THE predictability of so much of the second-day Sevens action was finally interrupted by one of the most unlikely sources imaginable yesterday: Thailand. Having been traditional tournament whipping boys on each of their appearances at the Sevens in the past, the Thais were on a hiding to nothing going into yesterday's Pool A game against Spain. Spain are one of the most respected of the second-tier European rugby nations and had warmed up for the Thailand match with an efficient 38-5 win against the Netherlands on Friday night. The Asian minnows, who had been outclassed 52-7 by South Africa in their Friday night opener, were expected to provide little more than token opposition against the Spanish big fish. But a virtuoso performance from their inspirational playmaker Chatree Phaksoontorn - who scored all of Thailand's four tries as well as converting them himself - left Spain ruing their luck after a 28-24 defeat. 'It's a great result for the team . . . we were relaxed and did not have pressure on us. We are just here to enjoy ourselves and we enjoyed ourselves today,' a delighted Chatree said after the win. The 20-year-old student from Bangkok - who had the rare experience of being mobbed by autograph hunters after his point-scoring heroics - clinched victory in the dying minutes when he intercepted a wayward pass in midfield to race in under the posts for the score to put the Thais 26-24 ahead. Chatree then added the conversion to extend Thailand's lead. Chatree had earlier secured his hat-trick with an improvised chip-and-chase over the top of the Spanish defence to put his side ahead early in the second half. Spain came back strongly, however, and looked to have secured the victory leading 24-21 with barely a minute remaining. But when Chatree, a fullback or scrumhalf in the 15-a-side code, snaffled his winning intercept try, Spain were beaten. Thailand were awarded a penalty in stoppage time and elected to kick at the posts. Chatree took his time and when his punt at goal drifted wide, Hong Kong referee Leo Chuan blew the final whistle to spark wild celebrations among the Thailand squad. 'It was a very good game for me. I think I was just lucky to be in those positions when the ball was passed to me . . . the whole team played very well,' a beaming Chatree added. Thailand were unable to repeat their remarkable performance when they took on the Netherlands in their final Pool A game. The Dutch did not make the same mistake as the Spanish and exploited their physical superiority to bag a convincing 38-7 victory. Thailand now face Taiwan in the quarter-finals of the Bowl competition today, while Spain and the Netherlands meet in a Plate quarter-final. Thailand's dramatic win aside, upsets were thin on the ground yesterday, and most of the Asian sides struggled to make much of an impression. Beyond Hong Kong, only Japan and Korea managed to progress to the last eight of the Plate, while Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Singapore were condemned to the Bowl, alongside the Thais and China. Korea, led by Park Jin-bae - the flanker sent off against Hong Kong in a stormy international at Football Club in 1996 - were by no means disgraced in their Pool E games. The men from the Land of the Morning Calm even had the audacity to take the lead against mighty New Zealand, Sung Hae-kyung scoring an early try before the All Blacks stepped up a gear to record a runaway 36-5 win.