Hong Kong women give Sevens selectors plenty to think about
Super Series sides sweep Princeton University at King’s Park
The Hong Kong Rugby Union Women’s Premiership Super Series sides swept touring Princeton University at King’s Park on Saturday.
The national team laden HKRU Scorpions dispatched Princeton A, 58-17, running in 10 tries in a performance driven by a superior display from the forward pack. In the second match, the HKRU Vipers featuring a selection of promising emerging Premiership and National League 1 players ran out 37-0 visitors over Princeton B.
Scorpions fly-half Rose Fong, who also added four conversions, was singled out by both Hong Kong XVs coach Jo Hull and Princeton coach Chris Ryan, also the USA Women’s Sevens assistant coach, for her performance.
“Their fly-half is pretty special. They played the whole first half in our end and I thought she could have kicked a bit more in the second to do it again, but they probably wanted to run,” said Ryan.
Hong Kong coach Jo Hull was keenly observing the action as the Princeton matches will help determine the composition of Hong Kong’s training squad for the Asia Rugby Championship in May.
Hull was impressed, saying, “I was really pleased with our attack. We got some momentum going, which is what we talked about before the game. We wanted to build momentum and phase play, and we did. Full credit to the forwards, particularly, for that,” said Hull.
Hull pointed to the performances of Hong Kong lock Claire Forster and up and coming prop Jasmine Cheung as standouts in the pack, adding that it’s “great to have Rosie [Fong] back. She had some nice kicks and played very intelligently.
“These games help us massively. This tour is about match practice for the Asia Rugby Championship and while there was a lot we didn’t do very well today, there was a lot we can build from, particularly that go-forwards in attack,” said Hull, adding that the team “definitely needs to work on its defence.”
“In the second half, we wanted to minimize the mistakes, the knock-ons and missed tackles in particular, and we still have work to do in this area, but I was pleased that we kept our momentum. Today was the best that I have seen this team play throughout the Super Series.”
Hull was pleased at how the Scorpions negated Princeton’s size advantage, something which will be needed against Asian teams like Kazakhstan and Japan: “It’s important for us to work out how to play against bigger opposition and there were a lot of positives from today.”