HK too strong for outclassed UAE

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 December, 2011, 12:00am


Hong Kong ran in 11 tries as they breezed to a comfortable 72-14 victory over the United Arab Emirates to get their campaign at the inaugural Emirates Airlines Cup of Nations off to a sound start in Dubai yesterday.

Last season in the HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition, Hong Kong romped to a 62-3 victory and yesterday's annihilation will go a long way to underline Hong Kong's number two status in Asia.

'It was an outstanding performance,' said Hong Kong national coach Dai Rees. 'We picked up from where we left off [in the Asian Five Nations] and I'm especially pleased that the seven new players we fielded today slotted in seamlessly. The transition was superb.'

Hong Kong led 36-7 at the break with tries to Tom McQueen (two), Alex McQueen, Keith Robertson and substitute Ed Haynes, coming on for Salom Yiu Kam-shing who limped off with torn knee ligament that will rule him out of the rest of the tour. Terence Montogomery, Rowan Varty, Cado Lee, Lee Jones, Tim Alexander and Alex Ng Wai-shing all touched down in the second half.

Hong Kong's next game in the four-nation tournament will be against Kenya on Tuesday. Kenya scored an upset 27-25 win over Brazil with the winning try coming late.