Premiership front-runners Valley aim to lock down Broony Quaich
Hong Kong Scottish ‘desperate’ to regain silverware that holds special meaning for players
Paul Y Premiership favourites WhichWay Valley aim to store away another trophy – the Broony Quaich – by beating Hong Kong Scottish at Happy Valley on Saturday.
Failure to get the job done will not only throw open a lifeline to title contenders Leighton Asia HKCC, four points behind the leaders, but would boost the Scottish chances of clinching the fourth and final play-off spot for the season-ending Grand Championship next month.
"If we lose [the Quaich] we won't get another crack so it would be nice to put it away for the summer from our point of view," said Valley flanker and coach Nick Hewson. "It has meant a lot to the guys and given us an extra motivation for when we play at home."
Hewson warned that his side would face a stiff challenge.
"We have the utmost respect for Hong Kong Scottish – they are a well-drilled side with a very effective set-piece and play a good shape round their playmakers. When we last played on our ground they held us to a [18-18] draw so it shows that there isn't a lot between the teams.
"Every game from here on in is important and with the Grand Championship almost upon us every team will be looking at gaining vital momentum."
Scottish will be at full strength, with lock Craig Hammond back from suspension and flanker Jack Walters from concussion.
"Confidence has had a real boost after our [35-31] win over Kowloon," said Dave Whiteford, fullback and general manager. "The season would have been over if we had lost so it was great to win what proved to be a real thriller.
"The boys are desperate to regain the Quaich and we can take confidence from being the only team to take points off Valley at their new ground this season."