Spain come out strong
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