Rugby Section

20 Jan 2020

Natixis Club go back to back in the League


Natixis HKFC Club secured its 2ndLeague premiership in as many years with a nail biting win over old foes Valley.

 

Club held a 2-point lead over Valley coming into the last game of the regular season. Club knew that a win or draw at the old enemies’ home ground was required if they were to go back to back in League titles.

 

Club had already won the Challenge Trophy earlier in the season and had their eyes firmly set on making it two from two in the silverware department for this season as well. 

 

Some early back and forth saw both sides feeling each other out but it was Club with the better intent and field position. This eventually lead to some ill-discipline from Valley and the metronomic boot of Glyn Hughes punished the home side as Club skipped out to a 9-0 lead at half time. 

 

Valley bounced back after the break to record its first points through its own penalty but Club continued to prove that defence is the best form of attack as they put their heart and sole into every hit and once again gained ascendancy of the match. 

 

As the clock ticked down the Club score continued to rise through the kicking prowess of Glyn Hughes. Club had a healthy 15-3 lead with 90 seconds left on the clock. Club were deep in the enemy grounds looking to put the final nail in the coffin. A short side raid lead to a 5 on 2 situation and surely the opportunity for Club to get their first try for the day. However, the last pass was intercepted and the Valley player raced 95 meters to score and bring Valley back into the game in the dying moment of the match. 

 

After the successful conversion Valley only trailed by 5 points and an unlikely try would give them the chance to convert for the the League title. Club were not giving up without a fight though and defended valiantly. At one stage they defending 17 phases before Valley were to make a meter out of their own 22. But a miss tackle - one of only 4 in a 150 tackles for the day – and a few penalties saw Valley move the ball 80 meters up the field and attack Clubs line. Once again the boys in blue and white dug deep and refused to give an inch. The love and passion they have for the Club and each other shone through and nearly 5 minutes into added on time a Mitch Andrews tackle held up the opposing player and forced the referee to call time on this epic encounter.

 

Exhausted but elated the Club boys rose from ground to claim the 2019/20 League title. 

 

However, this team is not done yet, after the abrupt end to last seasons GC endeavors Coach Jack Wiggins and his boys know its not over until the cabinet is full and all the silverware on offer is in Sportsman’s bar.

 

This task will not be an easy one and the first hurdle in the way will once again be Sandy Bay as 1 plays 4 from the regular season for opportunity to play in the Grand Championships. 

The GC semi final will be held at Sports Road at 4:45pm on the 1stof February with the winner advancing through to the final the following week at Kings Park.  


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