The men’s and women’s stages of the Hong Kong 7s have kicked off in Hong Kong, one of the final appointments to the World Rugby Sevens Series, and the race to win the title and one of the places up for grabs for Paris 2024. Let’s see how it went.
In Department of Women Watched the first round of the tournament Pool a Great Britain thrashed Canada 5-0, while New Zealand – dominant for the season – dominated hosts Hong Kong 50-0. In the second match Canada held their heads high, defeating Hong Kong 22-5, while New Zealand won the doubles 19-0 against Great Britain. In Pool bHowever, Fiji beat Ireland 17-7, while Australia easily dominated Brazil 43-5. Australia punched their ticket to the quarter-finals with a 19-12 win over Ireland, as did Fiji in a 36-5 rout of Brazil.
In Pond cIn the end, France defeated Japan 38-7 and the USA defeated Spain 35-7 in the first round. France, who defeated Spain 45-0, and USA, who beat Japan 26-17, are certain to reach the quarter-finals. Australia, Fiji, France and the United States have already qualified for the quarter-finals with one round of matches remaining, New Zealand are just out of maths, while Great Britain, Canada and Ireland are the most likely of the last viable spots.
In Men’s fieldHowever, the teams played only one match today, with the brace scheduled for tomorrow. In Pool a A great draw between Fiji and Samoa, the Fijians won 12-7 in the Pacific derby. Argentina also won by defeating Canada 17-7. In Pool b Great Britain takes a big risk, winning 14-12 against Uruguay. France beat Hong Kong 21-14.
In Pond c A surprise blow for Spain, who beat favorites USA 7-0, Australia was not surprised, it solved the problem of Japan with 26-5. Finally, in Pool d A good win for New Zealand, beating Kenya 29-5, while South Africa beat Ireland 14-7 in a much-anticipated match.
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