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Off and running: Hong Kong make ideal start to Asia Rugby Sevens Series leg in South Korea

Both the men’s and women’s teams post two wins on Saturday, with a 57-0 win over Japan a highlight for Gareth Baber’s side

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 September, 2016, 4:10pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 September, 2016, 7:06pm

Hong Kong’s massive 57-0 win over a Japan highlighted a flying start to the second round of the Asia Rugby Sevens Series for the city’s men and women in South Korea on Saturday.

Coach Gareth Baber had expected to have trouble with Japan, but his men had other ideas as six different players helped run in nine tries to secure the win.

Lee Jones started the rout with two early tries and Rowan Varty and Ryan Meacheam also found the line twice.

The men had earlier coasted to a 47-5 win over Taiwan in their opening game having won the first leg of the series on home soil earlier this month, with seven players crossing including Alex McQueen and Cado Lee Ka-to.

But in a blow for Hong Kong, Tom McQueen suffered what appeared to be a serious leg injury against Japan and was stretchered off inside the first minute.

The women, meanwhile, opened their account with a 51-0 win over Uzbekistan thanks to three tries from Amelie Seure and two from the returning Lindsay Varty.

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In perhaps an even more impressive performance, Hong Kong then registered a commanding 24-0 win over a Singapore outfit that has troubled them in the past.

Seure again led from the front and crossed twice, while Christy Cheng Ka-chi also scored.

The men face South Korea in their final game, while the women play a powerful Japan.