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HONG KONG 7s 2017Hong Kong 7s Winners Fiji 2017


HSBC 7s Day 3

FIJI beat South Africa 22-0 at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens and claimed their first tournament victory of the season.

The Olympic Champions, unbeaten all weekend, scored four tries in the final as a weekend of pulsating rugby came to a thrilling end on Sunday. The result means Fiji jump to second place in the rankings ahead of England while the Blitzboks remain on top with three tournaments left this season.

Fijian coach Gareth Baber admitted his team were happy to finally get a tournament win under their belts: "With the quality of players we have here I'm very aware that we should be winning Cups. I'm also aware that Ben (Ryan - former coach) did a great job and that we needed to keep the pressure on South Africa at the top of the table. I knew they could do it - it was just a matter of time before we could get it done."

Meanwhile, Spain secured their spot on next season's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series after beating Germany 12-7 in the World Rugby series qualifier final at the Hong Kong stadium. Scotland won the Challenge Trophy while Australia claimed bronze after beating USA.

Hong Kong 7s Final 2017

Fans in the packed Hong Kong stadium rose to their feet as Fiji and South Africa ran out for the last game of the weekend, with Fiji searching for their first tournament win this season and the Blitzboks hoping for their first ever win at the Hong Kong Sevens. The opening exchanges were tense until captain Osea Kolinisau broke down field to set up Sevuloni Mocenacagi to score in the corner. The second try came shortly afterwards as Mesulame Kunavula bustled over after strong Fijian carrying to make it 10-0 at half-time. Neil Powell fired up his troops at the pause in play but it was the Olympic champions who struck first after the break, with Kalione Nasoko making a superb break to score underneath the sticks. Minutes later Nasoko struck again to seal the win and also take the HSBC Player of the Final accolade.

Hong Kong 7s Semi Finals 2017
Earlier on Sunday, a ferocious start by Fiji against Australia saw captain Osea Koliniseau race in for his 119th series try to open the scoring.  Hot stepper Jerry Tuwai continued his impressive Hong Kong tournament as he slinked past the Australian defence before replicating his show-and-go minutes later. After that Nasoko finished a sublime Fijian move to make it 26-0 at half time. Tries by Charlie Taylor and Liam McNamara in the second half gave Australia brief hope, but a score by Setareki Bituniyata left it 33-12 and Fiji were on their way to an eleventh series final in Hong Kong.

One of the first names on the Hong Kong dream team was Perry Baker and the speedy number 11 put USA ahead in their semi-final against South Africa. Siviwe Soyizwapi fired back for the Blitzboks before the Americans suffered a hammer-blow as Danny Barrett limped from the field. Dylan Sage scored his second Hong Kong Sevens try shortly afterwards and captain Philip Snyman made it 19-7 to South Africa at the break.

The Blitzboks restarted with another try from Soyizwapi, but then the turnaround came. Martin Iosefo crossed before Perry Baker scored two tries to level the game. Madison Hughes’ conversion was wide from the last try and so extra time was on. With large chunks of the crowd chanting for the Americans, the USA tore into the Blitzboks but the series leaders held their nerve and Ruhan Nel eventually broke through to score the match-winning try to leave it 29-24 in South Africa’s favour.

QUARTER-FINALS
The first quarter final of the day got off to a frenetic start with former Australian captain Ed Jenkins knocking on just over the try line before good counter rucking by Argentina set up Matias Osadczuk for the opener. Australia weathered pressure from the South Americans before a superb break by Boyd Killingworth allowed the men in gold level it at the break, 7-7.Dream teamer Henry Hutchison, who was so impressive for his side on day two, started his day with a try to put Australia in front before captain Tom Lucas ghosted through for a well taken effort to seal the win. A late consolation try for Argentina by Renzo Barbier was too late to make an impact as the match finished 21-12.

Vatema Ravouvou started where he left off on day two as he got Fiji out of the blocks with a well taken try but Canada, who looked sharp all weekend, equalised with a try from Luke McCloskey in the second quarter-final. That momentum benefitted the Canadians and Lucas Hammond put them in front as he burrowed his way over the line. But this being Fiji and this being is Hong Kong, the Olympic champions fired back through Kalione Nasoko to make it 12-12 at the break. Ravouvou scored again just after the resumption of play and Nasoko got his second before Fiji went coast-to-coast to put over Sevuloni Mocenacagi to progress to the semis with a 29-12 win.

Two of the tournament's unbeaten teams faced off in the third quarter-final of the day and USA brought the fight to England. Tom Mitchell got the scoring underway early for the English, but tries from Madison Hughes, a beautiful rip-and-run from Perry Baker and Stephen Tomasin had USA ahead 15-7 at half-time. The American momentum continued in the second half as Ben Pinkleman crossed to increase the lead. A sustained period of English pressure failed to result in points and captain Hughes broke away to score and end a breathless encounter, 27-7.

The noise levels in the Hong Kong stadium were high by the time series leaders South Africa took to the field against New Zealand. Chris Dry opened the scoring for the Blitzboks after a sustained period of pressure, but that was cancelled out by Regan Ware's 25th series try for the All Black Sevens. South Africa's Dylan Sage sin-binning for a high tackle allowed Sione Molia dot down before the half time whistle. After the break, Cecil Afrika, on his 50th tournament appearance, scored in the second half to inspire his team and hard work resulted in Werner Kok crossing to ensure the win. 21-19 it finished, with South Africa through to yet another series semi-final this year.

WORLD RUGBY SERIES QUALIFIERS
It’s hard to fathom that a year of preparation all boils down to 14 minutes in Hong Kong, but that’s how it goes and Spain and Germany took the field on Sunday evening, knowing that a place on next season’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series was on the line.

A tense opener saw Fabien Hempel cross for Germany after a period of pressure but Javier Carrion’s line break saw him make up the gap to leave it 7-5 at half-time. A beautiful break from Pol Pla saw Francisco Hernandez cross for a well-worked try in the second half and despite Germany’s attempts, Spain held on for a deserved win.

Qualifier Semi-Finals
Chile and Germany both impressed over the three days in Hong Kong and a tough battle in the first half of the first World Rugby series qualifier saw Germany edge 14-7 in front at half time. While the lineouts did not function for Germany in the second half, mistakes by Chile gave them opportunities and try by Raynor Parkinson helped them progress to the final with a 19-7 win.

In the other semi-final, Spain scored in the first half through Inaki Villanueva against Papua New Guinea before tries in the second period by captain Angel Lopez and Igor Genua completed the job for Spain. Late scores from Wesley Vali and William Tirang offered only consolation for PNG.

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HSBC 7s Day 2

AUSTRALIA, South Africa, USA and Fiji remain unbeaten at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens as day two produced yet another day of thrilling sevens action in the Hong Kong heat.

With Madness entertaining the sold-out crowd at the break, madness also reigned on the pitch as Russia shocked Scotland, Wales drew with Fiji and the series qualifier tournament had fans on the edge of their seats.

Australia will be happy with their performance on Saturday as they followed up their day one win over Samoa with victories against South Korea and England to ensure their place in the quarter-finals against Argentina.

The other quarter-finals on Sunday will see Fiji play Canada, USA face England and a mouth watering encounter as South Africa take on New Zealand.

Elsewhere in the World Rugby series qualifier competition, Chile, Germany, Papua New Guinea and Spain progressed to the semi-finals on Sunday.

POOL A
1 Australia 2 England 3 Samoa 4 Korea

Australia kicked off proceedings on day two with a comfortable 52-0 win over invitational team South Korea but it was their 12-10 winning performance against England in their final pool match of the day that sparked rapturous cheers in a packed out Hong Kong Stadium. Rookie of the year 2015-16 Henry Hutchison scored twice as Andy Friend's outfit finished top of their pool for the first time since Dubai last December.

Despite their loss to Australia, England had already secured their place in the Cup quarter-finals with a 12-10 win over Samoa earlier in the day, with Gordon Tietjens' side pushing them close.

POOL B
1 South Africa2 Canada3 Kenya 4 France

Series leaders South Africa finished with a clean sweep of three wins from three in the pool stages, beating Kenya 35-10 on the morning of day one with a hat-trick from Werner Kok the highlight of the match. Damian McGrath's Canada side proved a different level of competition though, keeping the score level at half-time with Justin Douglas' try cancelling out Dylan Sage's score to keep it 7-7 at the break. The familiar Blitzboks momentum shone through late in the second half though, with scores from Ruhan Nel, Cecil Afrika and Siviwe Soyizwapi sealing the win 26-7.

McGrath's Canada side had beaten France 28-14 earlier in the day and beaten Kenya 17-14 on day one to make sure they will be in the business end of things come the third day in Hong Kong.

POOL C
1 Fiji 2 New Zealand3 Wales 4Japan

Fiji topped Pool C but were almost tripped up by a fierce performance from Wales in their first match on day two. Having lost to the Welsh in Sydney earlier in the series (which broke Wales' 14-match losing streak against the Pacific islanders), Fiji were aware of the threat and Luke Morgan was on song scoring twice in the first half to give his side a 10-5 lead at half-time. Vatemo Ravouvou scored early in the second half to put Fiji ahead 12-10 after his conversion also landed, but Morgan tipped the game back in favour of Wales. A late try from Amenoni Nasilasila brought the scores level, making it a thrilling 17-17 scoreline.

Gareth Baber's side faced a strong New Zealand outfit in their second pool match, a side who had beaten Japan 40-14 earlier in the day to qualify for the quarter-finals. Despite a barnstorming try from New Zealand debutant Joey Ravouvou, it was his namesake Vatemo who clinched the winning try for Fiji and put a 17-14 win on the board.

POOL D
1 USA2 Argentina3 Russia4 Scottish Rugby

USA went unbeaten in Pool D, beating Scotland 19-14 early on day two thanks to a hat-trick from Perry Baker to secure their spot in the Cup quarter-finals. Mike Friday's side produced a dominant performance against Argentina in their final pool match, with the returning Mike Teo showing his class from the recent Americas Rugby Championship by bagging two tries in his side's five-try, 33-5 win.

Argentina had fortunately secured their Cup quarter-final place with a 17-12 comeback win over Russia earlier in the day. Russia's Vladimir Ostroushko and Vitaly Zhivatov scored in the first half and combined with Dmitry Sukhin's conversion made it 0-12 at half-time. However, Santiago Gomez Cora's side bounced back quickly with Fernando Luna, German Schultz and Matias Ocsaduk all scoring to help make it 17-12 at full time.

QUALFIERS
Day two of the Hong Kong sevens finished with four thrilling quarter-finals as the eight teams battled out for a chance to be a core team on next year's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. After pool play, Guyana, Tonga, Jamaica and Sri Lanka had been eliminated.

South American rivals Chile and Uruguay faced off in the first qualifier in a tense affair that saw two men in the bin. Chile scored first but Uruguay fired back to leave the teams level 7-7 at the midway point. But a try from Lucas Westcott stretched the gap and Francisco Neira - the man who just completed his business studies degree - put Chile in the business end of the qualification tournament, despite a consolation try for Uruguay. It finished 21-12 and Chile took their place in the semi on Sunday.

Their opposition was to come from the next quarter-final as Germany faced off against Hong Kong, who were, unsurprisingly, backed by a passionate local support. In what turned out to be a breathless affair, Germany's Sebastian Fromm opened the scoring with a superb break after just two minutes. However the hosts grew into the game and Jamie Hood levelled the scoring in the dying minutes. The game was headed for extra time when Hong Kong chipped ahead only for the Germans to counter-attack, making space for Bastian Himmer who broke away to score and silence the home support. 14-7 it finished and Germany will face Chile in the first semi-final on Sunday. 

It started badly for Uganda - a poor kick off resulted in a try for their opponents Papua New Guinea as AA Clements broke through the line. However the African side equalised with a try from the energetic Govle Ramathan and the momentum saw them cross the line right at the break - Solomon Okia rewarded for his hard work in attack to leave it 10-7. Gaino Kapana then scored with 3 minutes left to make it 14-10 to PNG and, despite a frantic finish, Papua New Guinea held on for the win.

The final match of the night saw Spain take on a plucky Namibian side. Spain, unbeaten so far in the tournament, went ahead in the first half with tries from Joan Losada, Pol Pla and Lucas Levy leaving it 21-0 at half time. Second half tries from Losada and Levy saw Spain take their place in the semi-final with a 33-0 win.

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HSBC 7s Day 1

ENGLAND winger Dan Norton scored the 245th try of his career to become the world's all-time top try-scorer in Hong Kong on Friday.

 

The winger touched down under the posts against South Korea to break the record held by Kenya's Collins Injera, who was also in action on day one of the seventh round of this season's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Speaking after breaking the record, Norton said: "It was a nice feeling. The hardest thing was trying to control my brain this week and concentrate on the process that got me here in the first place. It was always nice to get it out of the way.

"There's a lot more to come but obviously Collins (Injera) is still out there playing so now it's about doing as well as we can for our country and win as many tournaments as we can."

The 52-0 win over South Korea also saw England captain Tom Mitchell claim his 100th series try, while Australia's Ed Jenkins, Canada's Nathan Hirayama and South Africa's Cecil Afrika all appeared in their 50th tournament.

 

Pool A
Australia and Samoa opened proceedings on Friday evening on Hong Kong island as coach Gordon Tietjens sat pitchside in the Samoan colours instead of the All Blacks Sevens tracksuit that he donned for 22 years. In a close game, Henry Hutchison scored twice to help his side to a 22-19 victory in humid conditions. Later in Pool A, England put invitational team South Korea to the sword, scoring eight tries as Dan Norton and Tom Mitchell reached their respective milestones.

Pool B
Canada's Nathan Hirayama ran out first as he marked his 50th cap in their Pool B clash against Kenya. In a tight, physical affair, Luke McCloskey scored first for his side before Kenya answered back with a try from Dennis Ombachi. However, it was a superb effort from Harry Jones that swung the match for the Canadians as he went in under the posts with style. Hirayama's last-minute penalty snatched the 17-14 win as he became Canada's all-time top points scorer.

Another tight encounter saw series leaders South Africa take on France in the last game of the night and while the Blitzboks went ahead early, the French battled back brilliantly to make it 10-10 with minutes to go. However, cometh the hour cometh the inspirational Cecil Afrika, who crossed the line with three minutes left to edge the South Africans in front and claim the 17-10 win. 

Pool C
New Zealand started the Hong Kong weekend without inspirational captain Scott Curry, who pulled out on Friday morning due to illness. Sevens stalwart DJ Forbes stepped in to resume his former role as captain as they took on Wales in Pool C. Another All Black Sevens experienced hand Tim Mikkelson opened the scoring before getting sent to the sin-bin for obstructing a Welsh penalty. The extra player helped Wales put Morgan Williams over in the corner to level. But it was Forbes who stepped up to make it 12-7 and Beaudein Waaka finished off a length of the pitch try to see New Zealand lay down a marker as they walked away with a 19-7 win.

Afterwards Fiji gave a masterclass in front of the fans to defeat Japan. Two tries from Jerry Tuwai, as well as individual efforts from Joeli Lutumailagi, Vatemo Ravouvou, Osea Kolinisau and Apisai Domolailia, saw Fiji win 36-0.

Pool D
A tight game got Pool D underway as Argentina and Scotland battled it out in front of a packed Hong Kong Stadium. Gaston Revol opened the scoring but Scotland's Jamie Farndale levelled the scores before the break. Argentina applied pressure and started to pull away in the second half with the dazzling Matias Osadczuk crossing before Dougie Fife showed his twinkle toes at the other end.  A try from sub Renzo Barbier was enough to secure a 22-14 win for Argentina.

Following that match, USA took on Russia and if the Americans were expecting an easy 14 minutes, they were very much mistaken. An intense battle saw Folau Niua score after five minutes before speed merchant Perry Baker crossed the whitewash after breaking out of his own 22. However, Russia piled on the pressure and were rewarded when German Davydov pushed over with three minutes left. USA, led by Madison Hughes, held out to secure a valuable 14-7 win.

World Rugby Series Qualifier
The traditional competition to qualify one team for the next season's series kicked off the festival of rugby on Friday in Hong Kong, with all 12 teams looking hungry and eager to compete for the top prize. With each team playing two pool games on day one, five teams finished the day unbeaten in Germany, hosts Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Chile and Spain. Wesley Vali from Papua New Guinea stood out by scoring two tries, including one superb effort in the corner against Guyana. 

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HSBC 7s Results

FRIDAY 7th APRIL 2017

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18:00

AUSTRALIA

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22-19

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SAMOA

POOL A

2

18:22

ENGLAND

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52-0

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KOREA

POOL A

3

18:44

ARGENTINA

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22-14

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SCOTLAND

POOL D

4

19:08

USA

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14-7

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RUSSIA

POOL D

5

19:32

NEW ZEALAND

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19-7

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WALES

POOL C

6

19:54

FIJI

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36-0

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JAPAN

POOL C

7

20:18

CANADA

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17-14

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KENYA

POOL B

8

20:40

SOUTH AFRICA

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17-10

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FRANCE

POOL B

SATURDAY 8th APRIL 2017

9

11:18

AUSTRALIA

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52-0

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KOREA

POOL A

10

11:40

ENGLAND

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12-10

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SAMOA

POOL A

11

12:02

ARGENTINA

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17-12

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RUSSIA

POOL D

12

12:26

USA

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19-14

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SCOTLAND

POOL D

13

12:50

NEW ZEALAND

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40-14

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JAPAN

POOL C

14

13:12

FIJI

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17-17

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WALES

POOL C

15

13:34

CANADA

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28-14

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FRANCE

POOL B

16

13:56

SOUTH AFRICA

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35-10

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KENYA

POOL B

17

15:18

SAMOA

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22-12

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KOREA

POOL A

18

15:40

ENGLAND

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10-12

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AUSTRALIA

POOL A

19

16:02

SCOTLAND

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5-14

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RUSSIA

POOL D

20

16:24

USA

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33-5

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ARGENTINA

POOL D

21

16:48

WALES

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34-21

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JAPAN

POOL C

22

17:12

FIJI

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17-14

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NEW ZEALAND

POOL C

23

17:34

KENYA

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29-12

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FRANCE

POOL B

24

17:56

SOUTH AFRICA

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26-7

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CANADA

POOL B

SUNDAY 9th APRIL 2017

25

09:30

SAMOA

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21-26

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SCOTLAND

CT QF

26

09:52

WALES

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21-28

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FRANCE

CT QF

27

10:14

RUSSIA

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43-0

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KOREA

CT QF

28

10:36

KENYA

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24-17

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JAPAN

CT QF

29

10:58

AUSTRALIA

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21-12

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ARGENTINA

CUP QF

30

11:20

FIJI

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29-12

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CANADA

CUP QF

31

11:42

USA

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27-7

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ENGLAND

CUP QF

32

12:06

SOUTH AFRICA

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21-19

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NEW ZEALAND

CUP QF

33

13:14

SAMOA

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12-26

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WALES

13th PL SF

34

13:36

KOREA

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7-36

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JAPAN

13th PL SF

35

13:58

SCOTLAND

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21-19

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FRANCE

CT SF

36

14:22

RUSSIA

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5-24

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KENYA

CT SF

37

14:47

ARGENTINA

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20-19

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CANADA

5th PL SF

38

15:09

ENGLAND

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7-21

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NEW ZEALAND

5th PL SF

39

15:31

AUSTRALIA

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12-33

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FIJI

CUP SF

40

15:53

USA

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24-29

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SOUTH AFRICA

CUP SF

41

17:00

WALES

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21-28

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JAPAN

13th PL PO

42

17:30

SCOTLAND

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21-19

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KENYA

CT FINAL

43

18:00

ARGENTINA

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7-10

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NEW ZEALAND

5th PL PO

44

18:30

Rio 2016 Bronze MedalAUSTRALIA

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26-19

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USA

BRONZE

45

19:00

Rio 2016 Gold MedalFIJI

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22-0

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SOUTH AFRICARio 2016 Silver Medal

CUP FINAL

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HSBC 7s Pools


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HONG KONG is set for four days of non-stop rugby with not only the seventh round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series taking place but also the men's and women's qualifying events for a core team place on the 2017-18 series.

The Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens will take place on at the Hong Kong Stadium with England the top seeds after beating South Africa in the gold medal match at the HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver on Sunday.

Simon Amor's team, who also won in Cape Town, will play Australia, Samoa and invitational side Korea in Pool A in Hong Kong, while South Africa, who lead the series standings after six rounds, will meet Canada, Kenya and France in Pool B.

Olympic champions Fiji will be hoping to claim their first title of the season when they return to Hong Kong, where they'll meet rivals New Zealand, Wales and Japan in Pool C.

USA will be hoping to back up their impressive performance in Vancouver when they take on Argentina, Scotland and Russia in Pool D.

The men's qualifier will run alongside the tournament in Hong Kong with 12 teams battling it out for a core team place on the series in 2017-18. Germany and Tonga will be joined in Pool E by Jamaica and Uganda, who made many new fans with their performances in Dubai and Cape Town at the start of the season. Hosts Hong Kong top Pool F where they will face Chile, Sri Lanka and Namibia, while Pool G features Spain, Papua New Guinea, Uruguay and Guyana.

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HSBC 7s Intro

THE HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17 has been a whirlwind so far. From the heat of Dubai, cricket in Cape Town, wind in Wellington, sizzling Sydney sun, virtuoso performances in Las Vegas, dropping the puck with the hockey teams in Vancouver ... now it's time for Hong Kong.

Hong Kong 7s Captains 2017The 16 team captains gathered under the old clocktower on Wednesday, along with representatives of 12 other teams bidding to join them on the series next year by winning the qualifier that runs side by side with the tournament in Hong Kong this weekend.

With six rounds already played, South Africa lead the way on 126 points, 23 ahead of nearest rivals England. The Blitzboks have won four rounds and England the other two.

Interestingly, Olympic champions Fiji, who currently lie in third place, are yet to win a round of the series. But if there’s one place they like to win, it’s Hong Kong and captain Osea Kolinisau says his side are preparing well for the event.

World Rugby Vice-Chairman Agustín Pichot said: "Hong Kong is one of the biggest and most unique tournaments on the HSBC Sevens Series circuit and this weekend will be yet another fantastic event.

"South Africa are deservedly leading the field but there is still a lot of rugby to be played and it will be interesting to see who lifts the trophy on Sunday evening here at the Hong Kong Stadium."

Eight-two players will make their Hong Kong debut when they take to the field for the seventh round of this season's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series on Friday.

HSBC 7s Squads

All but one of the Japanese squad will have their first starts in Hong Kong this weekend, while South Korea, the invitational side for the weekend, can say the same.

Much of the excitement this weekend surrounds England's Dan Norton, who could become the all-time series top try scorer if he crosses the whitewash over the weekend. The electric winger has notched up 244 tries during his career and is on course to beat Collins Injera's record, however Injera's selection for Kenya will make for exciting viewing over the three days as he and Norton go head-to-head to finish up top of the try scoring charts. 

South Africa's Cecil Afrika will appear at his 50th tournament when he takes the field at the Hong Kong Stadium. The series leaders play in Pool B where they'll meet Canada, Kenya and France. Australia's Ed Jenkins and Canada's Nathan Hirayama will also make their 50th tournament appearance over the weekend, while Hirayama could also become his team's all-time leading point scorer.

Fiji coach Gareth Baber returns to familiar pastures this week as his side play New Zealand, Wales and Japan in Pool C. Baber used to coach Hong Kong before he took over the Olympic champions and he's looking forward to the next few days.

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HSBC 7s StandingsHSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Standings 2016

HSBC 7s Schedule

HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016

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