Hong Kong Sevens


Hong Kong Sevens
Fri, 5. April 2019 - Sun, 7. April 2019
Hong Kong Stadium - Hong Kong
World Sevens Series | Men's


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Over the course of three scintillating days of action, Gareth Baber's side enthralled the crowd as they achieved something that no other side has ever been able to do. 

In the Cup final, Jerry Tuwai, who is the only current player to have played in all four of the finals, pulled the strings majestically while Aminiasi Tuimaba scored a brace and Vilimoni Botitu also crossed for a try. 

After their silver medal in Vancouver, France were playing in their second consecutive Cup final in a season which is something that they hadn't achieved before.

They started at pace, however an early knock-on handed Fiji possession back and Baber's outfit didn't need a second invitation to fly. The rest of the half belonged to them as the HSBC Player of the Final Tuimaba, and Botitu, combined to cross twice with each setting the other up. 

After the break Fiji's 14-0 lead was tested when they went down to six players and France were awarded a penalty try. However, from 14-7, Fiji rallied and Tuimaba's second ultimately ensured that history would be created in front of a sold-out crowd.  

"It's a fantastic feeling and I'm sure that it will sink in over the next two or three days," said Fiji's head coach after the full-time whistle. 

"I think that all of this has been in the backdrop of what happened in Christchurch, obviously our hearts and our thoughts go out to all of those families and this is a dedication to them."

With just three full rounds to go on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019, the tournament victory means that Fiji jump ahead of New Zealand in the world series standings and sit in second. The USA are on top with 130 points while South Africa are fourth on 99 points, nine ahead of their chasers England in fifth. 

At the end of all ten rounds of this year's world series, the top four teams will confirm their places at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Japan are the only side currently qualified due to automatic qualification as the host nation. 

Ireland secure place on HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020

Ireland have secured a place as a core team on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 after beating Hong Kong in the final of the annual world series qualifier in Hong Kong. 

After three days of pulsating action in the competition, Anthony Eddy's side finished up 28-7 victors in the competition-decider and put to bed the heartache of 12 months ago in considerable style. 

The victory in front of a packed Hong Kong Stadium means Ireland will become one of the 15 core teams contesting the 10-round world series.

In the final they struck first through Harry McNulty and captain Billy Dardis added the conversion. It gave them a spring in their step and an excellent angled run from O'Shea delivered their second just before half-time. A second successful conversion put them 14 points up before they extended that out to 21.  

Hong Kong responded when Ireland went down to six men but Terry Kennedy's converted try created a 28-7 advantage. As the time went into the red, the home side continued to battle but Ireland's gutsy defence held firm and the players cried tears of joy as the full-time whistle sounded. 

Quick Links

Hong Kong Sevens | Results Day 3

HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series | Standings


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