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Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC - Match centre

Bloomberg HK Scottish
Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
E Miller, E Miller
Full time
B Raper
G McNish, G McNish
J Love (3)
G McNish, G McNish, G McNish
J Love (3)
Sat 24 Sep 15:00 - HKRFU Leagues - Premiership

Great comeback win

Strong debuts for Davey, Love, Irving and Mika

Despite a tumultuous build-up for HKCC, with the resignation coach Deacon Manu mid-week, the Cricketers rebounded well to chalk up an opening win under new coach Kevin West as they held off a strong challenge from Scottish 30-23.

“We’re delighted with the result", said West. “We’ve had a pretty tough week with what’s been happening and we’ve only had one warm up game, so we were struggling to get our systems right but we fronted up today. Our defence was solid as was our work at the breakdown and I thought we showed good intent on attack. With the week as it was, you have to be happy with that result."

West credited the impact of an influx of new players in Aberdeen, particularly fullback and specialist goal-kicker James Love from Ealing Trailfinders in the UK.

“All of the new players have bought into what we are doing really, really well. We’re delighted with everything we’ve got from them. James was spectacular and [No.8] Ben Davey, who was here two years ago with Valley, is a fantastic addition and ran himself to a standstill” West added.

Love collected 15 points from the boot with three penalties and three conversions. His kicking counterpart at Tigers, flyhalf Gregor McNeish, was also on song, boosting his side’s efforts with three penalties and two conversions.

Scottish leapt out to a 13-0 lead in the first half after McNeish bookended a try from flanker Ewan Miller with two penalties and a conversion. But HKCC replied with 20 unanswered points en route to a 20-13 lead at the break after tries from flanker Adrian Griffiths and wing Brad Raper with Love adding the conversions and two penalties. Both of the Cricketers tries were setup by great work from Liam Slatem, making a superb return after a season on the sidelines through injury.

McNeish clawed back three of those points with a penalty to start the second half but Scottish conceded a penalty try handing the advantage back to the Southsiders 27-16. Love added his fourth goal to extend the lead to 30-16. In the dying seconds, Miller picked up is second try of the afternoon to close the gap to 30-23.

Scottish coach Craig Hammond was left ruing what might have been. “It’s pretty frustrating. We did some good things, we started well and were 13-0 nil up but then we sat back a little bit and let them back in the game.

“You’ve got to give it to HKCC, they’re a good team and their 15 [Love] kicked some big goals and put us under pressure. A simple penalty here or there and we were really under the pump. Overall it’s a reasonable start, but we’re here to win footy games and to come away losing by seven in our first match is pretty frustrating,” Hammond concluded. Scottish were the only club in today’s Premiership to claim a bonus point for a loss within seven points.

Two other Premiership debutants for HKCC who made big impacts were Fai Mika, who's scrummaging and tireless work in the loose was telling. Kariym Irving, was also impressive with ball in hand with a number of incisive runs and solid tackles in defence.

All in all, as great start to the League campaign, next week sees a 4.30pm kick off at King's Park versus Kowloon.

Key moments

2:03
Penalty Gregor McNish kicks a penalty for Bloomberg HK Scottish
16:05
Try Ewan Miller scores for Bloomberg HK Scottish
17:09
Conversion Gregor McNish kicks a conversion for Bloomberg HK Scottish
19:04
Penalty Gregor McNish kicks a penalty for Bloomberg HK Scottish
21:21
Penalty James Love kicks a penalty for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
24:33
Penalty James Love kicks a penalty for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
34:13
Conversion James Love kicks a conversion for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
37:39
Penalty James Love kicks a penalty for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
40:00 +0:59
Try Bradley Raper scores for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
40:00 +2:03
Conversion James Love kicks a conversion for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
18:22
Penalty Gregor McNish kicks a penalty for Bloomberg HK Scottish
29:19
Conversion James Love kicks a conversion for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
39:00
Try Ewan Miller scores for Bloomberg HK Scottish
41:13
Conversion Gregor McNish kicks a conversion for Bloomberg HK Scottish

Highlights

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41:13 Conversion 23 - 23
Gregor McNish kicks a conversion for Bloomberg HK Scottish
39:00 Try 21 - 18
Ewan Miller scores for Bloomberg HK Scottish
29:19 Conversion 16 - 13
James Love kicks a conversion for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
28:24 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
18:22 Penalty 13 - 0
Gregor McNish kicks a penalty for Bloomberg HK Scottish
13:19 Missed Penalty
Gregor McNish misses a penalty for Bloomberg HK Scottish
7:37 Missed Penalty
Gregor McNish misses a penalty for Bloomberg HK Scottish
5:05 Missed Penalty
James Love misses a penalty for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
2:37 Missed Penalty
James Love misses a penalty for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
End of period 1
40:00 +2:03 Conversion 23 - 25
James Love kicks a conversion for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
40:00 +0:59 Try 21 - 23
Bradley Raper scores for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
37:39 Penalty 16 - 18
James Love kicks a penalty for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
34:13 Conversion 16 - 15
James Love kicks a conversion for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
24:33 Penalty 16 - 6
James Love kicks a penalty for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
21:21 Penalty 16 - 3
James Love kicks a penalty for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
19:04 Penalty 16 - 0
Gregor McNish kicks a penalty for Bloomberg HK Scottish
17:09 Conversion 10 - 0
Gregor McNish kicks a conversion for Bloomberg HK Scottish
16:05 Try 8 - 0
Ewan Miller scores for Bloomberg HK Scottish
2:03 Penalty 3 - 0
Gregor McNish kicks a penalty for Bloomberg HK Scottish
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bloomberg HK Scottish
  • Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
  • 0
  • Gregor McNish Penalty 2:03'
  • Ewan Miller Try 16:05'
  • Gregor McNish Conversion 17:09'
  • Gregor McNish Penalty 19:04'
  • James Love Penalty 21:21'
  • James Love Penalty 24:33'
  • James Love Conversion 34:13'
  • James Love Penalty 37:39'
  • Bradley Raper Try 40:00 +0:59'
  • James Love Conversion 40:00 +2:03'
  • Gregor McNish Penalty 18:22'
  • Penalty Try 28:24'
  • James Love Conversion 29:19'
  • Ewan Miller Try 39:00'
  • Gregor McNish Conversion 41:13'

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League round up

Other Premiership results

Natixis HKFC
6
34
Societe Generale Valley
Kowloon
7
17
Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Societe Generale Valley 15 53
2. Kowloon 15 45
3. Bloomberg HK Scottish 15 43
4. Natixis HKFC 15 37
5. Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC 15 20
6. Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers 15 18

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