The King’s College boys went one step further this year and managed to secure equal 3rd place at the prestigious GFI Hong Kong 10s tournament.
Bill Mason, Hong Kong 10’s Tournament Director, was delighted with the effort showcased by the Kingsmen.
“I was most impressed with the way the King’s players conducted themselves, both on and off the field.”
Earlier this month a tour party of 26 made their way up to Hong Kong to compete in their 3rd GFI Hong Kong 10s.
“King’s caused one of the biggest upsets of recent years, by beating ‘Samurai’, a team stacked with Fijian Sevens internationals in one of the games of the tournament.” said Bill Mason, Hong Kong 10’s Tournament Director.
The all-Fijian Samurai team was loaded with nine Fiji international sevens players including Nasoni Rokobiau (ranked among the World Rugby Sevens Series top 20 all-time try scorers), Masivesi Dakuwaqa (Olympic Gold Medallist) and Emosi Vucago (former Fiji Sevens Captain).
King’s College, the youngest team with an average age of 21 was not the biggest team by any means. However, their well structured and well thought out play made the difference in securing the win against Samurai.
Stan Harman, GFI HK 10s Referee Manager suggested that King’s were the fan favourites again this year.
“King's College is a team that plays an exciting and expansive style of rugby. As an official, I am always impressed with everyone involved, from their strong team ethos and their ability to compete with the best in the world.”
King’s unfortunately lost in the Semi-final to the eventual Cup final winners, UBB Gavekal.
Dave Jackman, King’s College Head Coach believes his team has what it takes to lift the Cup next year.
“It’s always going to be a tough ask coming up against experienced and professional teams such as Samurai (UK - Fijian Players), YCAC (Japan - New Zealand Players) and UBB (French Top 14 - International Players). Our performance this year shows that sometimes it truly is the size of the fight in the dog.”
“I am extremely proud of the boys coming together to deliver such a great result. While other teams rely on their individual stars to get them across the line, we believe in our game plan, structures and trust in each other. Next year we aim to come back bigger and better!”
King’s College intends to return next year with a performance that sees them lifting the Cup final trophy.
Game 1: King’s 17 – CCIG Tigers 14
Game 2: King’s 26 – Devils Shanghai Dragons 0
Game 3: King’s 0 – Tradition YCAC (Finalists) 17
Quarter Final: King’s 15 – Samurai 14
Semi Final: King’s 0 – UBB Gavekal (Winners) 26