Hong Kong Rugby Union

Hong Kong set up Japan play-off at Women’s World Cup after Spain defeat

Rose Hopewell-Fong scores for Jo Hull’s side at Queen’s University in Belfast in their ninth place semi-final

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 August, 2017, 9:52am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 August, 2017, 11:48am

Hong Kong will face regional rivals Japan in the 11th place play-off at the Women’s World Cup after Jo Hull’s side lost 31-7 to Spain in Belfast.

Rose Hopewell-Fong touched down for Hong Kong with Adrienne Garvey adding a conversion at the end of the first half at Queen’s University on Tuesday.

But with Spain proving too strong with five tries of their own to seal their place in the ninth place final in the 12-team tournament, Hong Kong will face Japan on Saturday after suffering a fourth defeat of the campaign.

Hong Kong earlier lost to Canada, New Zealand and Wales in the pool stage.

Japan, meanwhile, lost 22-0 to Italy in their ninth place semi-final having earlier lost to France, Ireland and Australia in the pool stage.

Watch: Spain 31-7 Hong Kong highlights