Hong Kong takes the honours in the inaugural Emirates Airline Cup of Nations rugby tournament

Emirates Airline Cup of Nations winners - image credit Munir AlJabri Emirates Airline Cup of Nations winners - image credit Munir AlJabri

 

The inaugural Emirates Airline Cup of Nations XV’s rugby tournament has drawn to a close at 7he Sevens with Hong Kong taking the honours and the trophy.

 

Hong Kong was kept within a reasonable margin by a strong Brazil in the first half that saw Hong Kong lead 10 to 3 at the break. It was not long after taking the field again that the well-conditioned Hong Kong unit burst into action, running in an unanswered 5 tries and 1 conversion to take the game, and the glory, 37 points to 3.

 

In the days earlier match Kenya overpowered the UAE running in 5 tries and 2 conversions to stride into half time 29 points to nil. The determination of the hosts shone through early in the second half, posting their first score through an Ali Thompson try, and a successful conversion from John Fawls. Kenya however retained the upper hand adding 3 more tries and 2 conversions to their tally before UAE Captain Dan Heal boosted the host’s score with one more try, unfortunately the conversion was well off the mark. The Kenyans answered quickly and succeeded in adding one more try and a conversion to post a full time score of 55 to 12.

 

“This has been a magnificent experience and we must thank Emirates (Airline) for their commitment to both domestic and international rugby”.  said Wayne Marsters, UAE’s interim coach. “The scoreboard may be interpreted differently however we have taken quite a lot away from this tournament”. In closing he added, “we always said this was a developmental tournament (for us) and we now have a number of realistic goals and strategies that we can put in place early in the new year in ou