men Win Plate in Johor Bahru
Hong Kong Women Just Miss Cup, Men Win Plate in Johor Bahru
Rugby Union—Asia U20 7's

The first leg of this 2-leg series for both men and women in the Asia Rugby U20 7’s series took place last weekend July 30 – 31, 2016 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

The 4 women’s teams competed in one pool comprising Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.

Thailand proved strongest in the Pool matches winning all 3 games with ease: beating Thailand 33-0, Singapore 34-0 and Hong Kong 24-12. Hong Kong had 2 good wins, overcoming Singapore 38-0 and Malaysia 27-0 to finish 2nd in the group.

Thailand and Hong Kong both progressed to the final after strong performances in the semi-finals where Thailand defeating Singapore 34-7 and Hong Kong won against Malaysia 41-0.

The final was very close with Stella Tam chalking up 5 points for Hong Kong early in the game but the remainder of the half was played in open territory. Thailand scoring a converted try early in the second half showing good pace and good support play. Hong Kong tried frantically to take the win but were thwarted at every attempt, leaving Thailand 7-5 winners.

Men

The 10 men’s teams were split into two pools. Pool-A comprised Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) and Pool B included Sri Lanka, UAE, Japan, Philippines and Thailand.

Hong Kong started badly, losing 19-10 to South Korea, then picked up their game to beat Singapore 31-10 but suffered a further set back late in the Saturday schedule, losing to Malaysia 26-17. Although Hong Kong won against Taiwan 24-0 on Sunday morning, they were edged out of the Cup competition by South Korea and pool winner Malaysia.

In Pool B, Japan looked all-conquering with 4 good wins and South Korea took 2nd place with 3 wins (losing only to Japan). But in the Semi-finals Sri Lanka overcame Malaysia 29-14 and Japan were beaten 24-19 by South Korea. In the final Sri Lanka won impressively, 38-0. Japan secured 3rd place beating Malaysia 41-0.

Hong Kong won the Plate, beating Taiwan 17-12 in the final.

The 2nd round will be played in Hong Kong on Aug 12-13.

 

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