New DHL Club post express win
New sponsor, new playing strip and new state of the art pitch - Hong Kong Football Club players noticed several changes for their first home match of the season. And the newly christened DHL Club duly marked the occasion with a victory, 30-11 over DeA Tigers.
Tigers got the first points on the board with a Rob Naylor penalty in the third minute - but that was to be the only time they led in the game. An opportunist try from Ben Hunter, which was converted, put DHL Club in front, although they were pegged back to 7-6 by another Naylor penalty before the break. DHL Club came out for the second half in express mode and quick tries from Tim Connors and Tom Cameron plus a Warwick Dent penalty saw them increase their lead to 20-6.
Chris Gordon came on as a substitute for DHL Club after earlier scoring three tries for the second team and scored his fourth of the day before Brett Shields also touched down for the home team. Tigers had the last score of the game, Junior Sua grabbing a try after a forward drive, to wrap up an agreeable 'starter' ahead of the annual Captains Dinner last night. Over the border, the China-SAR honours were even, with Aberdeen beating Chinese Agricultural University 29-20 in their first runout of the season while Kowloon went down 31-22 against a PLA Sports Institute team strengthened by the return of their Asian Games players.
Earlier in the day, DHL Club were sure of success with two all-Club derby games at Sports Road - Dragons beating Scorpions 52-7 in the Second Division and Select overcoming Sequins 27-22 in a Third Division match. In a women's fixture, Club Ice found the new turf to their liking as they beat DeA Tigers 24-0.