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25th March 2015

Top seeds navigate opening games at the GFI HKFC Tens

There were few surprises but plenty of enterprising, running rugby in the opening pool games at day one of the GFI HKFC Tens.

The favourites traversed their opening games with ease, with the BGC Asia Pacific Dragons (seeded 1), Tradition YCAC (2) and Penguins (4) racking up big scores.

Last year’s Cup winners, The Dragons ran in nine tries against the GFI East Africans, a team mainly comprised of Rwandan and Ugandan players.

The Tana Umaga-coached BGC APD looked good first up, with passes going to hand and players finding space. Regulars in the Fijian Sevens set-up Waisea Nacuqu and Emosi Mulevoro ran in two tries each, and winger Joe Vilidamu looked exceptionally fast scoring his brace.

Rocky Khan showed his class for Tradition YCAC, steering them around the park and doing the little things right, in a 61-0 win over Shandong.

Tradition eased into their work with two tries each to Sakiusa Gavidi, Kane Hancy and Joseva Ravouvou.

Ed Fidow took four tries on the wing for Penguins in their clash against the Devils Advocate Silver Dragons from Shanghai. The Auckland speedster outshone the likes of Test-capped champions Rico Gear and Todd Clever in a best-on-ground display.

Of the top four seeds, Samurai seemed the least threatening. A stalwart of the GFI HKFC Tens, Samurai’s combinations are yet to click after a big turnover of players from last year.

While these first few games are highlighted the difference between the professional and the amateur, the Taikoo Place Scottish Exiles showed all the class and upset more than a few pundits with a first up win.

The Exiles ran out 10-7 winners over the Hexagon Stockholm Exiles in a pulsating Pool C game.

Both teams played end-to-end rugby and displayed a willingness to spin the ball wide from the kick-off.

It was an outstanding display from the Hong Kong team, who looked outgunned in the first five minutes as Stockholm’s superstars Bruce Reihana, twice capped for New Zealand, linked up with big Kiwi Troy Flavell, capped 22 times for the All Blacks, for incisive midfield runs.

Scottish held, playing their way back into the game through centre Lex Kaleca, a New Zealander in the Hong Kong Premiership, and former Fijian Test player Seru Rabeni terrorising the Stockholm defence. Scottish ran out winners 10-7.

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