Bisley and Kimura run rings around the PLA
They were anointed as the lords of the rings yesterday. Kiwi pair Colin Bisley and Aaron Kimura ran rings around a bemused opposition as HKCC/Aberdeen easily defeated Chubb PLA 54-17 at King's Park and moved closer to winning the Securicor First Division title.
Bisley scored a hat-trick of tries while Kimura grabbed a brace as HKCC/Aberdeen ran in eight tries against a brave, but ultimately out-of-depth, defence. The other three tries were scored by former South Korean international and scrumhalf Lee Myung-guen, or 'Mr Lee' as he is known by his teammates, flanker Billy McQueen and winger Terence Ng. Kimura also converted five tries while Bisley kicked two conversions.
It was clear what the orders from skipper Mike Meredith were to his troops - win handsomely with a bonus point. They achieved that goal on the stroke of half-time when they had dotted down four tries to ensure the extra point crucial to keep challengers Asahi Valley and CBRE Club at a distance.
'We have three more games to go. The next two matches against Club and Valley are crucial. If we beat Club next week and also score a bonus point, we are pretty much sure of winning the title,' said coach Richard Cooke.
He had every reason to be smug having watched the HKCC/Aberdeen bandwagon merrily roll on to register their eighth successive victory this season. They have only lost to Kowloon.
The mainlanders were clearly no match as they were dazzled by the superior backline play of the home team with centre Bisley and flyhalf Kimura orchestrating the attack and No8 Kahu Marfell splendid in a supporting role.
'It was a clinical display today. I really can't complain of our performance apart from a brief spell when we allowed them to score three tries. But we had made changes by then and rested some key players,' said Cooke.
PLA began the stronger of the two sides when they stole a scrum and a lineout from under HKCC/Aberdeen's noses. But the inability of their backs to make good use of hard-won possession and a penchant for holding on too long at the breakdown resulted in a spate of penalties and soft turnovers.
And once loosehead prop Meredith had got his forwards to settle down, the floodgates opened. It took 14 minutes to break down the PLA wall, but when Bisley scored his first from a quickly taken tap penalty 10 metres out, the signs were ominous. Kimura, the leading try-scorer in the First Division (12 tries before yesterday's game), then dummied the entire defence from a five-metre scrum to score under the posts. A few minutes later, he turned provider when he made a lovely break from inside his 22, drew the last line of defence and passed inside to Lee, who covered 50 metres to score.
HKCC/Aberdeen collected their fourth try and a bonus point just before the break after PLA captain and hooker Chen Jiang had been unfortunately sin-binned after the referee ruled that he had been holding on a tad too long at the breakdown. With Chen's departure, the no-push rule was introduced for the scrums and off the ensuing scrummage, Kimura and his backline swung into action and, with Lee handling twice, sent winger Ng over near the left corner flag.
Leading 28-0 at half-time, the job was all but done for the league leaders. All that remained was to finish the next 40 minutes without injury. Bisley, who began the second half in style as he sidestepped thrice before sending Kimura on to score his second try, was not so fortunate to end the game unscathed.
A boot to his head resulted in a gash and he had to go off for some running repairs. While he was off the field, the lead was extended to 40-0 with McQueen touching down. Changes were rung in and PLA made the most of it and with some determined play by their forwards, scored two tries through prop Ma Bing and fullback Wu Zhenling.
Bisley then returned with a bang. In the space of three minutes, he completed his hat-trick, scoring two tries, both individual and long-range efforts that left the opponents clutching at air.
Impressive PLA front-rower Ma Bing had the last crumbs of comfort when he scored a consolation try, barging over from close range. But by then HKCC/Aberdeen were already celebrating, having extended their lead in the standings to 10 points over Valley and 12 over Club, who both have a game in hand.