Sevens stars clash in Grand Final

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 March, 2011, 12:00am

Six key players will be involved in the Grand Championship final between Tradition Valley and DeA Tigers tomorrow, leaving Hong Kong head coach Dai Rees with his fingers crossed and hopeful that they all emerge injury-free and available for the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens this month.

Sevens stalwarts Rowan Varty and Keith Robertson, along with Tsang Hing-hung and Fan Shun-kei should all turn out for DeA Tigers as they bid to enter the record books by winning their first Grand Final at King's Park.

Valley, too, will have a couple of players from the preliminary squad of 19 - winger Salom Yiu Kam-shing and scrum half Tim Alexander - which will be cut to the required 12 when Rees makes his announcement next Saturday.

'I hope nobody gets injured. But, no, I'm not worried about them playing in such a big game just two weeks before the Sevens,' said Rees. 'In fact I'm delighted that all these players are involved, especially the DeA players, as it is great for Hong Kong rugby.'

Rees isn't taking sides, but the fact that DeA Tigers scored an upset win over league champions Newedge Club in last week's semi-final, proves a point that the game has been at its competitive best this season.

'Nobody anticipated Hong Kong Football Club losing to DeA, but this goes to show how hard it has been this season. The other good thing is that the season has carried on until just two weeks before the Sevens and a month before the Asian Five Nations leaving the players match-fit and game-hardened,' Rees said..

'Last year there was a gap of 10 weeks between the end of the domestic season and the Asian Five Nations and we were struggling to keep the players fit. As long as no one picks up injuries, it is good to see them in action so close to the Sevens,' Rees added.

Rees cannot afford any more injuries after the loss of Michael Wright and Jeff Wong Chun-kiu.