May 26, Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong. Hong Kong destroyed Kazakhstan 55-0. It was a combination of strength, speed - and mainly tactics that lead to this one-sided victory.
Hong Kong dominated early in the game, scoring a try less than 3 minutes into the match. Kazakhstan was missing too many tackles and their defense wasn’t organized at all. But in the end, the more physical, much stronger Hong Kong boys in red broke through the lines and carried home a victory.
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Heavy rain just an hour before the match made conditions on the dirt pitch in Mong Kok muddy, slippery - and, not to mention the humidity making it hard to breathe during the match.
In the end, Asian Nations Top 5 ends with 1st: Japan, 2nd: Korea and 3rd: Hong Kong. It was a convincing finish for Hong Kong to show that we belong in the top 5.
On a side note, this was the first international match played in Mong Kok stadium for over a decade. Near-perfect conditions, full house of 3,500 fans and a match of great rugby - what could be better for a Saturday afternoon?
As if maneuvering out of one international affair just one day ago (re: Chinese activist Chen leaving to the US), China finds itself in the middle of more drama - this time with North Korea.
According to the Washington Post, on May 8, 29 Chinese fishermen and their boats were seized in Chinese waters by unidentified North Koreans. There’s no reason to believe that they were sent by Pyongyang.
Just about a few hours ago today Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese activist boarded a flight to outside New York - hopefully putting an end to political drama that was at the front of the world stage for about a month.
The other development here is South Korea’s comeback into Asian rugby; their win last week over Hong Kong was surprising, to put it lightly, but all the more completely deserved. Korea’s win over Kazakhstan (87-17) let them claim second place in Asia.
Well done — looking forward to the finals soon!