Early lessons for the men from Sandy Bay
By Grant Beuzeval
Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay slow out of the blocks in heavy defeat to HKFC
Published by South China Morning Post: 22nd September 2018
Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay, the new outfit formed after the dissolution of the Hong Kong Cricket Club rugby section last year, put up a brave effort in their inaugural match before going down to Natixis HKFC 43-13. Sandy Bay lock Jack Delaforce, who is also on Jones’ national team radar, said he was disappointed with the result but there were a few factors that hampered the squad going into the fixture.
“Last week was unfortunate with a few injuries, two hookers and our starting halfback went down, but we can’t really take that as an excuse. It’s been a good vibe down at training, I just think we haven’t had enough time together because of those new guys coming in.”
Published by Hong Kong Rugby Union: 22nd September 2018
Today’s second game saw Herbert Smith Freehills HKU Sandy Bay fall to a 45-13 loss to Natixis HKFC. The Sports Road outfit jumped all over Sandy Bay to mar the newly formed super club’s coming out party as they squelched their opponents with a 24-point first half.
Flanker Raef Morrison marked his return to Hong Kong Premiership action with a try after just five minutes, with rock solid fly half Glyn Hughes adding the conversion - and a penalty three minutes later - as HKFC pushed their lead to 8-0 after eight minutes.
Sandy Bay scrumhalf Jack Metters replied for his side on the next available opportunity, less than a minute later, with his penalty cutting the margin to five points. Hooker Mitch Andrews returned the favour shortly after, with his try extending Club’s lead further.
Metters replied with a second penalty a yellow card against Salafai Mika made the going that much harder for Sandy Bay.
Shortly before half-time centre Ben Axten-Burrett capitalized on the extra space to score his first of the season as Football Club pushed its lead to 24-6 at half-time. The second half saw more of the same as new signee, Irish lock Sam Pim, scored his first try for HKFC in the 47th minute, followed by a conversion and yet another penalty from Hughes as the margin ballooned to 31-6.
Sandy Bay were awarded a penalty try midway through the half to make the score somewhat more palatable, trailing 31-13, but were unable to close the gap further. Winger Niall Rowark and centre Tom Hill added insult to injury with late tries for Club who won 45-13.