Day two of the Olympic Repechage in Monaco was an interesting start for the weekend. The winner of the Repechage will get the last ticket to Japan, two tickets are on the line for the women’s and one last ticket is up for grabs for the men’s.
France, Hong Kong, Ireland and Samoa remain in contention in the men’s repechage while Argentina, Hong Kong, France, Kazakhstan and Russia are undefeated in the women’s tournament.
France was the leader for both the men’s and women’s Olympic Repechage, setting the pace of the tournament with their outstanding flow of play and experience. Both the French teams will move on to the play offs on Sunday for the last three tickets to Tokyo.
Hong Kong, Ireland and Samoa will be joining France in the men’s play-offs, for the women’s side Argentina, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan and Russia will also be in contention in the play offs with a 100%% win record.
France was one step beyond the other teams in their Pool, they opened their campaign beating Jamaica with an impressive 40-0 this Saturday morning.
“We started well and that’s very important in rugby sevens,” France’s Marvin O’Connor said. “We’re really happy to be here and we’re enjoying every moment.”
France is set to take the field against the Asian sensation Hong Kong, the winner of the tournament will be topping Pool B. Hong Kong also had an impressive start beating the Jamaican team 31-5 as they try and take that last ticket to Japan.
In Pool A, Ireland was the standout team, although they suffered an early blow as their captain Billy Dardis fell to an injury. The team still managed to beat Zimbabwe with a 31-10 win sealing their points for the play off games.
Samoa top the Pool overnight, though, they are also expected to be a though competition for the Irish side on Sunday.
The full of youth Manu Samoa Sevens squad opened their campaign with a 65-5 win over Mexico before demolishing Tonga in day two.
For the Women’s side Russia had an amazing day in the sunny Monaco scenery, winning their two pool matches by an aggregate score of 87-0. Samoa and Mexico put on a great fight against the other favorites of the tournament, but ultimately fell short to the more experienced Russians.
Kazakhstan is set to top their Pool in the women’s side if they beat Papua New Guinea on Sunday. The team had to wait for hours for their first match as Jamaica had to back out of the tournament after missing their connecting flight in New York. Kazakhstan beat Tunisia in their first match.
Séraphine Okembe of France gave the crowed a full show as she scored four tries for her side against Colombia, the French women’s win has ensured the Les Bleues will top the Pool C.
France is set to Play the Hong Kong women next who also boasts a 100% record on their opening day.
Hong Kong began their Pool C campaign with a 31-10 win over Colombia — which featured a Chong Ka Yan hat-trick — but they found things tougher against Madagascar, recovering from 12-0 down to win 19-12.