— Hong Kong Rugby 7s (@hkrugby7s) March 26, 2019
The big news so far this year is Spain who have reached the Cup quarter-final for the first time since 2012, having won 2 pool matches. They go through to the Cup round, the premier competition at the HK7s. Vamos! A 17-12 victory over the Aussies saw them through.
Fiji are again looking ominous in what many consider to be their home competition. NZ didn’t see much of the ball in their game against the Flying Fijians who hit the half ton against the Men in Black. Their awareness of space and support play is unbelievable.
The Scots pulled off a memorable victory over the Auld Enemy England with a 22-19 win.
— Hong Kong Rugby 7s (@hkrugby7s) April 7, 2018
The men in white had too beat South Africa by at least 7 points to go through to the Cup- that wasn’t happening though, as the Boks won comfortably in a game that was tight until the last couple of minutes.
It’s all lining up for a fantastic Day 3 on Sunday at the HK7s.
With the 2016 HK Sevens well and truly over, and the excitement around town cooling down, 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
Imagine you’re the Hong Kong Sevens Stadium DJ for the rugby. What tracks would you play?
Playlist from HK7s DJ Simon Southgate
Think about it….the pressure’s on, there are 40,000 spectators expecting you to up your game versus what went on last year, and there are you fumbling around trying to find some good tunes.
Well, the Hoff´s coming this year, so that should give you a breather..
And apart from that, at least you’d have the old HK7s favourites out there that are guaranteed to get at least 15,000 people in the South Stand up off their backsides.
We run through a few of the tracks you are bound to hear. Continue reading