Skipper Mark Coebergh scores but Hong Kong fall 26-7 to Fiji at World Rugby U20 Trophy

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Hong Kong endured a tough start at the World Rugby U20 Trophy in Uruguay this morning, with Andy Hall’s side losing 26-7 to Fiji in their opening match.

An even first-half saw Hong Kong trailing 7-0 at the break and things looked bright early in the second period, with scrum half Mark Coebergh finding the try line.

Full back Matt Worley added the extras to lock things up at 7-7 after 49 minutes and the game looked to be anyone’s.

However, Fiji regained the lead soon after and added to their lead with tries on 71 and 76 minutes.

"We're hoping to play some smart rugby here" - @HongKongRugby U20 captain Mark Coebergh is looking forward to the #WorldRugbyU20s Trophy pic.twitter.com/0B1TdahTo9

— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) August 28, 2017

Hong Kong will have a chance to bounce back on Saturday when they face Portugal, who edged the hosts 20-18 in the other pool B match in Montevideo.

Pool A matches saw Japan prevail 28-22 over Chile and Namibia knock off Canada 31-16.

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