GERMANY WIN FIRST SERIES OF WORLD RUGBY SEVENS CHALLENGER IN CHILE
Germany have won the first men’s tournament of the inaugural HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series in Viña del Mar, Chile, after beating Hong Kong 10-0 in a hard-fought final at the Estadio Sausalito.
In a match where points were at a premium, Bastian Himmer‘s try was the only difference between the sides at half-time. If there was any tiredness it didn’t show as the tackles and the commitment of each player continued after the break. Despite Hong Kong’s best efforts, though, they could not find a way over the line and instead it was Germany who scored what proved to be the final points of the match, Tim Lichtenberg bursting through the narrowest of gaps to double their lead with five minutes left to play.
Hong Kong tried everything they could to find a response but Germany controlled possession well and were able to see the match through and secure victory. As winners in Chile, Germany lead the standings with 22 points, followed by Hong Kong in second on 19 points with Japan another two points further back in third. The 16 competing teams will now move on to Montevideo, Uruguay, where they will play at the Estadio Charrúa on 22-23 February in the second round of the men’s series.