The New Year failed to usher in any major changes as the established order picked up where they left off in the Hong Kong Premiership and the top three clubs – Leighton Asia HKCC, Bloomberg Hong Kong Scottish and Societe Generale Valley – comfortably emerged victorious on Saturday. If the bottom three had hoped to spring a surprise or two they were left disappointed as the leading trio once again emphasised the gap in quality over the rest with Hong Kong Cricket Club in particular making a significant push forward with their bonus point win over Natixis HKFC at Sports Road. A brace from winger Brad Raper put the Cricketers well on their way to a 38-14 victory over Hong Kong Football Club. Also touching down for HKCC were scrum-half Liam Slatem, inside centre Conor Hartley and fellow midfielder Danny Atamu. The home team's two tries came from fullback Jimmy Richards and substitute winger Seb Alfonsi. "We had to make sure we were on the top of our game to come away with a result," said a satisfied HKCC head coach Deacon Manu. "All sides will be gunning for us now and we can't afford to take any game lightly." HKCC, bidding to win a second successive league title, will benefit hugely from Saturday's performance as their closest challengers – Scottish and Valley – both failed to score the four tries needed for the extra bonus point. The Aberdeen club now sit along at the top on 42 points, two in front of Scottish and five ahead of Valley. In the other two games – both played at King's Park – HK Scottish defeated Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers 26-10, while Valley beat Abacus Kowloon 25-0. Backs Matt Rosslee, Dave Vainqueur and Salom Yiu Kam-shing scored a try each for Valley with fly-half Ben Rimene kicking 10 points.