Spain come out strong

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Harare: Tour­na­ment debu­tants Spain made an im­pres­sive start to life at this level by despatch­ing Hong Kong 44-8. Us­ing their driv­ing maul to good ef­fect, Spain were on the front foot for the ma­jor­ity of the con­test and outscored Hong Kong six tries to one.Early tries from wingers Jordi Jorba Jorge and Sa­mual Parry saw Spain race into a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quar­ter. De­ter­mined de­fence, led by tough­tack­ling full-back Liam Owens, kept the Span­ish at bay for the next 15 min­utes un­til cap­tain and tight­head Jon Za­bala barged his way over from close range.It took just three min­utes of the sec­ond half for Spain to add to their tally, a neat pass­ing move in­volv­ing im­pres­sive cen­tre An­drea Raba­gao and full­back Guillermo Dominguez re­sult­ing in Parry dot­ting down for his sec­ond of the game. With a string of re­place­ments be­ing made by both sides play be­came frac­tured, and there was no fur­ther scor­ing un­til Raba­gao strode through a large gap in mid­field to make it 34-0 with just over 20 min­utes to go. Raba­gao then kicked a penalty, af­ter Hugo Stiles had been pe­nalised for il­le­gally play­ing the ball at the break­down, to in­crease the ad­van­tage by two, be­fore Hong Kong fi­nally got on the board through cap­tain Matthew Wor­ley.

There was still time for Spain to add a sixth try, re­place­ment Jose Lerin sup­ply­ing the fin­ish. World Rugby

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