New Zealand marks Christchurch attack at Hong Kong Sevens

Arnold Nichols
April 9, 2019

Global team mates Lisa Thomson (Hawick), Chloe Rollie (Jedburgh) and Mhairi Grieve (Selkirk) are taking part in the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong, where the Scots won two of their first three matches.

Having been relegated from the series last season they will be hoping for an automatic return to the series and will face hosts Hong Kong on day two in the quarter finals.

In Pool A, South Africa beat Japan 22-7 and Samoa defeated Scotland 17-7, .

Rodrigo Freudenthal and Rodrigo Marta had tries for the invitational Portuguese side. The United States, which leads the overall standings, is first in the group after beating Spain 36-7.

Watch Canada take on Portugal at the World Rugby Sevens Series in Hong Kong.

The Eagles have enjoyed a stratospheric rise in this year's competition with victory in Las Vegas and four other finals appearances in the six rounds played so far.

The men's qualifier will commence at 10:00 local time (GMT+8) on Friday 5 April when Germany take on Uganda at the Hong Kong Stadium.

"It's an wonderful feeling", said Brazil vice-captain Isadora Cerullo. "We've just got to have a hard look at ourselves. today is not the sort of day we want".

"Here we are sitting in first place". "We're confident. There's a lot of good teams here, especially a lot of the top ones that are coming for us". "Obviously an Olympic year is huge for everybody".

Ireland captain Billy Dardis reflected on the disappointment of missing out on series qualification last year: "I think last year we overestimated ourselves and so this year we are fully focused on the task and are not going to underestimate anyone".

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