PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 February 2019
HKFC lift title while Sandy Bay celebrate first ever play-off berth as regular season ends
While the Hong Kong Football Club cruised to their first premiership title since 2011, there was a nail-biter for Sandy Bay.
That is how razor thin Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay’s win was.
The first-year squad, who used to play under the Hong Kong Cricket Club banner, had already clinched the fourth and final spot in the men’s rugby Premiership play-offs for the Grand Championship but signed off with a win, squeaking out a 29-28 win over Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby.
Sandy Bay finished in the fourth and final spot behind league champions Hong Kong Football Club, second place Scottish and third place Societe Generale Valley.
Sandy Bay coach Brett Wilkinson said his team battled hard all season, coming back from a dismal start to clinch a play-off spot. The squad looked down and out in the first half of the season, but went on a winning tear in 2019.
“It was a tough game and pretty scrappy with the rain bucketing down at times, but it was the kind of game that we needed. It was good to get the win again obviously and it’s something we can build on for next week.”