Nudity, sunburn and Sweet Caroline – play along with Hong Kong Sevens bingo
High stepping on the pitch and high jinks in the stands are the order of the day – here’s a handy checklist to make sure you’ve not missed out
Whether this is your first Hong Kong Sevens or your last – well, that’s what you’ve been telling people – there is a strong chance that you might not remember it all come Monday, especially if you manage a full Saturday in the South Stand.
But that needn’t be the case with this handy checklist of what to look out for on the pitch, in the stands and on the streets of Hong Kong over the 72 hours. Spot it all and you win Sevens bingo, safe in the knowledge that you’ve had a fine time at the jewel in the crown of Hong Kong sport and sevens rugby.
Feel free to make this a drinking game if you’re so inclined but that’s more likely to end with you appearing on the list rather than ticking it off.
Now eyes down, look in.
● Queues – at the bar, for the bathroom, to get in, for taxis. Queues everywhere.
● sunburned white men that forgot to pack their sunblock
● Someone fast asleep in the South Stand – and fellow members of the crowd “enjoying” that
● Nearly 40,000 people singing along to Neil Diamond floor-filler “Sweet Caroline”
● Fiji winning the final (again)
● Lan Kwai Fong in full-on last days of Rome mode
● Someone dressed as Where’s Wally?
● A Mexican wave
● Streakers (or half-streakers)
● Being told that “no one cares about the rugby”
● The Hong Kong Sevens referred to as the “jewel in the crown”
● Bona fide rugby legends surfing the crowd (and probably getting into mither from their wife)
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) 1 April 2015
● American try machine Perry Baker scoring a try
● Schoolchildren sneaking into the South Stand for a sneakier pint – and their teachers trying to catch them out
● Grown men dressed as schoolchildren
Look who's joining us at this year's festivities…
@kazakhdan will be making his way through the tournament & festival at this year's Sevens... keep your eyes peeled for that insta-perfect photo opp!#kazakhdan #impersonator #celebrity #celebspotting #hk7s pic.twitter.com/n5AQYYstcM
— Hong Kong Sevens (@OfficialHK7s) 5 April 2018
● A Borat lookalike
● Seeing a band you assumed had split up a long time ago playing their one hit song
● A marriage proposal
● Some snazzy try celebrations
● At least one dragon dance
— Scott Semple (@HongKongRanger) 28 March 2015
● People passed out on traffic islands, hedges and bathroom floors
● A world leader lookalike partaking in festivities
● National flags, sometimes being worn as capes
● Ticket touts asking for a king’s ransom for tickets on Saturday morning – and people forking it over
● The same ticket touts trying to shift tickets for $100 as sunset approaches
● Flying pint pots
● Rugby players celebrating their tries while not all the crowd realises there’s a game on
Good luck. And don’t forget to check the Post’s live blog throughout the weekend to find out who has won the rugby. No one cares about the rugby, though, right?