Boks smash China

The Springbok Sevens team kicked off their Hong Kong campaign with a 43-7 thrashing of China in Pool C.

Ryan Kankowski (who is featured in the new issue of SA Rugby magazine) put in a big match as the Boks scored seven tries to one.

Bok coach Paul Treu said he was surprised that his side weren’t regarded as one of the favourities to win at Hong Kong.

“The favourites are England, New Zealand and Fiji,” he said. “We’re third in the table and we’re not even given a chance to win here, and that’s something we’d like to change. I’ve said to the players that if they want respect it’s something they’ll have to earn and they’ve got to go out and do well.

“And if you can’t get up for it in Hong Kong, with the crowd, the three days, the atmosphere you won’t do it anywhere.”

For Fiji, Ryder and Daunivucu showed early irresistible form in their 52-7 win, while David Strettle scored four in England’s 52-0 win over home side Hong Kong. The biggest cheer of the day, though, went to Jacquot Harinirina, who might have thought he had scored the winner, not the consolation, against the imperious Fijians.

The major contenders for Cup honours all passed relatively untroubled through their opening hurdle of this 31st Hong Kong anniversary.

Cory Jane’s influence on New Zealand grows as he grabbed a brace and made two more in their 52-0 win over Singapore, while Francisco Bosch helped power Argentina to an opening 33-7 win over Chinese Taipei.

For Fiji, Ryder and Daunivucu showed early irresistible form in their 52-7 win, while David Strettle scored four in England’s 52-0 win over home side Hong Kong. The biggest cheer of the day, though, went to Jacquot Harinirina, who might have thought he had scored the winner, not the consolation, against the Fijians.

Day 1 results:

Fiji 52 Madagascar 7
England 52 Hong Kong 0
South Africa 43 China 7
New Zealand 52 Singapore 0
France 31 Sri Lanka 5
Argentina 33 Chinese Taipei 7
Kenya 26 Russia 10
Canada 17 USA 12
Wales 17 Portugal 14
Scotland 33 Japan 7
Australia 38 Korea 7
Samoa 47 Italy 0