Unbeaten Valley secure Broony Quaich with win number eight against HK Scottish
Valley Black Ladies beat Gai Wu 15-3 to stretch win-streak to 21 games
The winning streak goes on for Societe Generale Valley: eight in a row and the Ranfurly-style Broony Quaich in the bag after their 30-15 victory over Bloomberg Hong Kong Scottish in HKRU Premiership action on Saturday.
Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers leapfrogged Natixis HKFC into second place in the standings after a 24-18 win at King's Park. The match at Aberdeen Sports Ground between Leighton Asia HKCC and Sabre Kowloon was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
It was a brave effort from Scottish to defend their home turf at Shek Kip Mei, but the club's injury woes continue to deepen.
Valley led 25-8 at half-time and a blow-out looked on the cards, but Scottish dug deep in the second spell.
Valley coach Jack Isaac said it was a far-from-perfect performance: "It's the same old scenario. We start well, play decent, attractive rugby and then we fall into a hole in the second half.
"We made some poor errors in the second half. We didn't control our game. We should have kicked to the corner more and taken our opportunities with our set piece. I can't fault the effort. We had the brawn, but we didn't have the brains," he added.
The latest injuries will leave Scottish with a mountain to climb on Friday when they face Kowloon before the Christmas break gives them time to recuperate."We're a small club and we're only four years old, so we don't have a lot of depth," said coach Craig Hammond. "We had to call a few players up and to have our Premiership-A guys playing against top-of-the-table Valley is never easy, but they did well.
“We had a goal to not lose at home this season and to keep the Broony so it’s a bit of a frustrating loss, but I’m proud of the boys, particularly in the second half to make the game close was a huge effort.
"Next week against Kowloon will be big. We need a win. If we can stay mid-table and have a good win after Christmas, we’ll be in with a shout,” added Hammond.
In the Women's Premiership, Valley Black Ladies beat CPM Gai Wu Falcons 12-3 to extend to 21 games their run of victories which stretches back to the beginning of last season.