Samurai Sparks Kenyan Interest In Hong Kong 10’s

Mar 24, 2011

Kenya is playing in the International Rugby Board HSBC Sevens-a-side tournament which kicks off on Friday at the Hong Kong Stadium. But there is a keen interest in the parallel 10-a-side tournament where an invitational side, Samurai are the top seeds.

Brothers, Humphrey Kayange and Collins Injera – who are in Hong Kong – have played for the invitational side and are interested in the results of Samurai who are through to the quarter finals. There could have been another reason for Kenya to follow the parallel tournament if the women’s side made it to Hong Kong.

Top seeds Samurai, the always dangerous HSBC Penguins and the all-star BGC Asia Pacific Barbarians headline a strong GFI HKFC Tens Cup quarter-final line up following an enthralling first day at Hong Kong Football Club.

Samurai, who lost last year’s final 10-0 to the Aliens, posted ruthless wins over Newedge Dragons and Pakuranga Pythons to top Pool A to set up a last eight meeting with local side Tradition Valley. The recently crowned 2010/11 HKRFU G4S Domestic League Grand Champions lead the Hong Kong hopes after overpowering Devils Advocate Wanchai Warriors 83-0 and the Irish Vikings 24-7.

Despite a below-par 21-7 win over the HKRFU Chairman’s X in the final game in Pool H, the Frank Hadden coached HSBC Penguins will face the Wild Titans, who provided the biggest upset of the first day with a 8-7 win over seventh seeded French raiders KIR Club Pyrenees to top Pool G after also beating Hong Kong Football Club representatives, Newedge Club.
“The most important thing is to get through to the quarter-finals and we have achieved that. We weren’t entirely happy with the way that we performed in the last game, but it has been a long day and to be last on is a bit of a challenge mentally,” said former Scotland coach Hadden of his two-time runners-up.

The BGC Asia Pacific Barbarians survived a nervy final game in Pool F to see off the spirited challenge of the Glen Ella coached Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team 17-7 to set up a quarter-final with New Zealand Legends.  The Barbarians will need to keep a careful eye on Willie McGoon, who topped the scoring charts with five tries in two games as the New Zealand Legends beat China Agricultural University 63-0 and Scatterlings 48-0 for the only unblemished record of the first day.

Niue Wanderers made an impressive tournament debut with power and pace the key to a 19-5 win over the Champion Systems Overseas Old Boys and a hard-fought 21-14 victory over the Australian Country Invitational to top Pool C. They complete the quarter-final line-up against Malaysia’s Borneo Eagles, who won the Plate last year.

Pool A: Pakuranga Pythons 31 Newedge Dragons 5, Newedge Dragons 0 Samurai 59,  Samurai 43 Pakuranga Pythons 5.
Pool B: Irish Vikings 33 Devils Advocate Wanchai Wanderers 5, 33 Devils Advocate Wanchai Wanderers 0 Tradition Valley 83, Tradition Valley 24 Irish Vikings 7.
Pool C: Australian Country Invitational 40 Champions Systems Overseas Old Boys 0, Champions Systems Overseas Old Boys 5 Niue Wanderers 19, Niue Wanderers 21 Australian Country Invitational 14.
Pool D: Hills & Associates HK Barbarians 61 PLA Securitas 0, PLA Securitas 0 Borneo Eagles 66, Borneo Eagles 17 Hills & Associates HK Barbarians 12.
Pool E: Scatterlings 38 China Agricultural University 7, China Agricultural University 0 New Zealand Legends 63, New Zealand Legends 48 Scatterlings 0.
Pool F: Lloyd McDermott Fdn 46 Pakuranga Orange 5, Pakuranga Orange 0 BGC Asia Pacific Barbarians 83,  BGC Asia Pacific Barbarians 17 Lloyd McDermott Fdn 7.
Pool G: Wild Titans 59 Newedge Club 0, Newedge Club 7 KIR Club Pyrenees 29,  KIR Club Pyrenees 7 Wild Titans 8.
Pool H: Chairman’s X 52 Playmore Devils Advocate 0, Playmore Devils Advocate 0 HSBC Penguins 83, HSBC Penguins 21 HK Chairman’s X 7.

 Sean Moore, Elite Step Asia Limited