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Your News Altus Kowloon down DEA

Altus Kowloon registered a comfortable win on Saturday, trumping DEA at 39-19 Kings Park.

Elsewhere, Tradition Valley failed to register a bonus point win against Club Dragons, allowing Altus Kowloon to go second on points difference, leaving them 6 behind Newedge Club, but with a game in hand.

In Shakespeare s Julius Caesar Brutus said: There is a tide in the affairs of men. 
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. He continued: And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.

In all team sports the game will ebb and flow, and a good team knows when to ride the momentum, and use the ebb to regroup, knowing that, as night follows day, the tide will turn again.

Altus Kowloon started this game strongly easing to a 17 nil lead after 15 minutes. Thereafter, and for most of the remainder of the half, DEA were ascendant, and if there is a song to be played at Kowloons next training session, perhaps it should be Jim Reeves old tearjerker with the chorus: Please release me, let me go; as Kowloon offered up 3 consecutive penalties for not releasing, allowing DEAs Matt Price to quickly bag nine points, followed by an opportune drop goal to draw to 17-12 with five minutes left in the first period.

Kowloon briefly rallied, with wing Morne Barnardo stopped just short, and then, from the ensuing scrum, No 8, David Tait was held up over the line and the referee blew for oranges.

The second half re-started with a grubber kick from DEA and for 15 minutes the game was grubby, resembling a Hong Kong policy address, good ideas, bad execution.

Enforced changes for each team altered the balance of the game, Kowloons rock at full back, Tom McColl retired injured, forcing a reshuffle, with Hong Kong international scrum half, Jeff Wong, returning at 9 after a long injury enforced absence, and Duncan Pollock, illustrating his utility, moving to full back. However, it was the loss of DEAs Matt Price to the blood bin for 15 minutes that proved pivotal.

His exit meant the force was with Kowloon once again and in the next 15 minutes the game was concluded as a contest. Mark Lawson at centre provided some compelling reasons not to tackle him as he rampaged through the DEA defence to feed Will Jones for the corner, the conversion was missed, but soon after Kowloon were awarded their first penalties of the half and Chris McAdam made one count to take the score to 25-12.

Next up was Morne Barnardo, cruelly stopped short in the first half, making no mistake this time, rounding one man, and bursting through two others before calmly touching down. This score was quickly followed up by another from Will Jones, both were converted and Kowloon were home and dry 39-12.

But the tide had a last turn left. After the restart, Kowloon second row, Alex Hickling was given a ten minute rest for punching, fair enough if you get caught, however he was joined 2 minutes later by his captain Eni Gisende, ostensibly for back chat, Gisende, somewhat aggrieved, offered the opinion that it was a voice from the crowd.

Against 13 men DEA upped the pressure, however, Hickling was back before they crossed the line for their only try of the game.

There's a tide in the game of rugby, that tide is a force that ebbs and flows, and the best teams use it to their advantage as Kowloon managed to do in this game.

All in all, a deserved win for Kowloon, theyre by no means the finished article, but if they can keep riding the flow, stop giving away silly penalties, and keep 15 men on the pitch, theyll be in the mix come March. DEA have had, and will have better days.

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