HONG KONG—In the Asia U20 Rugby Sevens played at King’s Park last weekend (August 4-5, 2017) Hong Kong men outplayed all of their Asian neighbours to secure the Championship win. Hong Kong’s Fong Kit-fung scored 11 tries to finish as the tournament top scorer. Hong Kong defeated Sri Lanka in the final to secure the Trophy.
Ten teams took part in the competition which was played in blisteringly hot conditions sapping the energy out of the players. The final order was Hong Kong, Sri-Lanka, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), S Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Philippines, and Uzbekistan.
China women achieved a similar feat in the Women’s U20 Seven Series played as a round robin competition. The outstanding teams were China, Hong Kong and Thailand. All three won their matches by substantial margins, but in the crunch games, China beat Thailand 24-0 and defeated Hong Kong 41-0. In the 3rd place decider, Thailand outpointed Hong Kong 36-12. The China team was very impressive throughout the tournament. The Hong Kong women also put up a strong challenge but just fell short against the other two top teams. Thailand attackers had the edge on finishing speed.
The final line-up in the Women’s sevens was China, Thailand, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Uzbekistan.