HONG KONG—With the Seven’s stars still away at the Asian Games, Leighton Asia and Societe Generale Valley showed strength in depth by winning their Hong Kong Rugby Union Premiership matches on Saturday Oct 4.
In the match at the Aberdeen Sports Ground Leighton Asia HKCC ran out winners over Natixis HKFC 40-28. The match stood at 16-3 to HKCC at the interval and the home team extended their lead further to 30-6 before HKFC hit back with 2-tries to reduce the deficit to 30-18. HKFC closed the gap further with a solo try dash by the Hong Kong U20’s winger Matthew Worley. The try conversion and a penalty by Niall Rowark closed the gap to 33-28 and at one stage looked like they might win the match, but HKCC scored a late try by Andrew Dailly converted by Jason Kjestrup to secure the win for HKCC at 40-28. The final conversion pushed Kjestup’s tally for the day to 20 points.
Valley vs Kowloon
In the the 4pm match at Valley-8, Valley moved to a 15-3 half time lead against visitors Abacus Kowloon with tries by Kevin Curtis and Andrew Campbell, and a penalty and conversion by Reece Hamon. In the early stages of the match Valley’s speed of foot was giving Kowloon trouble but sin bin offences by Lee Griffiths after 10 minutes and Harrison Tovey close to the end of the first half did not help their cause.
Valley extended their lead to 18-3 through another Hamon penalty kick. But tries in quick succession for Kowloon by Tommy Ho Kwok and Angus Dixon and conversions of the first try by Jack Neville brought Kowloon close to a match winning 18-15 position. But two further penalty kicks by Hamon late in the game gave Valley a 24-15 victory.
HK Scottish vs Tigers
In the 6pm kick off match at King’s Park Bloomberg HK Scottish put in a good performance to beat Borrelli Walsh Tigers 35-3. This is the second win for HK Scottish after beating Natixis HKFC last week in the opening match of the season. Four tries and added points of 3-conversions and 3-penalties from the boot of David Bird sealed the match in their favour.
This puts HK Scottish and HKCC on 9-points, Valley and Kowloon on 5-points, HKFC have just 1-bonus point and Borrelli Walsh are yet to score.