Local recruit Leon Wei Hon-sum showed what an invaluable asset he is by scoring the try that gave Societe Generale Valley the upper-hand as they defeated Leighton Asia HKCC 18-15 in a tightly contested Grand Championship final at King’s Park on Saturday. Hong Kong international and loosehead prop Wei, who was enticed from Abacus Kowloon at the start of the season, broke open a tight first half when he powered his way to score the opening try of the game and give his side a 13-3 lead, which they defended bravely to deny Hong Kong Cricket Club the double for yet another year. While the top clubs could only recruit a couple of players from overseas, Valley cleverly pinpointed the front row as an area they needed to bolster. Along with Currie Cup hooker Dayne Jans, they also grabbed Wei, and these signings proved their value to the side as Valley’s scrum held firm to set up the foundation for victory. “The scrum had been pretty good all year and we knew it was going to be a big part of the game today and we have been working on it. The boys have gelled well in that department. It was a good performance up front,” said pleased Valley head coach Jack Isaac. Wei, who also scored in the semi-final, was a cornerstone of the Valley scrum, who which stamped their intentions 33 seconds into the game when they pushed their counterparts off their own ball. Danny Atamu scored a try early in the second half for HKCC to cut the deficit to 13-8, but Valley sub Andrew Kelly scored in the corner to stretch the lead to 10 points before a late consolation try from Angus Cameron made it closer than it looked. Valley goal-kicker Ben Rimene knocked over two penalties and a conversion, but his opposite number Jason Kjestrup had an off-day, missing five kicks. “Our defence was enormous tonight. Thankfully they missed a few points, but that is part of rugby and we will take that. This is a fantastic end to the season,” Isaac added.