Classic Wallabies to play for plate at Hong Kong Tens

Mens - Hong Kong
by RUGBY.com.au staff

Welcome to RUGBY.com.au's LIVE coverage of the Classic Wallabies' Hong Kong Tens campaign.

The Classics will play three matches today, kicking off at 12pm AEST.

Stay tuned to this page to watch each match, with LIVE updates to follow just after full time.


9:15pm - UBB 29 Classic Wallabies 5

The Classic Wallabies will be vying for silverware in the Plate section of the Hong Kong Tens, after a star-studded UBB side knocked them out of the Cup competition with a 29-5 victory.

It was the Classics who shot out of the blocks first, with a Tyrone Smith break ending with Sam Harris touching down in the corner in one of the best tries of the tournament thus far.

UBB hit straight back, going from within their own half with to score under the posts and then extending their lead from a scrum move just before the hooter to lead 14-5.

Stoic defence from David McDuling and Patrick Phibbs kept the Classics alive early in the second half, however Matt Hodgson and Sam Harris both saw yellow as the defending champions capitalised on their numerical advantage to score three late tries.

4:30pm - Classic Wallabies 43 East Africans 7

The Classic Wallabies put the disappointment of their first pool game behind them to storm back into contention at the Hong Kong Tens with a 43-7 victory over East Africans.

The Rwandan-based multi-nationality team, who came agonisingly close to knocking off defending champions UBB in their first pool game, had no answer to a Classics team whose experience came to the fore under the glare of the Hong Kong sun.

Francis Fainifo barged over for the first try just ninety seconds into the game following a David McDuling break, before Henry Hutchison again teamed up with Wendell Sailor to scoot in for his second of the tournament.


Luke Burgess turned back the years to produce a stunning try-saving chase down in the corner just before the break, however Kenyan Joshua Chisanga pulled one back to make the score 12-7 at half time.

Classic Wallabies coach Morgan Turinui encouraged his players to take the lead in the huddle, and it was one of the most vocal in Sam Harris whose bone-rattling defence and silky touches were the catalyst for a four-try second half effort.

Arthur Little showed his nous to notch a double, while Hutchison added his third of the tournament alongside a penalty try which was awarded when Tyrone Smith was taken out as he looked to gather his own kick for a certain try under the posts.

A blockbuster clash against UBB at 8:40pm AEST will decide whether the Classic Wallabies qualify for the Cup Quarter Final at Hong Kong Football Club on day two.

1:10pm - Classics better for the run

See what Luke Burgess had to say after the Classics fell in their tournament opener.


12:30pm - Overseas Old Boys 14 Classic Wallabies 7

The Classic Wallabies have been pipped at the death by the A-Trade Overseas Old Boys in their opening game at the Hong Kong Tens, going down 14-7 through a try in the final minute.

In a tight and physical clash, the teams headed into the break at 0-0 before OOB flanker Daymon Leasuasu opened the scoring under the posts in the 13th minute.Henry Hutchison scored the solitary Classics try in their opener. Photo: Rugby AU MediaA midfield break by Wendell Sailor set up Henry Hutchison for the Classics’ first try of the day, converted by David Horwitz, but Fijian flier Epeli Lotawa snatched it for the Hong Kong-based side late on.

Matt Hodgson’s tenacity at the breakdown was a real highlight, getting over the ball to win back possession on multiple occasions, but the Classics were starved of possession by their patient opponents and unable to take advantage of their few opportunities in the sticky and humid conditions.

11:30am - Sailor takes us behind the scenes

Ahead of their first match, star Classics winger Wendell Sailor took us behind the scenes in true Big Dell style.


11:20am - Fixtures, squad details

Here's when the Classics will take to the field today. Stay tuned to this page for the LIVE streams as they come to hand.

DRAW

Classic Wallabies day one, Wednesday April 4, Hong Kong.

12pm AEST (10am local) Classic Wallabies vs A-Trade Overseas Old Boys

3:40pm AEST (1:50pm local) Classic Wallabies vs Hunter + Boo East Africans

8:40pm AEST (6:40pm local) UBB Gavekal vs Classic Wallabies

FINALS

TBC

TEAM

Classic Wallabies team for the Hong Kong Tens

Luke Burgess (34) 84 Super Rugby Caps, 37 Wallaby Caps

Fred Dorrough (22) years old, Uncapped - Wildcard

Adam Freier (38) 104 Super Rugby Caps, 25 Wallaby Caps

Alex Gibbon (25) 2 Super Rugby Caps, Australian Sevens

Sam Harris (38) 26 Super Rugby Caps

Matt Hodgson (36) 140 Super Rugby Caps, 11 Wallaby Caps, Aus Sevens

Stephen Hoiles (36) 116 Super Rugby Caps, 16 Wallaby Caps, Aus Sevens

David Horwitz (23) 27 Super Rugby Caps

Henry Hutchison (21) Australian Sevens

Peter Kimlin (32) 77 Super Rugby Caps, 2 Wallaby Caps

Arthur Little (36) Australian Sevens

David McDuling (28) 28 Super Rugby Caps

Patrick Phibbs (36) 73 Super Rugby Caps, Australian Sevens

Wendell Sailor (43) 55 Super Rugby Caps, 37 Wallaby Caps, Australian Sevens

Tyrone Smith (34) 47 Super Rugby Caps

Coaches: Justin Harrison, Morgan Turinui

Manager: Bill Young