With the 2016 HK Sevens now over, and the excitement around town cooling down to fever pitch, we thought we´d take a look back through the vaults and pick out some of the best tries that have graced this competition over the years since it began back in 1976. And that includes this year.
That´s not an easy job, with so many contenders, and I am sure that there will be a thousand different opinions on this, but anyway, here we go. In no particular order……..
In 2013, local heroes Fiji took on a resurgent Wales in the Cup final. Cory Allen gave a masterclass on how to pull off a “Show ´n Go” that left his oppsite number dead in his tracks. It was even more impressive when you realised that he was right on the touchline and had nowhere to go.
In 1995, a big 19 year old called Jonah Lomu was launched onto the world stage at the Hong Kong Sevens. In the final versus Fiji, he smashed through the defence to score the first try. It was a display of raw power. In this try, he shows his running skills as he dinks through the defence to score under the posts. He was very light on his feet for such a big man, and one of the HK7s greats.
They might have lost the final, but this try from the All Blacks just shows how quick their hands are. Incredible passing.
In the end, it wasn´t enough as the Fijians were too strong in 2016, but you wouldn´t bet against the Kiwis at the next tournament.
1990 NZ Fiji Final
In the 1990 final, the Fijian wizards pulled off what was arguably the best try of the tournament. We still haven´t figured out whether they were playing rugby 7s or basketball. It’s Tomasi Cama’s try. It´s our all time favourite, the Fijian make the game look like a Harlem Globetrotter´s Exhibition match for Pete´s sake.
The move starts off with a one handed 20 yard spin pass that is then tipped back over the head. The ball falls short but is scooped up backwards through the legs into the hands of Tomasi Kama who burns past John Gallagher. A classic.
The Try That Sealed the Fiji Win in 2016
Well, we wouldn´t say that this belonged in the Best HK7s Tries list, but it was pretty much the one that sealed the tournament win for Fiji.
This was how it looked from the South Stand. Roll on 2017!
— Hong Kong Rugby 7s (@hkrugby7s) April 12, 2016