Spain Advances to Pre-Olympic Quarterfinals, Meets Hong Kong Again

lto selection male of seven will play the rooms from the end of the Pre-Olympic which is being played in Monaco with full victories after having won its second match in Group C at Hong Kong China by 35-14. Spain has only played two games in this phase because Papua New Guinea, also integrated into this group, has not been able to participate due to not obtaining the visas to enter France.

The regulations of World Rugby, that prescribes giving these matches for undisputed, harms to the rest of the teams in your group, Spain, Hong Kong, and Brazil because it prevents them from improving their score, which has influence when it comes to quarterfinal matches. And the result has been truly curious, since it has determined that Spain will play in quarters…again against Hong Kong.

On Sunday, June 23, the quarterfinals, semifinals and finalwill take place, with the winner claiming the only place at stake in this pre-Olympic. Spain will face Hong Kong at 12:19 Spanish peninsular time. Previously, they will play against South Africa in view of Uganda and Britain in view of Tonga , and then Canada in view of Chile . The winner of Spain-Hong Kong will face the winner of Tonga-Britain in the semifinals.

The quarterfinals of the women’s pre-Olympic will be China-Paraguay, Uganda-Czech Republic , Kenya-Argentina, and Poland-Hong Kong.

The match against Hong Kong was more complicated than before, but Spain took control in the second half, scoring five tries after a kick from Pol Pla. From there, Spain took command.

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Tobías Sainz-Trápaga said, “It was a game that was a little complicated. We intended to leave with greater feelings of having dominated, but not everything always turns out the way you want. Still, we have cattle. In the quarterfinals, it begins a new tournament, already full.”

Matias Tudela, coach of Los Leones, remains confident in the players, saying they are in a good moment and are preparing well for the quarterfinals.

Spain: Josep SERRES, Juan RAMOS, Pol PLA (C), Edu LÓPEZ, Tiago ROMERO, Manu MORENO, Alejandro LAFORGA; also: Tobi SAINZ-TRÁPAGA, Nico NIETO, Enrique BOLINCHES, Jaime MANTECA, Jeremy TREVITHICK.

Hong Kong: Max WOODWARD (C), James CHRISTIE, Cado LEE, Hugo STILES, Max DENMARK, Liam HERBERT, Fong KIT FUNG; also: Michael COVERDALE, Ally NARDONI, Jack COMBES, Bryn PHILLIPS, Liam DOHERTY.

Markers: Min 2 Rehearsal and tr Hong Kong 0-7// Min 5 Rehearsal Pol PLA and tr Juan RAMOS 7-7// Min 8 Rehearsal punishment for Spain 14-7// Min 9 Rehearsal Alejandro LAFORGA tr Juan RAMOS 21-7// Min 10 Yellow card Enrique BOLINCHES// Min 11 Rehearsal and tr Hong Kong 21-14// Min 12 Rehearsal Jeremy TREVITHICK and tr Nico NIETO 28-14// Min 13 Rehearsal Tobías SAINZ-TRÁPAGA and tr Nico NIETO 35-14.

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