Jack Parfitt bullish about Hong Kong’s Cup of Nations chances as Scottish notch their biggest ever Premiership win
The bustling prop scores a try as his side run amok at The Rock in 51-point mauling of HKCC
After playing his part in Bloomberg HK Scottish’s biggest ever win, Jack Parfitt said Hong Kong are “the most confident” they’ve ever been ahead of next week’s Cup of Nations.
The bustling prop was solid as a rock as his side smashed Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC 68-17 in the Old Mutual International Men’s Premiership on Saturday and he is hopeful of lining up against Russia, Chile and Kenya starting next Friday.
“I think we’re probably the most confident and the most ready we’ve ever been,” he said. “We’ll see what happens, I hope so,” he added about his selection chances.
After starting both of Hong Kong’s tests against Kenya in August, Parfitt missed the start of the Premiership season through injury but is ready to tackle the might of Russia if called on.
“They’re definitely the biggest team coming into this and we have the utmost respect for them,” he said.
“Their forwards carry their game a lot so we’ve got to muscle up to them and do the job to get the win. This is my third game back and I’m starting to really get in the swing of things.”
Scottish put on a procession at Shek Kip Mei against a feeble HKCC side, running in 10 tries to ensure they head into the international break on a high.
“Today we finally flicked the switch and we all brought into it,” Parfitt said. “Our game management today went through the roof instead of boys panicking and trying to go off and do their own thing.”
Doubles to winger Conor Hartley and fullback Ben Tyler laid the foundation for Scottish, while Parfitt also cashed in with a try of his own.
“I think so, I’ve been here five-and-a-half seasons and the club was only a year old when I got here and the first year they had a lot of hidings,” coach Craig Hammond said of the record result.
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“We did a bit of homework during the week and we knew that if we could keep hold of the ball and build on those phases we would be OK.
“They’re a good team, too, Cricket Club, when you look at them on paper. I just think we didn’t let them play.
“Our mindset was defensively to keep working, we can score tries but we have to work hard on defence and I think today we did that.”
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In Saturday’s other match, Natixis HKFC rejoined the winner’s list with a gutsy 19-12 win over Kowloon thanks to tries to Glyn Hughes, Jamie Hood and Jamie Lauder.
In the KPMG Women’s Premiership, Gai Wu brushed aside Tai Po 42-3, Tigers hammered CWB Phoenix 45-0, Valley dispatched Kowloon 88-0 and HKFC saluted 31-12 against City Sparkle.