Silverbacks plummet in Hong Kong 10s

THE NATIONAL rugby side, Silverbacks made the worst possible debut at the GFI HKFC 10s as they lost all the Pool A matches on Wednesday at Hong Kong Football Club.
Silverbacks before the start of the first game against the defending champions BGC APB All Stars. Net photo.
Silverbacks before the start of the first game against the defending champions BGC APB All Stars. Net photo.

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All Stars 55-0 Rwanda
Rwanda 12-31 Borelli Walsh
Rwanda 0-41 Lloyd McDermott Warriors

THE NATIONAL rugby side, Silverbacks made the worst possible debut at the GFI HKFC 10s as they lost all the Pool A matches on Wednesday at Hong Kong Football Club.

The debutants lost heavily 55-0 to the defending champions BGC APB All Stars, who are coached by Tana Umaga and packed with experienced internationals including three former All Blacks.

In the second match, they raised the roof at Hong Kong Football Club when scrum half Moise Habumugisha and centre Alan Otim scored the team’s first tries against Borrelli Walsh Australian Country before going on to lose 31-12.

Rwanda scored their first points through Habumugisha’s first-half try, which was greeted by huge cheers from the crowd. Late in the second half, the hard-working Otim outpaced the Aussie team’s defense to touch down and crown a courageous performance against last year’s Bowl winners.

“When I saw the line, I saw one guy coming up to catch me, but I said, it doesn’t matter, I just have to go. If I’m caught, someone is supporting me

“It was very good to play in front of a big crowd supporting us. They’ve never seen us play before, but now they’re shouting ‘Let’s go, Rwanda’, so we want to give them something back,” Otim was quoted in the Hong Kong press.

Rwanda was expected to compete in the quarter-finals of the bottom half of the draw on Thursday.

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