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Eagle Tardits Against Korea

The Hong Sevens of 1994 witnessed the return of New Zealand to the top spot after a five-year drought. The All Blacks prevailed over Tasman Strait rivals Australia 32-20. The key game for the Kiwis was a 28-14 semi-final victory against Fiji, winners in 1990, 1991, and 1992.

The tournament was played in new Hong Kong Stadium in late March.

In their undefeated winning skein of six contests, New Zealand outscored opponents 215-71 via a tournament, point-leading performance by Bill Osborne (59 points from four tries, 18 conversions, and one penalty).

The US Eagles lost 26-21 in the Plate final, surprisingly, to Korea. The Eagles went 1-2 in the opening round pool play, losing to Western Samoa 31-10 and beating Sri Lanka 24-14. Advancing into the Plate rounds, the Eagles started out with a narrow win over Ireland 14-12, a second-round win against Japan 29-7, and ending, with the loss to Korea.

The Eagles:

Vaea Anitoni

Andre Batchlet

Maika Sika

Tomasi Takau

Chris O’Brien

John Hisamoto (Trainer)

Johh Jelaco (Manager)

Jim Burgett

Ron Randell

Tom Brewer

Richard Tardits

Chris Campberll

Steve Finkel (Coach)

The USA first competed in Hong Kong 1981. 

The all Down Under final featured Kiwi Jonah Lomu opposite Wallaby David Campese.  The All Blacks were up 24-5 at the break; a margin too far ahead for the second half Aussie come back. Osborne, deservedly, was awarded the tournament’s Best and Fairest Player.