HKCC Extend Lead with Narrow Win Over Valley
Hong Kong—Premiership leaders Leighton Asia HKCC won a narrow victory over Societe General Valley in a tight points battle at Aberdeen Sports Ground last Saturday Nov. 29. This was HKCC’s second close win over Valley this season having beaten them 12-9 in the opening Super Saturday at King’s Park. But it was a very close encounter as Valley had chances to take the lead, but their normally sure-footed kicker Reece Hamon had an off-day and missed opportunities to score.
HKCC meet their main rivals, Bloomberg HK Scottish at Shek Kip Mei this coming Saturday and then have a mid table finisher at home against Abacus Kowloon at Aberdeen Sports ground on Dec. 13.
Valley are now 7-points off the pace with 2-matches to go to the mid season break play Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers at King’s Park this Saturday, but have a tough match against HK Scottish on Dec. 13.
Bloomberg HK Scottish who were leading 13-7 at half time were set back on their heels when tries by Gavin Hadley and James Richards early in the second half put HKFC ahead. Club extended their lead to 27-16 before Scottish hit back to tie the match at 30-30.
In the match at King’s Park, Abacus Kowloon overcame Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers in another close encounter 17-15.
Although currently sitting in 5th place in the standings Natixis HKFC have a good chance of finishing the first half of the season in 4th place ahead of Abacus Kowloon. With HKFC’s improved form over the last couple of weeks they entertain Kowloon at Sports Road this coming Saturday (Dec. 6) in what could be a tough battle. HKFC then play bottom of the table Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers at King’s Park on Dec. 13 while Kowloon will have to face HKCC. Admittedly the Tigers did secure at point by limiting their defeat by Kowloon last weekend to less than 7-points, but one would expect HKFC to prevail in this encounter.