China’s U20s were a in a different league to their opponents in the Asian U20 7s in Hong Kong this weekend.
Report from Asia Rugby. On the first day China displayed a relentless defence as they kept all of their opponents 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.
On the second day China continued to dominant as they put the sword to all challengers with a string of consistently high scoring victories. The standout player for China women was speedy winger Xiaohui Huang who capped off a fantastic tournament ending with 14 tries and a massive 70 points across the 2 days.
China, having seen off Thailand in their last match on day 1 came up against the only other unbeaten side, Hong Kong in the last match of the tournament and from the outset, looked too composed as Huang opened the scoring in the second minute of the match and continued an amazing final match as she scored a further 3 tries to complete the match with 4 tries and a personal tally in the ‘final’ of 20 points.
China team coach Jiale Ma revealed that her team had watched videos of Hong Kong’s play, but assigned the success to “minimal mistakes, good communication and holding on to possession”.
Thailand finished second in the round robin tournament after dispatching hosts, Hong Kong 36-12 in their last match and ensure that Hong Kong ensured a disappointing day 2.
In a replay of last year’s final, Thailand scored first through Wongwiwat, but Hong Kong struck back with a try to Grace Hood. But a yellow card to livewire Sisay Sombo followed by a second yellow card early in the second half put paid to any hopes as Thailand strolled to victory in the end over a tiring Hong Kong team who played the majority of the second half with six players.
Results: Malaysia 17-5 Uzbekistan; China 32-0 Singapore; Thailand 36-0 India; China 36-0 Uzbekistan; Malaysia 0-10 India; Hong Kong 31-0 Singapore; Thailand 50-0 Uzbekistan; Hong Kong 46-0 Malaysia; China 32-0 India; Singapore 35-0 Uzbekistan; Hong Kong 39-0 India; Thailand 0-24 China; Hong Kong 55-0 Uzbekistan; China 52-0 Malaysia; Thailand 22-0 Singapore; India 10-5 Singapore; Hong Kong 0-41 China; Thailand 34-0 Malaysia; India 22-15 Uzbekistan; Singapore 26-0 Malaysia; Thailand 36-12 Hong Kong
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