Asian Sevens Series

Asia Rugby Sevens Series 2016

Mixed bag: Hong Kong men set-up Asian sevens final against Sri Lanka, but host women bow out

Michael Coverdale, Salom Yiu Kam-shing and Ben Rimene score to secure 28-14 semi-final win over South Korea, but China women deny hosts the chance of a double

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 September, 2016, 2:31pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 September, 2016, 7:44pm

Hong Kong’s men will face Sri Lanka in the final of the opening round of the Asia Rugby Sevens Series at Hong Kong Football Club after beating South Korea on Saturday, but the city’s women were bundled out in the semi-finals.

Hong Kong were made to work for their berth in the final by a persistent South Korea, but eventually won their semi-final 28-14 after scores were locked at 14-14 at half-time.

Michael Coverdale scored two tries, Salom Yiu Kam-shing one and Ben Rimene also crossed and booted four conversions.

Sri Lanka earned their place in the final after edging out China 19-17 in the other semi-final.

In the women’s competition, Hong Kong lost 19-7 to a well-drilled China, with a lacklustre first half costing Anna Richards’ side.

Hong Kong slipped into a 12-0 deficit at the break before finally hitting back through a Natasha Olson-Thorne try and were in contention with the score at 12-7 in the final minutes.

But Hong Kong couldn’t capitalise despite several opportunities.

“I thought in the second half our work at the ruck was a lot better, [there was] a lot more urgency,” Richards said.

“We scored a good try, probably should have scored one or two more tries with the ball we had.”

Hong Kong now face Thailand for third place and Richards admitted victory in that game would be some consolation.

“It’s a good start, I would have preferred getting into the final and to have a go at a trophy,” she said.

“But you have got to start somewhere I suppose and it is all about getting better each tournament.”