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23 Sep 2019

Club 3 form 3 in Challenge Trophy but still plenty to work on


Natixis HKFC Club v Kowloon
21st of September, Kings Park
43 - 31 Win

HKFC ventured over to the dark side for the first time this season to take on a much improved Kowloon side. Coach Wiggins had to ring in the changes as injury and life plans took its toll on the HKFC side during the week. Even with a large contingent of players out the Club team sheet was extremely impressive from 1-23. A true testament to the Dragons coaches over the past few years as well as those in the youth programs below.

The first 5 minutes where not the greatest for HKFC as Kowloon marched into the 22 after some mistakes from Club and once in the red zone they took it up a gear to breach out try line for the first time in nearly 120 minutes of rugby.  Oddly enough the Kowloon try was exactly what HKFC needed as it woke the beast. 

Not long after Kowloon put a kick down field that was retrieved by Max Denmark who was making his return to Club colours for the first time in almost a year. The 7's star was like a duck to water for his whole game and impressed all with his pace and power. On this occasion Max took the ball back hard and sliced open the Kowloon defence running 30 meters before getting taken down in the Kowloon 22. This barnstorming run got us in behind the defensive line with fast ball and after a superb Rob Lind offload, Nate De Thierry ran in untouched to open the account. This match was also Nate's first game back this season and his steady hand and decision making on both sides of the ball was a God sent for this newly put together side. 

The match continued with some back and forwards until a Tom Stanley turnover deep in our own half led to Glyn Hughes sending Rob Lind off on a 60 meter run. The athletic lock showed his full back of tricks and a clean set of heels until he offloaded to Jonty Wood who scampered the last 20 meters and touched down in the corner. The score now 12-7 with 60 or so minutes left to play.

It wasn't long until the live wire scrum half, Jonty Wood, was back in the thick of it again. This time he sniped on the blind side about 50 meters out and sent Max Denmark away again. Max left a trial of defenders in his wake until he was finally brought down. Club played off the fast ball with Glyn Hughes playing conductor as he put Hugh McCormick-Houston through another hole and then gets the ball wide to the fleet footed Eremia Tapsell who stepped a few and crashed over for his first try of the season. 

At this point it was clear the momentum had swung Football clubs way and with hooker Johnnie McCormick-Hourton leading the way Club doubled down with one more try before halftime. On this occasion Jack Wilson was the beneficiary of some fantastic lead up play by in particular Brett Manaia and Ben Willis.

24-7 at oranges.

Half time did nothing to suppress the boys thirst for more points with a world class 95 meter try to start us off. It was that man Rob Lind taking an intercept and once again showcasing his pace has his burst into the back field and then offloaded to Eremia who jinked and jived his way up the pitch and then passed the ball to Nate who showed all his class with a deft tap on as the Kowloon defence jammed hard on him. Nate's pass went on perfectly to the unmarked and always in support Jonty Wood who ran in his second for the afternoon.

It wasn't long until Club got to show off its counter attack stills again. This time a lose carry from Kowloon set Jack Wilson away from deep in his 22. He passed to Jonty wood who again had a good interchange of passes with Eremia Tapsell and eventually the ball ended up in the hands of another Club debutant Charles Chung who crashed over for his first of the day.

Club now in the lead 38-7. It was at this point the momentum began to swing back to the home side. Injuries Brett Manaia, Paul Gualino and skipper Johnnie Mac may not of helped but was far from an excuse considering the talent that came onto replace them. 

Club where unable to stop the silly turn overs or finish their chances. This lead to Kowloon scoring 2 quick tries and they looked very good with ball in hand. 

Luckily with the score now at 38-17 Club were able to swoop on another Kowloon turnover deep in our own half and a Glyn Hughes kick down field was picked up by Eremia who dived over for his second of the day. Clubs lead had now grown to 26 and with less than 20 minutes to go we were clearly in the box seat.

Kowloon showed great fight however and continued to push and prob the HKFC line for the full 80 minutes. 2 late try to the Loon was the result and a final score of 43-31.

While Clubs performance may not have equaled the sum of its parts on Saturday there is no doubting the depth and commitment of the wider training squad at Sports Rd. The match has left an even bigger question mark. Will those away be able to work their way back into the squad? 

Next week its time to take on the old foe Valley at Valley. As always Valley will be a good bench mark of where we are at this season and a great match is on the cards. 


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