Victor Gresev of Russia fends off a tackle by Uruguay’s Agustín Ormaechea during their RWC play-off in Montevideo. The South Americans won the match to qualify for London 2015 while Russia, who will play two tests against Hong Kong next month, are hungry to get back to their winning ways. Photo: EPA Victor Gresev of Russia fends off a tackle by Uruguay’s Agustín Ormaechea during their RWC play-off in Montevideo. The South Americans won the match to qualify for London 2015 while Russia, who will play two tests against Hong Kong next month, are hungry to get back to their winning ways. Photo: EPA
Victor Gresev of Russia fends off a tackle by Uruguay’s Agustín Ormaechea during their RWC play-off in Montevideo. The South Americans won the match to qualify for London 2015 while Russia, who will play two tests against Hong Kong next month, are hungry to get back to their winning ways. Photo: EPA
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Russia’s brand of tough love just what Hong Kong need

Victor Gresev of Russia fends off a tackle by Uruguay’s Agustín Ormaechea during their RWC play-off in Montevideo. The South Americans won the match to qualify for London 2015 while Russia, who will play two tests against Hong Kong next month, are hungry to get back to their winning ways. Photo: EPA Victor Gresev of Russia fends off a tackle by Uruguay’s Agustín Ormaechea during their RWC play-off in Montevideo. The South Americans won the match to qualify for London 2015 while Russia, who will play two tests against Hong Kong next month, are hungry to get back to their winning ways. Photo: EPA
Victor Gresev of Russia fends off a tackle by Uruguay’s Agustín Ormaechea during their RWC play-off in Montevideo. The South Americans won the match to qualify for London 2015 while Russia, who will play two tests against Hong Kong next month, are hungry to get back to their winning ways. Photo: EPA
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Alvin Sallay

Alvin Sallay

Alvin Sallay was a Sunday columnist with the paper for more than 10 years and reported on the Hong Kong sports scene for the last 25 years. Through his columns he covered four Olympic Games and one soccer World Cup. A long-time Asia expert, he has also been to seven consecutive Asian Games.