Clean Sweep for Hong Kong in Men’s U20 Asia Rugby Sevens

Asia U20 Rugby Sevens Championship 2017
By Bill Cox, Epoch Times
August 10, 2017 1:02 am Last Updated: August 10, 2017 1:02 am

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.

The Hong Kong U20 men's Rugby Sevens team that won the Men's Asia Rugby Sevens Championship, at King's Park on Saturday August 5, 2017. (Asia RFU)
The Hong Kong U20 men’s Rugby Sevens team that won the Men’s Asia Rugby Sevens Championship, at King’s Park on Saturday August 5, 2017. (Asia RFU)

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.

The China U20 women's Rugby Sevens team that won the Women's Asia Rugby Sevens Championship on Saturday August 5, 2017. (Asia RFU)
The China U20 women’s Rugby Sevens team that won the Women’s Asia Rugby Sevens Championship on Saturday August 5, 2017. (Asia RFU)