Hong Kong's men's rugby sevens team made a solid start in their first taste of the inaugural World Rugby Sevens Challengers Series. The SAR reached the final of the opening event in Chile where they were beaten 10-0 by Germany
The Germans proved to be the stronger side in the final as they kept Hong Kong off the scoresheet while getting tries from Bastian Himmer and Tim Lichtenberg. Japan beat the hosts Chile 31-14 to finish third.
Hong Kong had beaten Colombia, Papua New Guinea, and Jamaica in succession to finish the group stage with three wins from three games.
Paul John's men went on to beat Uganda 10-7 in the quarterfinals before scoring a 17-14 semifinal win over Chile.
The Challengers Series men's tour features 16 teams competing for promotion to the top-tier World Series. The first event in Chile is followed by a second event in Uruguay next weekend. A final playoff featuring eight teams is set to take place at the Hong Kong Sevens in October.