The WNL1 quarter final between Hong Kong Scottish Kukris and USRC Tigers had all the makings of a classic encounter, but the form was difficult to predict. The teams finished fourth [Kukris] and fifth [Tigers] in the league, reflecting their rollercoaster performances. Head to head Kukris had narrowly beaten Tigers at King’s Park, while at their most recent clash, Tigers had easily beaten Kukris at The Rock. So much for home advantage. And the noise from the stands showed that the visiting Tigers supporters had every intention of being the loudest.
The match started at a frantic place, with both teams giving away penalties. Over eager or nervous? It was hard to tell. After a period of stout defending, Kukris drove up the field. With ball in had LI Sze-ting passed the 22, and found two defenders between her and the try line. A classy double sidestep put her clean through, and she scored under the posts. Karis Cheng converted; 7/0 to HKS Kukris. Tigers responded well, only for Kukris to soak up the pressure. Then Kukris won the ball and displayed excellent team work. Twice the ball carrier was tackled, only to execute an offload, putting Chung Hau-yi through to score. Again Karis Cheng converted; 14/0. With halftime approaching Tigers looked to reduce their deficit, but Nieve Heskin gained the ball, drove through the defense and score Kukri’s third try. No conversion; 19/0 at halftime.
After an exceptionally thorough motivational briefing, Tigers came out with intent. But they reckoned without the Kukris defensive wall. Time and again the Tigers surged forward. Time and again the Kukris repelled. Then, with Kukris in possession, the ball was worked wide to winger Hui Man-ling, who sprinted from the halfway line to score under the posts. Again Karis Cheng converted; 26/0. But Tigers refused to give up and resumed their assault getting ever closer to the try line. A penalty against them seemed to have cleared the danger. But a hasty, as opposed to quick, tap left Kukris unsupported. Tigers pounced, stole the ball and easily scored in the corner. No conversion; 26/5. Kukris responded with another attack, while Tigers sought to regain the ball. However, neither team was able to trouble the scoreboard before the referee blew fulltime. Kukris victorious meet Tai Po in the semifinals, while Tigers will be disappointed with the result.
HKF KUKRIS v Valley Red 8th October 2016
HKS Kukris 37 / Valley Red 15
After a disappointing opening game to the season against Gai Wu, when the Kukris failed to score, the players were understandably nervous against Valley Red. But a vocal home crowd proved to be just the encouragement they needed. The Kukris quickly settled, put Valley under sustained pressure, and it wasn’t long before Ket Robinson went over in the corner. Karis Cheng was unlucky with the conversion, which bounced off the upright. Before Valley could respond, Kukris had scored through Fung Yuen-ting and Hui Man-ling, making it three tries in the spate of seven minutes. Again the conversions were unsuccessful. The pressure on Valley’s try line continued, but they managed to secure the ball and kick up pitch. But Hui Man-ling caught the ball, accelerated away and scored in the opposite corner. No conversion. Half-time score 20/0 to HKS Kukris.
The second half continued in the same vein. Nieve Heskin, one of the Kukris’ new players from Chicago, exploited a gap and scored under the posts. Karis Cheng made no mistake with the conversion. But Valley responded well, swiftly moving down the field and scoring, 27/5. Any thoughts of a comeback were quickly extinguished, as Crystal Lee, who had an excellent day on the pitch, powered over the line for a classic forwards’ try. But shortly after, as Valley again sought to break out of their own 22, fullback Ket Robinson was deemed to have tip tackled the ball carrier and shown a yellow card. Before Valley could make use of their numerical advantage, Kukris regained possession and passed to Hui Man-ling, who scored her hat-trick, again in the corner. But by now Kukris were looking ragged, and conceding penalties. Valley regrouped and swiftly scored two unconverted tries, but ran out of time to add to the score. Final score 37/15 to HKS Kukris.
Overall a great game for HKS Kukris, who, with the exception of the last ten minutes will be pleased with the performance.
HK Scottish Kukris Pick Up First Silverware
The new HK Scottish Kukris ladies team picked up their first silverware recently as they took home the Bowl at Gai Wu Ladies Tens Tournament, beating out Valley 15-0 in the final.
With the team very much in its infancy, it is a great result for the girls as they build towards the start of the season.
HK Scottish Kukris Ladies at Kings Park on 24th Aug 2013
The Hong Kong Scottish Kukris, the new ladies team, make their first ever appearance at the Hong Kong Scottish Day, and what a debut it was as they took down HKCC ladies 20-5 with some exceptional rugby from the girls. In their 2nd game of the day they came up against reigning HK 15s champions Gai Wu and the girls put in a great effort before going down 24-7. Great to see the team up and running and we look forward to seeing them in action in the Ladies 15s league this year.
HK Scottish Kukris Ladies Team to Launch for 2013/14