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Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
Natixis HKFC
L Slatem
Full time
R Donnelly, B Axten-Burrett
J Love (2)
M Page, M Page
J Love (3)
M Page, M Page, M Page
Sat 29 Oct 16:30 - HKRFU Leagues - Premiership

HKCC skipper Liam Slatem eyes Hong Kong role as he battles back from knee injury

South African is key in 23-23 draw with HKFC as he tries to win a place in the city’s senior squad for next year’s November tests

Back playing after a serious knee injury kept him out of last season, Hong Kong Cricket Club captain Liam Slatem already has one eye on Hong Kong’s 2017 November tests.

That’s not to say leading his side through this year’s HKRU Premiership season is not at the forefront of the South African’s mind, but the ambitious 27-year-old is allowing himself to dream.

A year in to his time with the union’s elite rugby programme, Slatem is counting down the days until he is eligible to represent Hong Kong next August.

“The November tests will be the first tests I can play,” he said. “I would love to put the Hong Kong jersey on and play with my mates that I have been training with for a year, obviously play towards the bigger goal and hopefully achieve new things for Hong Kong rugby.”

While getting injured just after joining the programme was less than ideal for Slatem, there were some positives for the scrum half.

“It was great to be involved in the system and be able to rehab and really work on the fundamentals,” he said. “Now I’ve been back on the pitch I think I’m starting to feel the benefits.”

A realistic Slatem is by no means counting his chickens as to whether or not he will represent Hong Kong and the first-year captain is currently focused on growing into his new role.

“It’s a good challenge for me, I’m into my third season with Cricket Club and I’ve learnt a few things,” he said. “We have got a few leaders in the team so it makes life easier.”

From Cape Town, Slatem played in the Currie Cup for Griquas in 2011 and spent three years at the University of Cape Town Ikey Tigers before coming to Hong Kong just over two years ago.

He was industrious as HKCC played out a thrilling 23-23 draw with Natixis Hong Kong Football Club on Saturday, but disappointed to see his side give up a 17-6 lead.

“We want to make Aberdeen a bit of a fortress and we let them score soon after half-time and let them back in to the game,” he said.

“But we are building slowly, week by week so that’s a positive, but we are disappointed to come away with a draw.”

Slatem scored one of his side’s two tries, with the other a penalty try, while fullback James Love continued his sharp-shooting with 13 points.

Jevon Groves and Max Page were important in HKFC’s comeback and when Ben Axten-Burrett crossed in the second half, his side had the lead.

Page added the extras to put HKFC six points ahead, before Love held his nerve in the dying stages to twice split the sticks and level the scores.

Key moments

1:21
Penalty James Love kicks a penalty for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
6:32
Penalty Max Page kicks a penalty for Natixis HKFC
12:07
Conversion James Love kicks a conversion for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
16:36
Penalty Max Page kicks a penalty for Natixis HKFC
21:55
Try Liam Slatem scores for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
23:23
Conversion James Love kicks a conversion for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
37:55
Try Ronan Donnelly scores for Natixis HKFC
39:04
Conversion Max Page kicks a conversion for Natixis HKFC
49:45
Penalty Max Page kicks a penalty for Natixis HKFC
62:57
Try Ben Axten-Burrett scores for Natixis HKFC
63:32
Conversion Max Page kicks a conversion for Natixis HKFC
66:50
Penalty James Love kicks a penalty for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
75:43
Penalty James Love kicks a penalty for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC

Highlights

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75:43 Penalty 23 - 23
James Love kicks a penalty for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
69:00 Sub On
Matthew Wyatt is substituted on for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
69:00 Sub Off
Kariym Irving is substituted off for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
66:50 Penalty 20 - 23
James Love kicks a penalty for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
66:00 Sub On
Mark Prior is substituted on for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
66:00 Sub Off
Jack Delaforce is substituted off for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
63:33 Sub Off
Dylan Rogers is substituted off for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
63:33 Sub On
Jack Nielsen is substituted on for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
63:32 Conversion 17 - 23
Max Page kicks a conversion for Natixis HKFC
62:57 Try 17 - 21
Ben Axten-Burrett scores for Natixis HKFC
58:00 Sub On
Andrew Stidworthy is substituted on for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
58:00 Sub Off
Sebastian Brien is substituted off for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
55:00 Sub Off
Rohan Cook is substituted off for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
55:00 Sub On
James Cooper is substituted on for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
50:00 Sub Off
Danny Atamu is substituted off for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
50:00 Sub On
Angus Cameron is substituted on for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
49:45 Penalty 17 - 16
Max Page kicks a penalty for Natixis HKFC
49:20 Yellow Card
Andrew Krelle is yellow carded for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
47:43 Missed Penalty
Max Page misses a penalty for Natixis HKFC
End of period 1
40:00 +2:02 Missed Penalty
James Love misses a penalty for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
39:04 Conversion 17 - 13
Max Page kicks a conversion for Natixis HKFC
37:55 Try 17 - 11
Ronan Donnelly scores for Natixis HKFC
23:23 Conversion 17 - 6
James Love kicks a conversion for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
21:55 Try 15 - 6
Liam Slatem scores for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
16:36 Penalty 10 - 6
Max Page kicks a penalty for Natixis HKFC
13:29 Yellow Card
Ronan Donnelly is yellow carded for Natixis HKFC
12:07 Conversion 10 - 3
James Love kicks a conversion for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
11:24 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
6:32 Penalty 3 - 3
Max Page kicks a penalty for Natixis HKFC
4:12 Missed Penalty
Max Page misses a penalty for Natixis HKFC
1:21 Penalty 3 - 0
James Love kicks a penalty for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
1:00 Sub On
Adrian Griffiths is substituted on for Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC
  • Natixis HKFC
  • 0
  • Adrian Griffiths Sub On 1:00'
  • James Love Penalty 1:21'
  • Max Page Penalty 6:32'
  • Penalty Try 11:24'
  • James Love Conversion 12:07'
  • Ronan Donnelly Yellow Card 13:29'
  • Max Page Penalty 16:36'
  • Liam Slatem Try 21:55'
  • James Love Conversion 23:23'
  • Ronan Donnelly Try 37:55'
  • Max Page Conversion 39:04'
  • Andrew Krelle Yellow Card 49:20'
  • Max Page Penalty 49:45'
  • Angus Cameron Sub On 50:00'
  • Danny Atamu Sub Off 50:00'
  • James Cooper Sub On 55:00'
  • Rohan Cook Sub Off 55:00'
  • Sebastian Brien Sub Off 58:00'
  • Andrew Stidworthy Sub On 58:00'
  • Ben Axten-Burrett Try 62:57'
  • Max Page Conversion 63:32'
  • Jack Nielsen Sub On 63:33'
  • Dylan Rogers Sub Off 63:33'
  • Mark Prior Sub On 66:00'
  • Jack Delaforce Sub Off 66:00'
  • James Love Penalty 66:50'
  • Kariym Irving Sub Off 69:00'
  • Matthew Wyatt Sub On 69:00'
  • James Love Penalty 75:43'

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# 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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