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Your News Valley and Club on collision course after 4th win

The two juggernauts of Hong Kong rugby continue their inexorable progress to a mid-season show down after both securing a fourth consecutive win in the league.
 HKFC play Tradition Valley next week at Football Club in the first of the seasons potential title deciders and Club go into the game after beating a spirited InProjects Kowloon 22-14.

Kowloon have increasingly impressed this term following narrow defeats against DeA and Valley, before beating HKCC last week to announce their competitiveness in the league. 
The peninsula side started as they finished last Saturday, dominating HKFC up-front, and their commitment was rewarded in the 1st minute when fly-half Chris McAdam began a memorable performance slotting a penalty from 30 metres.

Football Club were left ruing their luck when returning half back Mike Clancy was forced off after just 90 seconds with an ankle injury promoting Hong Kong international Adam Raby to place kicker.

Three minutes later Kowloon were 6-0 up after another HKFC violation, and they continued to rattle the home side with their physicality on the ground and resolute defence in midfield.

A Kowloon infringement gave Raby a chance for HFKC to get on the scoreboard but he shanked a gettable 25 metre kick well wide of the uprights. Club flanker Rory Hussey was yellow carded for dangerous play on 9 minutes and Kowloon continued to pressurise but were guilty of switching off as the second quarter began, offering Raby a simple penalty to reduce the deficit, 6-3. 

Mistakes then dominated Kowloon with a succession of infringements releasing the pressure on HKFC to the consternation of Kowloon player/coach Joe Shaw. Despite Rabys wayward kicking the hosts levelled the scores at 6-6.

The first try came following poor handling from Kowloon, putting heavy pressure on a scrambling Shaw who could only kick to touch. Seven phases and a scrum later HKFC scrum-half Pete McKee was alive to a ball on the ground and he dived over unopposed and with Rabys conversion Football Club led 13-6 at half-time.

Kowloon would have hoped to regain their fighting spirit in the second half but lost props Andy Lee and Ben Fear to injury. Without adequate replacements, the referee had no choice but to declare that scrums would be uncontested.

Football Club were irate with the decision, particularly as they had been dominating the set piece, however two quick penalties from Raby and McKee gave them some breathing space, 19-6.

McAdam exploited a disorganised home defence to claim an opportunist try on 60 minutes to reduce the deficit to 19-11 but Kowloons lack of territory failed to offer adequate chances to score. 

Kowloon had wing Jonny Rees binned for repeated infringement and then Football Club extended their lead to 22-11 through Raby. Despite one more penalty Kowloon were unable to affect the result.

HKFC coach Terry Hart saluted Kowloons resolve and was magnanimous after the match, he said, They got stuck into us the first 20 minutes and they rattled us. Then we got some structure back, but we had no scrums and thats the platform we use to launch our attacks, which was frustrating. Were pleased with the win. Its what you call an ugly win but a win is a win.

Kowloon coach Joe Shaw saw his sides shortcomings as a factor in the defeat, he said, Full credit to Football Club for winning but Kowloons ethos now is we go to win these games. We were beaten by a better side but I think its down to us. We are disappointed, but we know we can beat anybody.

In the days other games, Valley prevailed over DeA Tigers 48-18 despite a rousing 15-point come back from DeA following an 18-3 deficit at half-time.

With the scores locked at 18-18 Hong Kong international Rowan Varty was illegally felled by Valley no.10 Justin Temara. Varty was forced from the field, and despite Temara receiving a yellow card, coach Kane Jury was disappointed his side werent playing safe rugby against the better teams.

While visitors Synovate Hong Kong Cricket Club dominated their encounter with Causeway Bay, the host Rams had cause for celebration after losing by less than 50 points for the first time this season but recording two scores of their own, before succumbing 33-10 to Synovate HKCC.

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