HKCC and Valley Keep up the Pressure in Hong Kong Rugby

Rugby Union—Hong Kong Premiership
By Bill Cox, Epoch Times
December 5, 2013 Updated: December 5, 2013    

Powerful wins on Saturday Nov 30 by leaders Leighton Asia HKCC and WhichWay Valley against bottom of the table opponents keeps the pressure on at the top of the standings of the HK Rugby Football Union Premiership.

HKCC beat Borrelli Walsh Tigers at Aberdeen Sports Ground 45-17, while Valley overcame HK Scottish at Shek Kip Mei 36-23 to take the Broony Quaich Trophy – which will again be contested for in Valley’s coming match this Saturday against Abacus Kowloon.

Valley opened up a 14 point lead in the first 10 minutes of their game against HK Scottish through tries by Max Woodward and Salmon Yiu, but Scottish hit back with tries by John Aikman and Adrian Griffiths to level the score 14-14 at half time.

Valley pushed forward again in the second half with tries by Tony Wong, Ryan Meacham and a second for Yiu. Danny Kroll kicked three penalties for Scottish to chip back the difference, but with a final penalty by Valley’s goal kicker Ben Rimene, Valley were out of sight.

Meanwhile, a masterful display by HKCC running in seven tries against the Tigers saw them at 33-0 at half time. Tigers got to grips with the game at half time and ran in 17 points in the second half, but HKCC also added another 12 points to make the final result 45-17.

Newedge Club had a welcome (27-17) win away at King’s Park to Abacus Kowloon to keep their Championship hopes alive.

Standings

Valley and HKCC are still powering away on 29 points and 27 points respectively, with Club hanging in at 23 points in third. Kowloon have dropped to fourth on 19 points, with HK Scottish on 17 and Borrelli Walsh still on 1-point.

Next Matches

Two big matches are in the schedule for this coming weekend—the last before the Christmas break—WhichWay Valley against Abacus Kowloon at Valley 8 (16:30); and Leighton Asia HKCC against Newedge Club at Aberdeen Sports Ground (18:00). Meanwhile, Borrelli Walsh Tigers and HK Scottish play at King’s Park.

Broony Quaich Trophy

For the non-Scottish readers, “Broony” is a Scottish gesture of spreading ones arms in dominance (as started by goal scorer Scott Brown in a Celtic to Rangers football match in 2011) and a “Quaich” is a traditional Highland cup, used by chiefs to both welcome and bid farewell to their guest. The Broony Quaich trophy is only contested at the holder’s home matches or on Super Saturdays.

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