Convincing wins for Abacus Kowloon, Verson HK Scottish and ONEwork’s Valley in the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union Premiership League on Saturday Jan 12 keep title hopes alive for three of the top five teams.
With Leighton Asia HKCC (Hong Kong Cricket Club) sitting on the sidelines this week, Kowloon moved up into second spot still with a game in hand and only 4-points behind ladder leaders Newedge Club.
Abacus Kowloon playing Newedge Club at King’s Park put up a dominating performance to win the match in style. In their first match of the New Year and still reflecting on the loss of David Tait, they stamped their determination on the match by scoring twice under the posts in the first 15 minutes. They added a penalty to total 17 points before Club got off the mark with a sideline try making the score 17-5 at half-time.
Club started better in the second half scoring a converted try to make the score 17-12 but Kowloon pushed ahead again with a penalty and another converted try to make the score 27-12. Club converted again to make it 27-19 and at that stage it looked like they might come back, but each time Club notched up some points, Kowloon responded.
All sides of the Kowloon game were working well; good line-out, strong forward play and good ball handling allowing them to finish this important match well deserved winners at 41-26. This was exactly what they needed to get themselves back in the title race.
In the other two matches, ONEwork’s Valley beat Borrelli Walsh Tigers 46-12 at So Kon Po Recreation Ground; and Verizon HK Scottish dominated SCAA Standard Life CWB (Causeway Bay) Rams 59:14 in their match at Shek Kip Mei.
Newedge Club still lead on 33-points, Abacus Kowloon are second on 29, Leighton Asia HKCC are in third on 28 and Verizon HK Scottish are on 24 points. Kowloon still have a game in hand over the other clubs.
Leighton Asia HKCC meet Borrelli Walsh Tigers Aberdeen Sports Ground; Newedge Club play SCAA Standard Life CWB Rams at HKFC and Verson HK Scottish play Abacus Kowloon at Shek Kip Mei. All matches are on Jan 19.
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