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Overseas Lions beat Hong Kong Dragons in U19 Boys clash at NYD Youth Tournament

Junior boys and girls are declared the winners after spectacular day of age-grade 15s unveils more stars of tomorrow

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 January, 2016, 11:49pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 January, 2016, 10:21pm

The Hong Kong Dragons breathed fire but it wasn’t enough to beat the Overseas Lions in the U19 Boys age-grade finale at the HKRU’s 2016 New Year’s Day Youth Tournament sponsored by Prudential at Hong Kong Football Club on Friday.

Both teams played extremely well. We showed great strength in the last few minutes
Matt Worley, Overseas Lions captain

The overseas 15 triumphed 28-22 with captain Matt Worley saying it was a tough match as his scratch side had only four training sessions before of the tournament kicked off.

“Both teams played extremely well. We showed great strength in the last few minutes. Great perseverance and luckily we won the game,” said Worley.

Despite the defeat, Dragons scrum-half Mark Coebergh received the Larry Abel Trophy for overall best-and-fairest player.

The 17-year-old was excited to see his name carved into the much-coveted cup which bears an inscription identifying Coebergh's favourite Hong Kong player – former NYD Youth Tournament best and fairest stand-out Keith Robertson.

Coebergh and Worley were both in Singapore last week as part of the Hong Kong U19s who became Asian champions for a third straight year and qualified for the next World Rugby Under 20 Trophy in Zimbabwe from 19 April to 1 May 2016.

In the U19 Girls age-grade division on Friday, the Hong Kong Dragons won the Lassies Qaich by beating the Overseas Lions 19-10 as stand-out Gracie Hood of the Dragons took best-and-fairest honours (full results below).

WATCH: Interviews with future stars in the 2016 New Year's Day Tournament


NEW YEAR’S DAY YOUTH TOURNAMENT (1 January 2016, HKFC)

Level Time Home Score Away Form
U12 Girls 09:30 Island Lions 29-0 Peninsula Dragons 15s
U12 Boys 10:25 Island Lions 12-5 Peninsula Dragons 15s
U14 Girls 11:20 Island Lions 27-5 Peninsula Dragons 15s
U14 Boys 12:25 Island Lions 41-14 Peninsula Dragons 15s
U16 Girls 13:30 Island Lions 33-17 Peninsula Dragons 15s
U16 Boys 14:45 Hong Kong Dragons 5-15 Overseas Lions 15s
U19 Girls 16:00 Hong Kong Dragons 19-10 Overseas Lions 15s
U19 Boys 17:15 Warriors Dragons 12-7 Warriors Lions 15s
U19 Boys 18:20 Hong Kong Dragons 22-28 Overseas Lions 15s

WATCH: Full match videos from the HKRU’s 2016 NYD Youth Tournament...