Hong Kong Sevens

Hong Kong beat Italy to book quarter-final against Chile

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 March, 2014, 12:07pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 March, 2014, 4:55pm

Hong Kong sailed through their biggest test so far at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens when they easily disposed of Italy 19-0 to top Pool F and advance to the qualifier quarter-finals where they will face Chile.

Wins over Tunisia 19-7 and American Samoa 38-7 on Friday got the home side off to the best possible start in the HSBC Sevens World Series qualifying competition, and they built on this early promise by putting in a dominant performance against the Italians.

First-half tries from Salom Yiu Kam-shing – his fourth of the tournament – and Raef Morrison put them on the road to victory and Alex McQueen sealed the win by going over for a try after the hooter.

18-year-old Morrison, playing in his first Hong Kong Sevens, has been a revelation in the competition so far and he continued his impressive form against the Italians. He hoped that the best was still to come.

“We are trying to keep progressing as the tournament goes on and this is just another step,” Morrison said. “We’re trying to improve in every single game we play.

“Obviously beating Italy is a big physiological boost for us as they were our biggest rivals to win the group. It’s all been an incredible experience.”