HONG KONG took full advantage of the novel '25th team' concept being used for this World Cup Sevens to book a berth in the Plate competition today. Using two players from the reserve pool - Chris Gordon and Riaz Fredericks - the territory swept to a 26-5 victory over Ireland in their first game of the day. Luke Nabaro was added to the squad afterwards. But South Africa were too good and had the power to outstrip Hong Kong 29-5 and oust them from a Cup berth. The Plate beckons now, with Argentina first on the challenge list. If they win, Hong Kong will meet the winners of Scotland v Romania in the semi-finals, and then to the final. Gordon, Fredericks and Nabaro were brought in to replace the injured Rodney McIntosh (calf), Hamish Bowden (hamstring) and Rob Santos (shoulder). The inclusion of these players, especially the flashy Gordon, has strengthened the territory's campaign, which yesterday evening seemed to be in tatters. Hong Kong coach George Simpkin said the side had more bite thanks to the '25th team'. He said: 'We have the wheels to be competitive for the first time since Stewart Brew played for Hong Kong [in 1992].' The '25th team' idea was put forward by Hong Kong Rugby Football Union. Teams draw from a pool of 10 players - made up of seven from Hong Kong and three Fijians who played in the Carlsberg Tens. At previous Hong Kong Sevens, teams could only draw upon players from other sides already eliminated. It was Hong Kong Football Club winger Gordon who stole the show for Hong Kong - using his brilliant dummy to great effect against the Irish and South Africans. Gordon said: 'If we had had some more time together we could have beaten the South Africans.' Chan Fuk-ping started on the bench in both games, coming on with a minute left against the Irish but remaining unused against South Africa. Lacking Gordon's pace, Chan is unlikely to play much of a role today as Hong Kong make a bid for Plate glory.