Hong Kong win Mumbai Rugby Sevens

Rugby Union—Hong Kong
By Bill Cox
Bill Cox
Bill Cox
October 16, 2013 Updated: October 16, 2013

Hong Kong beat arch rivals Japan 24-14 in the final of the third leg of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series in Mumbai 7’s at a rather soggy Bombay Gymkhana Club on Sunday Oct 13 to keep their hopes alive heading into the Asia Championships.

Tries by Lee Jones and Tom McQueen put Hong Kong in the driving seat at half time and a fine individual try by teenager Raef Morrison soon after half time settled the nerves further. Captain Jamie Hood knocked over a drop goal to improve the cushion.

Always dangerous, Japan hit back with two tries, but for the first time this season Hong Kong hung onto a well deserved win.

“We were more composed and didn’t panic, and I believe this was the key difference between winning in Mumbai and losing the previous two legs in Malaysia and Thailand,” said a relieved Hong Kong head coach Dai Rees.

After a “must win” in Mumbai, Hong Kong are currently just one point behind Japan (34 to 35 points). With just the Singapore Sevens to be played on Nov 9-10, Hong Kong are still hopeful of hitting the top spot.

Toulouse vs Racing Metro 92

Top-14 French Rugby teams Toulouse and Racing Metro are coming to Hong Kong at the beginning of November and will play for the Natixis Rugby Cup at the Aberdeen Stadium.

The Saturday Nov 9 match will cap off a week-long festival of community and charity activities to showcase French Rugby. This is the first time two top French Rugby teams will play in Hong Kong.

Bill Cox