HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17

Baptism of fire as Fiji hand Hong Kong heavy loss at Singapore Sevens

Hong Kong Sevens champions run out 40-0 winners at Singapore’s National Stadium on Saturday ahead of remaining pool games against Canada and Russia

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 April, 2017, 2:28pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 April, 2017, 2:38pm

Hong Kong coach Paul John hopes the lessons learned in a tough 40-0 loss to Fiji on Saturday will hold his side in good stead in their remaining two pool games at the Singapore Sevens.

It was a tough opening to the tournament for Hong Kong, with Hong Kong Sevens champions Fiji at their creative best as they ran in six tries.

But with Canada and Russia to come on day one, John is confident of a better showing.

“Hopefully we can improve and if we improve I think we’re a fighting chance in the next two games but it is up to us to tighten things up,” he said.

“I think we played Fiji at the best time of day, they are going to get better and better.

“I understand the boys being a bit nervous on this stage, but if we get past that, the boys are capable of playing some good rugby.”

Salom Yiu Kam-shing led the way for Hong Kong, with his efforts recognised on the tournament performance tracker.

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Yiu sat equal top of the statistical table on 12 points after the first round of pool matches after his two tackles, three offloads and seven carries against Fiji.

Hong Kong matched the dynamic Fijians at certain points of the match, but were hurried with ball in hand and a number of turnovers saw them trailing 19-0 by the break.

The second half was much the same, with Fiji finding gaps in the Hong Kong line and scoring at will.