Biarritz Gavekal secure third straight GFI HKFC 10s
Biarritz Gavekal overcame the day 1 loss to Projecx Waterboys to storm through to a 3rd successive Cup final win at the GFI HKFC 10s 2019.
For a wrap of Day 1 of the HKFC GFI 10s read more here.
- Biarritz Gavekal 19-7 Samurai International
The top seeds, Biarritz Gavekal, defeated Samurai International, unfortunate runners-up for the fourth time at the tens tournament, 19-7 in the Cup final at Hong Kong Football Club on Thursday 4th April.
Biarritz Gavekal overcame Tradition YCAC 12-5 in a close quarter-final before taking apart debutants Mourant Fiji Army 43-0 in the semifinal. They had to fight back from being 7-0 down to Samurai before turning the game aroun to clinch the Cup again.
Hong Kong-based Karetai Williams, named Best and Fairest player of the tournament said:
“I think this year was probably the hardest. The standard of footy in the 10s is going up every year, so we’ve got to keep bringing more and more secrets out of the bag.”
- YCAC 28-5 Classic Wallabies
YCAC who were seeded 2nd at the start of the tournament won the Plate with a 28-5 victory over the Classic Wallabies.
“We’re pretty happy. Obviously, we’d have liked to have been in the Cup final, fighting for the Cup, but we’re happy to win a bit of silverware,” said captain Warwick Lahmert, who has played for both New Zealand and England Sevens.
- Tiger Rugby 12-7 French Kir Club Pyrenees
Tiger Rugby won the third-tier Bowl in only their 2nd year at the 10s tournament, beating the French Kir Club Pyrenees 12-7.
Tiger’s squad included several USA 15s and sevens internationals, plus star players Oscar Ouma (Kenya), Greg Foe (Samoa) and Kitione Taliga (Fiji).
“It’s an awesome feeling. Every time we come here it’s such an amazing atmosphere. The boys really came together on day two. We put the structures together on day one, then came out here today and tried to execute as best we could, while minimising errors.” said Australia-born captain Harry Higgins, who has played for USA 15s.
- Taikoo Place Scottish Exiles 12-10 Natixis HKFC
Taikoo Place Scottish Exiles won the Shield with a 12-10 win over hosts Natixis HKFC.
A Rugby Legends Tackle Cancer game was also a feature event on the final day of the HKFC GFI 10s with funds raised donated to the Hong Kong Cancer Fund.