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Chile Drops Against Hong Kong

Chile Drops Against Hong Kong

Posted by Juan Gavasa on March 29, 2014

They made hard going of it, but Hong Kong slugged it out to beat Chile 10-7 and reach the semi-finals of the HSBC Sevens World Series qualifier competition at the Hong Kong Sevens on Saturday. It was as close as the score line suggests, with Chile physically testing the home side throughout. The hosts will now face Italy in Sunday’s second qualifier semi-final (at 1:18pm) after their Pool F rivals defeated Zimbabwe 17-12.

Hong Kong started brightly when in the second minute Rowan Varty put Salom Yiu Kam-shing through to score his fifth try of the tournament. Six minutes later Varty scored a try of his own to give Hong Kong a 10-0 lead going into the break. But Chile fought back and within a minute of the restart Pablo Metuaze, who had been on the pitch for only 12 seconds, ran over to score. The successful conversion by Francisco González forced Hong Kong to hold on grimly for the win.

“It was a tight game,” said Hong Kong captain Jamie Hood. “Chile are a big physical side who really contest the breakdown, and you could tell there was a lot at stake. “There is a place in the World Series up for grabs. We’re all scrapping for every ball.

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