Following the conclusion of day 1 of the Asia Rugby U20 Sevens played in steamy conditions at King’s Park, Kowloon, the defending champions – Sri Lanka and hosts, Hong Kong looked the strongest sides in the men’s competition whilst China and Hong Kong finished day 1 unbeaten in the women’s round robin competition.
China women displayed a relentless defense as they kept all of their opponents on day 1 scoreless while racking up convincing wins, 32-0 over Singapore, 36-0 over Uzbekistan, 32-0 over India and an emphatic 24-0 victory over the defending U20 champions, Thailand in the last match of the day.
Xiaohui Huang was the star for China in their win over Thailand scoring a brace of tries – the first coming only 26 seconds into the match and her second mid way through the second half. These, coupled with the 7 tries she scored in earlier matches put Huang at the top of the statistics with 45 points accumulated on day 1.
And in the men’s competition, Sri Lanka got better with each game as they easily dispatched of their day 1 opponents – a 24-0 victory over Philippines, a superior effort over China winning 43-7 and a clinical display in their final match versus Malaysia with a 26-5 triumph.
But the day belonged to home-town heroes, Hong Kong as they put down a marker to all other teams as they swept aside all in their wake with large wins over Uzbekistan, 52-0, 31-0 win over Thailand and an outstanding victory over Korea, 38-0. Kit Fong lead the way for Hong Kong with 7 tries and a personal tally of 37 points on Day 1, but it was the defensive efforts that would have impressed the management of Hong Kong the most.
Asia Rugby Under 20 Sevens Series 2017
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