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Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
A Hyde (2), M Bailey, S Brien
Tries
I Phillips, J Tsang, K Cheung, J Cunningham
G Currie (2), J Metters
Conversions
J Hughes, J Hughes, J Hughes, I Phillips
J Metters
Penalties
la 23 helmi 15:00 - HKRU Leagues - Premiership Full time

Sandy Bay Squeak Past Kowloon to Finish Premiership on a High

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Gritty bonus point victory ensures that momentum is maintained for next weeks semi-final.

Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay have dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s on their 2018/19 premiership regular season with yet another close one against Kerry Hotel Kowloon.

This 15th and final round fixture would have no bearing on the final standings, with Sandy Bay locked in for 4th spot and Kowloon anchored to the bottom of the league following a wretched season, fraught with injuries.

It’s almost hard to believe that just five matches ago, the Bay were dead last on the table and looking down the barrel of a disappointing season. But then something happened – the wins started coming, the smiles returned and the tries and bonus points started flowing like hot volcanic lava over a disused shopping mall, destined for demolition.

Prems - Round 15 - Kowloon
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Five consecutive bonus-point victories over USRC Tigers, HK Scottish (twice), Valley and Kowloon have propelled the Bay up into a well-earned semi-final berth on 2nd March against HKFC. The 25 competition points has seen them blitz past Kowloon and USRC Tigers to finish almost within reaching distance of Valley in 4th place.

Head coach Brett Wilkinson, skipper Gair Currie and their band of merry men are by no means putting the delicious Pilsner Urquell on ice . The really hard work has just begun and on the Saturday just passed, they were made to work as hard as ever to bludgeon out a 29-28 win over a Kowloon side that always seemed to save their best for the Bay.

First half meat pies to Ash Hyde, Moses Bailey and Sebastian Brien took Sandy Bay to a 19-14 score-line at halftime and a second try to rampant prop Ash Hyde saw the “home” team stretch the lead to 26-14 early in the second half. Soon after, Bay flanker Moses Bailey was harshly red-carded for collecting an oke a little high and could only watch on in horror as Kowloon fought back grittily with two tries and closed the score to 29-28 with 5 minutes remaining. Flyhalf Nik Cumming stripped Kowloon players of the ball twice in tackle situations to take some pressure of his team but also found himself on the naughty chair after getting muddled up while going for the stripper trifecta.

In January, Loon had won the close one with an injury time clutch drop goal, but this time Sandy Bay held on for the win and a terrific close to the Saxo Premiership.

Wilkinson had the luxury of resting a few battered players and their return will bolster his teams chances. HKFC may have the league title but Sandy Bay are not lacking the hunger, ability or motivation to spoil the party at Sports Road on Saturday 2nd March.

Key moments

7:00
Try Iwan Phillips scores for Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
7:00
Conversion Jack Hughes kicks a conversion for Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
15:00
Try Ash Hyde scores for Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
15:00
Conversion Gair Currie kicks a conversion for Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
23:00
Try Moses Bailey scores for Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
29:00
Try Jamie Tsang scores for Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
29:00
Conversion Jack Hughes kicks a conversion for Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
39:00
Try Sebastian Brien scores for Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
39:00
Conversion Gair Currie kicks a conversion for Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
42:00
Try Ash Hyde scores for Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
42:00
Conversion Jack Metters kicks a conversion for Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
48:00
Try Ku Ngai Cheung scores for Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
48:00
Conversion Jack Hughes kicks a conversion for Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
60:00
Penalty Jack Metters kicks a penalty for Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
69:00
Try James Cunningham scores for Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
69:00
Conversion Iwan Phillips kicks a conversion for Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby

Videos and photos

Prems - Round 15 - Kowloon
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Prems - Round 15 - Kowloon

Highlights

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69:00 Conversion 29 - 28
Iwan Phillips kicks a conversion for Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
69:00 Try 29 - 26
James Cunningham scores for Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
60:00 Penalty 29 - 21
Jack Metters kicks a penalty for Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
48:00 Try 26 - 19
Ku Ngai Cheung scores for Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
48:00 Conversion 26 - 21
Jack Hughes kicks a conversion for Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
42:00 Try 24 - 14
Ash Hyde scores for Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
42:00 Conversion 26 - 14
Jack Metters kicks a conversion for Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 19 - 14
Gair Currie kicks a conversion for Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
39:00 Try 17 - 14
Sebastian Brien scores for Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
29:00 Conversion 12 - 14
Jack Hughes kicks a conversion for Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
29:00 Try 12 - 12
Jamie Tsang scores for Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
23:00 Try 12 - 7
Moses Bailey scores for Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
15:00 Try 5 - 7
Ash Hyde scores for Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
15:00 Conversion 7 - 7
Gair Currie kicks a conversion for Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
7:00 Try 0 - 5
Iwan Phillips scores for Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
7:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Jack Hughes kicks a conversion for Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
  • Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
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  • Jack Hughes Conversion 7:00'
  • Iwan Phillips Try 7:00'
  • Ash Hyde Try 15:00'
  • Gair Currie Conversion 15:00'
  • Moses Bailey Try 23:00'
  • Jamie Tsang Try 29:00'
  • Jack Hughes Conversion 29:00'
  • Sebastian Brien Try 39:00'
  • Gair Currie Conversion 39:00'
  • Ash Hyde Try 42:00'
  • Jack Metters Conversion 42:00'
  • Ku Ngai Cheung Try 48:00'
  • Jack Hughes Conversion 48:00'
  • Jack Metters Penalty 60:00'
  • James Cunningham Try 69:00'
  • Iwan Phillips Conversion 69:00'

Team selection

Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay
Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby
  • 1. Dan Elkington
  • 2. Jamie Tsang
  • 3. Sean Paranihi
  • 4. Adam Best
  • 5. Jonathon Kenny
  • 6. James Cunningham
  • 7. James Sawyer
  • 8. Andy McEwen
  • 9. Iwan Phillips
  • 10. Jack Hughes
  • 11. Thomas Bury
  • 12. Chris Kinloch
  • 13. Ben Loosmore
  • 14. Fong Kit Fung
  • 15. Ed Styles
  • 16. Alex Harris
  • 17. Dave Wong
  • 18. Tim Cadwallander
  • 19. Ken Encarnacion
  • 20. Ku Ngai Cheung
  • 21. Jonathan Green
  • 22. Bryn Phillips
  • 23. Jordon Tsang

League round up

Other Premiership results

Societe Generale Valley
27
27
Natixis HKFC
7
26
Bloomberg HK Scottish

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Natixis HKFC 15 55
2. Bloomberg HK Scottish 15 50
3. Societe Generale Valley 15 44
4. Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay 15 37
5. Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers 15 26
6. Kerry Hotel Kowloon Rugby 15 18

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