HK Sevens: Reaction

(IRB.COM) Saturday 23 March 2013
 HK Sevens: Reaction
Zimbabwe won their opening match against Mexico at the 2013 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens

Warren Gatland, British and Irish Lions coach: "I have come over to promote the first game of the Lions against the Barbarians. But my first time in Hong Kong for the Sevens and just blown away by the atmosphere and the quality of the Sevens rugby."

Mike Friday, Kenya coach, Cup quarter finalists:
"Harsh reality of Sevens, this time it has gone our way, and just happy to be in the Cup quarters tomorrow. It is where we want to be, we talk about consistency, but that is kind of the holy grail. If you can get consistent Cup quarters you are doing something right. Hopefully we can get back on track, but this Series is ridiculous in terms of competitiveness."

Ben Ryan, England coach, after a disappointing pool campaign:
"We showed some good energy and some fight and we need to show that tomorrow. We are where we are and we need to get on with it, but we are not hiding the fact that we are massively disappointed."

Mic O'Connor, Australia coach, Cup quarter finalists: "Every game for us has been just like a final. Tough game last night and earlier against South Africa, and that was a real arm wrestle, tough pool."

Scotland coach Stephen Gemmell on the win over England:
"It (possession) was our problem against Portugal last night, and England had the same problem against Samoa. It was down to who could keep possession and we managed to do that."

Gordon Tietjens, New Zealand coach on victory over France:
"France played pretty well, they came out firing just after half time and scored a couple of good tries. Every one lifts their game here, and they were very tough to beat. We look at DJ Forbes, Lote Raikabula and Tim Mikkelson, and we will need that experience here.

Mike Friday, Kenya coach on bouncing back from USA Sevens: "It is not about rebuilding confidence after USA Sevens, we have it, but sometimes it isn't there. You say that was the easy one in our pool, but we have a very physical group and so it is good to go into day two with a win."

Dai Rees, Hong Kong coach, after defeat to Fiji: "Fiji did it, we made seven mistakes, they scored seven tries. We were overawed, and we have to grow up now overnight. We lick our wounds and we will be a different team tomorrow."


Chris Neil, Brazil coach:
"At half time I told them to hold the ball, to be patient. We thought Georgia would slow down a bit and if we maintained pressure and took it wider we could take it in the second half."

Bruce Hobson, Zimbabwe team manager: "We have been working hard since early January. We have high expectations, we raised the level in Harare a few weeks ago and we must be pleased with that win."

Tyronie Howe, Jamaica captain, after Hong Kong debut:
"We had a slow start as usual.  We have speed and agility which we didn't use in the first half. Hopefully we can start right on top tomorrow. Second half, we started better, we tend to crack under pressure, which is what happened in the first half."

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Hong Kong Sevens

Round 6
27-29 March 2015
Venue: Hong Kong Stadium
City: Hong Kong
Capacity: 40,000

Pool A
Pool B
Pool C
Pool D
  • DJ Forbes, NZ
  • Tom Mitchell of England
  • NZ win HK Sevens