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  1. Sport - Rugby

    Japan slice through Italy to earn World Series berth

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 12:45am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Japan slice through Italy for IRB spot Imperious Japan became Asia's first team to win a core spot on the IRB Sevens World Series after brushing ... of their goal, the crowd threw their support firmly behind Japan and the Asian sevens champions delivered in style, speeding to a 26-5 win. "This is just amazing. Our goal was to qualify ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/sevens/article/1461166/japan-slice-through-italy-irb-spot
  2. Sport - Rugby

    Japan prevail in the rain as Hong Kong eye final assault

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 12:27am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Asian champions dispose of opponents as they play a territorial kicking game Japan prevail in the rain as HK eye final assault Japan will continue ... Kong Stadium before lunchtime, Japan changed their game plan accordingly in the knockout stage as they came up against Tunisia, kicking the ball deep into their opponent's half and relying ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/sevens/article/1460529/japan-prevail-rain-hong-kong-eye-final-assault
  3. Sport - Rugby

    Japan power past Tunisia to set up Russia semi-final

    Posted Mar 29th 2014, 06:42pm

    ... John Carney Japan’s juggernaut keeps powering on at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, making short work of Tunisia 38-7 in their Sevens World Series qualifier quarter-final. Tunisia were simply no match for the Japanese who tore through the north Africans’ defence almost at will. In Sunday’s first qualifier semi-final Japan will now face Russia who beat Uruguay 21-14. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1460343/japan-power-past-tunisia-set-russia-semi-final
  4. Sport - Rugby

    Japan’s ‘Terminator’ Lomano Lemeki aims to take on the world

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 10:43pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... Schwarzenegger, Japan's all-action hero Lomano Lemeki wants life to imitate art. That would be a danger for Hong Kong as the man who is quickly gaining the reputation as a Terminator on the sevens field is keen to lead his adopted country into the HSBC Sevens World Series next season. "We are confident we can do it," said Lemeki after Japan blasted their way past their first two ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/sevens/article/1459646/japans-terminator-lomano-lemeki-aims-take-world
  5. Sport - Rugby

    Watch out for Japan, Mike Friday warns Hong Kong

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 09:42pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Asian champions present biggest danger to home side for promotion to World Series, says ex-England sevens coach Watch out for Japan, Friday warns HK Speed-infused Japan are genuine contenders for Sevens World Series promotion and a big stumbling block for Hong Kong's ambitions, says former England sevens guru Mike Friday. Japan impressed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/sevens/article/1456371/watch-out-japan-mike-friday-warns-hong-kong
  6. Sport - Rugby

    More power to Japan: Eddie gives sevens team shot in the arm

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 02:22pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... two tournaments – the Tokyo Sevens this weekend and the Hong Kong Sevens next week. Yoshikazu Fujita, 20, and Kenki Fukuoka, 22, will add pace and power to Japan who, like Hong Kong, ... Fukuoka was described by Jones as a player “with blinding pace”. Jones, who has resumed his job as Japan’s 15-a-side head coach after suffering a stroke, is a keen advocate of sevens, which he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1453203/more-power-japan-eddie-gives-sevens-team-shot-arm
  7. Sport - Rugby

    IRB raises stakes in core-team qualifying race

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 09:59pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... will double as the Asian qualifiers for the World Cup and Japan are strong favourites to win the direct berth to England. "Qualifying for the 15-a-side World Cup will take precedence once the Sevens are out of the way. We have set our sights on our final game against Japan," Rees said. Hong Kong meet the Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Korea and Japan in the A5N beginning in April. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/sevens/article/1458684/irb-raises-stakes-core-team-qualifying-race
  8. Sport - Rugby

    Hong Kong Sevens 2014 results

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 03:28pm

    ... SCMP Staff Friday, March 28 Pool Time Home Score Away G 14:00 Japan 24-0 Uruguay G 14:22 Cook Islands 21-7 Trinidad & Tobago F 14:44 Hong Kong 19-7 Tunisia F 15:00 Italy 31-12 American Samoa E 15:28 Russia 19-17 Chile E 15:50 Zimbabwe 49-5 Barbados G 16:12 Japan 41-0 Trinidad & Tobago G 16:34 Cook Islands 5-31 Uruguay F 16:56 Hong Kong 38-7 American Samoa F 17:18 Italy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/sevens/article/1459244/hong-kong-sevens-results
  9. Sport - Rugby

    Here’s hoping for the Wright decision

    Posted Mar 14th 2014, 02:11am by Alvin Sallay

    ... back to duty with Tokyo Shokki Shuttles, his team in the Japan Top League. Wright is presently negotiating a new contract but the club is keen to get him back and it is inevitable that he ... in Incheon. We came so close four years ago in Guangzhou, when Japan held on to win 28-21 and claim the gold. That was a memorable match, with Wright leading Hong Kong back from 0-14 down and 7-21 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1448222/heres-hoping-wright-decision
  10. Sport - Rugby

    Home is where the hope is as Hong Kong try to join big boys on IRB World Series

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 01:23pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... Kong have fallen short. In 2012 at Hong Kong Stadium, they were knocked out by Japan after losing playmaker Keith Robertson in the quarter-finals to a red card. Last year, as reigning Asian ... going into the tournament." Hong Kong have been accused of failing in this regard on many occasions against Asian rivals Japan, who have thwarted them time and again and will be one ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/sevens/article/1458524/home-where-hope-hong-kong-try-join-big-boys-irb-world-series

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