Sinaida Aura’s hat trick spurred the Lionesses to a 24-21 win over hosts Hong Kong in Pool B action at the HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series qualifiers in Hong Kong on Thursday morning.
The Lionesses found themselves in a spot of bother, unable to cope with Hong Kong’s early pressure and conceded two converted tries.
To be fair to the Lionesses, they hardly saw any possession and it took Aura’s burst of speed from inside the 22 to leave her defenders for dead and land an unconverted try to cut the deficit to 5-14 at the break.
With the Lionesses seeing more possession after the restart, Aura would land her brace, Janet Owino with the conversion for a 12-14 score but Hong Kong soon capitalised on lax defending to add a third converted try, hosts the score reading 12-21.
Celestine Masinde would craft a try scoring opportunity out of nothing, parting host’s defense wide open, stretching her marker wide before scoring under the posts, O wino sure with the twos.
Aura would win it for the Lionesses, scoring at the corner to secure the result.
Up next is a clash against Belgium at 8.50am