Semi Final - Valley 27 - HKFC 14 - 4th March 2017
At Happy Valley, the home side took the ascendancy early, skipping out to a 10-0 lead after 20 minutes thanks to a try to Ruan Duplooy and a conversion and a penalty to Ben Rimene.
HKFC reeled in the deficit thanks to back-to-back penalties from the boot of Nate de Thierry and some strong work by Jevon Groves and Josh Afu.
“At half-time we were on the wrong side of the ref and fair enough really, as we weren’t rolling away and were giving away penalties at the breakdown,” Valley coach Andrew Kelly said.
“When we cleared that up, we managed to stem the flow and I think that was the difference.”
The second half started with the score at 10-6 and again De Thierry benefitted from the good work of his teammates, kicking truly from close range to bring the margin back to a point. The undermanned and unfancied Football Club kept coming, heaping the pressure on Valley and forcing mistakes.
However it was Valley who managed the next score, stringing together multiple phases close to the Football Club line and eventually earning a penalty, which Rimene slotted to make it 13-9.
The momentum was back in Valley’s favour soon after when Matt Rosslee found the line, with the likes of Ally Maclay and Martin Muller leading the way for the hosts.
Rosslee’s try, converted by Rimene, pushed the margin to 11 points inside the final 20 minutes but the visitors refused to lie down, hitting back through a try to winger Charlie Higson-Smith.
Max Page missed his opportunity to bring the margin to within a try with a little over 10 minutes left, but it mattered little when Duplooy dotted down for the second time to put the result beyond doubt. Rimene again added the extras to make it 27-14, ensuring a victory that left Kelly happy but realistic.
“We are absolutely delighted to go through and that’s the positive out of it. We’ve had a good season, there have been some lows but generally we’ve worked hard as a group,” he said.
“I’d like to tidy up our tackle area a wee bit, our mauling play was awful and our line-outs are awful, so we’ll have to look at that,” added Kelly.
Valley 61 - HKCC 26 - February 19
Societe Generale Valley claimed their second straight Premiership title with an emphatic 61-26 win over Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC this afternoon.
Natixis HKFC beat Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers 37-8 while Kowloon continued their hot streak, beating Bloomberg Hong Kong Scottish, 28-17, in today’s other RugbyPass.com Premiership matches.
Valley brought their league campaign to a successful close with their 11th win of the year coming against three losses and a draw for 53 points on the table. Kowloon leap-frogged Scottish into second place with their away win at Shek Kip Mei, while HKFC finished fourth in the league, ahead of HKCC and Tigers.
Next week’s opening round of the Grand Championship will see HKFC host HKCC at Sports Road while Tigers travel to Shek Kip Mei to play Scottish. Both matches kick-off at 16.30.
“It was a brilliant day and it was a really good Valley day,” Valley coach Andrew Kelly said, after the club claimed four league titles this afternoon. We’ve got the week off now, but we’re going to make sure we’re firing for the semi.”
Valley accented their impressive finish with an eight-try demolition of the Cricketers, putting the game out of reach by half-time after surging out to a 40-14 lead on the back of a first-half hat-trick from centre Ryan Duplooy.
Valley scored six tries in the opening stanza with the first coming just six minutes into the proceedings, before Duplooy completed his natural hat-trick within a spell of 15 minutes.
Ben Rimene kept pace with Duplooy’s efforts, converting five of Valley’s six tries before running the cycle in the second half with a try, two penalties, a drop goal and a late conversion – good for 26 points on the afternoon.
Centre Andrew Krelle scored two first half tries for HKCC with full-back James Love adding both conversions, but late tries from Valley wing Ryan Meacheam and prop Grant Kemp extended the champions’ lead to 40-14 at the break.
Rimene kept the scoreboard ticking over in the second half with an early penalty, which was followed by a try from winger Jean-Baptiste Aldige. Rimene slotted the conversion and a drop goal later in the half and finished strong with a penalty and a try in the final quarter. HKCC’s second half points came off tries from Robbie McDonald and Salafai Mika, with Love adding a conversion.
11th February Valley 29 HK Scottish 3
Societe Generale Valley all but secured their second consecutive league championship with a bonus-point 29-3 win over Bloomberg HK Scottish in the Rugbypass.com Men’s Premiership on Saturday.
Valley now lead their closest rival Scottish by five points with only one round remaining, as well as boasting a far superior points difference that ensures only a miracle could see Scottish take top spot.
After Scottish scored first through a penalty to fly half Gregor McNeish, Valley piled on 29 unanswered points en route to a comprehensive victory.
“I think focus wise it is probably up there [with our best wins of the season],” Valley coach Andrew Kelly said.
“The guys were really clued in, stuck to the systems we were after and the defence was great. Only letting in three points was superb.”
It took until the 14th minute of the game for McNeish to open the scoring, with his penalty following a yellow card to Valley’s Toby Fenn.
Both sides displayed a willingness to throw the ball around but neither got too close to their opponent’s line in the first quarter, besides an effort from Scottish winger Ben Cullen that came up agonisingly short.
If anything, going a man down sparked Valley into action, with the league leaders attacking with more purpose. Their efforts were rewarded after 23 minutes, with centre Tiger Bax slicing through the Scottish defensive line to cross and make it 5-3 in his side’s favour.
Prop Grant Kemp was in on the act soon after for Valley, finding the line to make it 10-3. The margin would have been greater if not for the wayward kicking of Ben Rimene, with the usually reliable Valley fly half missing a penalty and two conversions.
His opposite number McNeish had a chance to narrow the margin just before the break, but couldn’t quite go the journey from out wide.
The second half saw Scottish attack with renewed vigour, although a string of handling errors hindered their progress.
“We have just got to execute, we got in their 22 probably six or seven times and out of that five or six of those we turned the ball over,” Scottish coach Craig Hammond said.
“It’s a learning curve for us and we’ve got to win next week and try and get a home semi-final.”
The host’s best chance for a try came 10 minutes into the second half when Marcus Ramage leapt over the line, only to be held up and forced out of play.
As they so often do, Valley found a way to wrest back momentum and were rewarded when replacement prop Taukiha’amea Koloamatangi barged over for a try to make it 15-3.
The margin remained at 12 points entering the final quarter of the match, but Valley could smell blood and continued to stretch the Scottish defence.
Matt Rosslee, who started on the bench, put the result beyond doubt with a try with 15 minutes remaining, with Rimene finally finding his radar to slot the conversion and push the margin out to 19 points.
Valley was in the points again in the shadows of the final siren, earning a penalty try which Rimene duly converted. The visitors finished full of running to show they’ll again be hard to stop in the race for the grand championship.
“For me the job isn’t done, we’re at home [next week against Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC], it’s the last game of the season and we need to win,” Kelly said.
“That’s the bottom line. I’ve always said we need to build momentum towards the final so you just cannot stop playing for any reason. We need to focus massively on Cricket Club. They almost beat us last time so we’ll be up for it.”
Valley 33 - HKFC 14 Write up via HKRUGBY website
VALLEY STAY TOP OF LADDER AFTER STATEMENT WIN OVER HKFC14 Jan 2017
Societe Generale Valley signalled their intent in round 12 of the Rugbypass.com Men’s Premiership on Saturday, dismantling Natixis HKFC with a sublime display to win the RugbyPass.com Game of the Week, 33-14, at Football Club.
After an even opening, Valley put on a show either side of the break to blow their opponents out of the water and warn they are still every bit the force of years past.
“It’s up there [with some of the best rugby we have played this season], we are playing with a tempo that we want to play with and a power that we want to play with,” Valley coach Andrew Kelly said.
“Sometimes the guys look good but it is trying to get that for 80 minutes. I was impressed by the work rate of the guys, the power of our forward pack going forward looked good and the work rate of all the guys, it was a squad effort of all 23.”
It was HKFC who opened the scoring, crossing on the back of some brilliant work from Tom Isaacs, with the former Wales sevens player splitting the Valley defence with a scintillating run up the wing. After beating several defenders, Isaacs administered the perfect grubber kick, allowing Niall Rowark to touch down. Nathan de Thierry added the extras to cap a perfect start for the hosts.
The remainder of the first quarter was evenly matched, with a de Thierry missed penalty the only real scoring opportunity for either side.
A Valley side boasting current Hong Kong players Toby Fenn, Ben Rimene and Max Woodward, among others, found another gear as the first half progressed. After keeping HKFC in their half for some time, the visitors erased the deficit through a barnstorming Matthew Bell try, with Ben Rimene converting the winger’s good work to make it 7-7.
A yellow card to Charles Higson-Smith for a high tackle after 34 minutes didn’t help HKFC’s cause and Valley continued the attack. They drove the HKFC line further and further back through multiple phases before prop Taukiha’amea Koloamatangi found the line to give the visitors the lead for the first time.
Rimene was again on target from the tee to make it 14-7 and the last 10 minutes of the half was all Valley, with Ruan Duplooy also crossing to push the score out to 19-7 at the break.
Niall Rowark also found himself in the bin in the dying stages of the first half, further hampering his side’s chances.
Valley were irresistible in the opening stages of the second half, with Fenn and Grant Kemp both scoring tries as the score blew out to 33-7.
The Valley blitz was followed by a lengthy stalemate, with both side’s struggling somewhat for continuity and failing to trouble the scorers.
HKFC found some solace with a try to Ben Axten-Burrett after 70 minutes, with de Thierry’s conversion trimming the margin back to 19 points.
It was HKFC who finished the match the better, but the damage was well and truly done by that point.
“I think we eased up maybe a little bit but they’re a good side and they came back at us and I knew they would but we showed some really good heart at the end which was really pleasing,” Kelly said.
7th January 2017
Valley 15 - Kowloon 25
It was a disappointing result for the home side which rued having the new laws exposed with 3 head high tackles leaving the side down to 14 men for 30 minutes of the game. "I am disappointed with the guys today, losing 3 men through ill discipline is a coach killer. We will go back to the drawing board and focus on getting the tackle height down. I am disapointed about how we have fronted today after the Christmas break". Having lead early and having ascendancy Valley suffered a yellow card to Ally Maclay, Martin Muller and Nick Hewson. Valley fought hard to the end but suffered the momentum of a hungry Kowloon who took advantage of the numerical advantage.
15th December 2016 Valley 25 - Hong Kong Scottish 6
Twas the last game before Christmas and Valley were playing at home in a 1 vs 2 clash with the winner taking the leading spot in terms of the league for the Christmas break.
Valley brought one of their best performaces of year together with every player putting in a performance. The first half saw some suplime control from Ben Rimene at 10 and centers Tiger Bax and Eric Maloney were able to do some damage up front. Valley went to half time break with a 10 - 3 lead courtosy to a Nick Hewson try from a rolling maul and the reliable boot of Rimene.
The 2nd half brought intense spells of sustained rugby from both Valley and Scottish. Valley were able to score another couple of tries. Reece Hamon was able to dart down the blindside for sneaky opportunist try whist Thomas Lamboley was able to take advantage of a dominant scrum for a push over try. Rimenes boot collecting 10 points for the night.
Coach Andrew Kelly reflected on the performance " I was really pleased with the guys tonight. I asked for a desired display and I beleive that I got that. It's great for the camp going into the Christmas break to come off with a win like this against a very good and nuggetty Hong Kong Scottish side."
10th December 2016 - Valley 31 - HKCC 29 - Report Courtesy of HKRU
In possibly the most enthralling round of the RugbyPass.com Men’s Premiership thus far this season, Societe Generale Valley landed a momentous come-from-behind 31-29 victory over Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC at Aberdeen.
Kowloon snuck home by the narrowest of margins with an 18-17 win over Bloomberg HK Scottish, while Natixis HKFC smashed Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers 42-17.
Valley regained top spot with their unlikely victory, snatching the lead late through a Tiger Bax try and a Ben Rimene conversion after at one point trailing 20-3.
“Credit to them, coming straight at us, 20 points to three lead, which they deserved,” Valley coach Andrew Kelly said.
“To come back and win the game was great, but we really need to assess why we gave so many points away and so easily. We’ve got a few injuries and we can’t get that consistency that we’re looking for, but we’ll get there.”A manic HKCC had Valley on the hop early, with the hosts’ pressure at the breakdown proving decisive as they skipped out to a 13-3 lead after 20 minutes.
After Valley fly half Ben Rimene had opened the scoring with a penalty, HKCC fullback James Love followed up with two of his own.
It was a Liam Slatem charge down that led to HKCC’s first try, with Robbie MacDonald capitalising on the scrum half’s good work to touch down.
The home side maintained its intensity and for periods in the first half Valley looked genuinely rattled.
Slatem continued to exert his influence on proceedings and stretched the margin when he crossed on 30 minutes, with Love’s conversion taking the score to 20-3.
When Valley stalwart Nick Hewson was sent to the sin-bin with HKCC in attack in the dying stages of the first half, an increase in the deficit looked on the cards.
However a handling error by the hosts enabled Valley to break, with Ally Maclay putting the finishing touches on a sublime piece of play.
Rimene was wayward with the conversion, leaving HKCC with a 20-8 lead at the break.
Valley showed far more stability in the second half, controlling play early as Rimene and Love each booted a penalty.
Hewson re-entered the fray with a bang, barging over after some sustained attacking from Valley, allowing Rimene to convert and trim the margin to just five points.
As the lights came on, both sides continued to concede penalties, with the score moving along to 29-21.
When HKCC lost MacDonald to a yellow card, Rimene slotted the resultant penalty, pulling Valley back to within five points as the clock ticked down.
It was Valley who were finishing the match with more gusto – at one point crossing only to be held up by a determined HKCC line – and eventually they found the score they needed.
Cricket Club coach Kevin West identified plenty of positives in the match despite his side suffering another close loss.
“We are happy with a lot of what we saw, particularly in that first half,” West said.
“It was a battleground and we lost a lot of players throughout the course of the match, so to still be there at the death is great testament to the guys. Obviously we went a bit off script, we had the opportunities to close out that game and made the wrong decisions and in the end that is what cost us.”
3rd December 2016 - Valley 15 - Tigers 10
Valley put their season back on track this week with a grinding 15-10 win against Tigers. Valley were able to get 15 points from the boot of Ben Rimene who's accurate boot was to the fore for Valley who controlled most of the possession of the game but were unable to crack the defence of Tigers.
Coach Andrew Kelly summed the performance up as " I was happy to get the win, the boys responded in some areas from training but we still have a way to go to be where I want to be. Some key errors are costing us in try scoring positions. We will be looking to become a more clinical side in the coming games."
To view highlights of the game view at this link
26th November 2016 - Segment taken from HKRU website.
Kowloon handed Valley their second loss of the season, 20-13, at King’s Park, in a match that they never trailed. Kowloon conceded just three penalties and a penalty try to a Valley side that could have been suffering a Cup of Nations hangover, with ten of its team coming off three test matches in the last fortnight.
Kowloon had its share of internationals in action as well, and one of those, flanker James Cunningham, was first across the line for the hosts in the 20th minute. Fly half Jack Neville added the conversion in another bulletproof performance with the boot, as Kowloon claimed a 7-0 lead. Flanker James Sawyer added to Kowloon’s lead ten minutes later with a try that was converted by Neville to push the lead to 14 points.
Valley’s lone reply came in the 40th minute through a penalty from fly half Ben Rimene to bring the score to 14-3 at half-time. Rimene ushered Valley back to within touching distance in the second half, adding a second penalty and a conversion of a penalty try in the 58th minute, as they clawed back to 14-13 ahead of the final quarter.
A stalemate ensued, with Neville’s boot the only difference. His 64th minute penalty gave Kowloon some respite at 17-13, and he added the icing on the cake with a second penalty on full-time to bring the final score to 20-13.
Neville’s ten point effort brings him to 73 points for the season, second in the scoring stakes to McNeish, whose 11-point tally in atrocious conditions in the late game moved him to 77 for the season.
29th October 2016 - Segment taken from HKRU website.
Valley's club day the premiership side took a step up and beat HKFC 28-21
HKFC got within two points of Valley late in the game after a Jamie Lauder try, before winger Doug Fluker answered to give Valley what proved to be the winning lead.
Valley coach Andrew Kelly praised his side’s effort but heads into the two-week international break with plenty on his mind:
“It was absolutely fantastic, last line ditch defence, brilliant, but my problem is how we got there,” Kelly said. “We shouldn’t be in that position. We’ve got issues that we really need to address, turning over the ball, penalties and just relieving pressure on the opposition.”
In the first half, Valley jumped out to a 6-0 lead early on the back of two Ben Rimene penalties but then seemed to rest on its laurels, allowing HKFC to dictate play at times as the first half wore on. A Ben Axten-Burrett try opened the visitors account and Max Page’s extras put HKFC in front 7-6, a scoreline that would remain until the break.
The game opened up in the second half and when Rimene struck another penalty to give Valley a 9-7 lead, HKFC never again hit the front. Grant Kemp crossed for the home side soon after as Valley looked in control at 16-7, but HKFC wouldn’t lie down as prop Leon Wai dragged his side back into the contest with a team-lifting try.
“They are far better than the first time we played them at the start of the season, they’ve improved and they made us really work for it,” Kelly said.
Valley proved too strong again - remaining top of the ladder ahead of the international break.
22nd October 2016 - Societe Generale Valley 24 Vs Kowloon 18
Match report from HK Rugby website.
In Happy Valley, cracks started to appear in the home side’s efforts to defend their double championship as the understrength defenders were pushed to the brink at home in a 24-18 victory over Kowloon.
Valley’s efforts to play out wide early on were stymied by some committed and opportunistic Kowloon defence. The visitors recovered from an early Valley penalty, struck by fly half Ben Rimene, to take an 8-3 lead midway through the half after fly half Jack Neville scored an intercept try and later added a penalty.
Valley centre Ally Maclay kept his side in the match with a brace of tries on either side of halftime, the first coming in the 38th minute to level the scores at 8-all before Rimene’s conversion provided a slim 10-8 margin. Kowloon stormed back late in the half with their second try coming off a line-out and driving maul to put the visitors back in the lead, 15-10 at the break.
Maclay’s second try came in the opening stages of the second half with Rimene’s conversion edging Valley ahead 17-15, a lead they were to build on in the 54th minute after a try from No.8 Thomas Lamboley. Rimene’s conversion pushed the margin to 24-15 before Neville narrowed the gap with his second penalty of the match to close out the scoring at 24-18.
A deep bench was an essential attribute in last season’s successful run to the double for Valley but that depth has been tested in the first round of the Premiership. Valley were without key players like Ryan Meacheam, Tiger Bax and Reece Hamon, all injured or unavailable today, and suffered another blow when Max Woodward was forced off the pitch with an elbow injury, forcing coach Andrew Kelly to call upon his brigade of young guns.
Three U20s players figured prominently including 17-year old winger Sam Jupp, who earned the start in Meacheam’s absence, while Paul Altier and William Beattie both came on as reserves. Another recent U20s player JW Markley came on for captain Dayne Jans in the second half. The infusion of fresh legs and a more direct gameplan made the difference in the final forty minutes as Valley scored 14 straight points without reply.
Deano Herewini, Director of Rugby for Valley, chalked up today’s struggles to a tepid start, saying, “We took ages to get into the game. Our game plan was to get the ball wide but full credit to Kowloon their defence put us under a lot of pressure and their line speed was impressive. At times we may have tried to play with a bit too much width and we allowed Kowloon to capitalize on some of our errors.”
Positive halftime adjustments saw Valley adopt a more direct approach with significant success.
“We were frustrated in our attempts to play wide so after halftime we focused on getting more strike plays into the game and playing more direct options. We carried the ball much better and started to build some momentum off those runs,” Herewini added.
Valley will face HKFC next week ahead of the break for the international test window in November and Herewini is hoping his side has one more big performance in it before the much-needed hiatus.
“We’ve done well to manage our numbers and have won some good matches despite the injury toll. I was really pleased with the performance of the young guys, they really stepped up when we needed them. We continue to play good rugby and are managing to hold our own despite the injuries. I’m sure it is a similar situation for most of the clubs in the Premiership at this stage.
“Next week we will have to front up against Football Club on our club day. Hopefully we can reach the test window with another win to set us up for the bye weeks,” Herewini concluded.
15th October 2016
Societe Generale Valley RFC vs HKCC - (Loss) 10-15
The Valley side played at home with the Broony Quaich on the line, and with an intense first half which saw Valley defend their line for a long phase of play and had the scores tied at nil all with both kickers missing shots from long range, HKCC were able to take advantage of Valley having a man in the bin and score in the corner with Rowan Varty going over. Half Time HKCC 5-0
In the second half, Valley found themselves trying to play catch up rugby and fundamentally got caught playing in the wrong areas and HKCC captain Liam Slatem was able to swoop from loose ball and put the score at 12-0. Valley were able to trim the margin with Reece Hamons boot whilst HKCC fullback James Love was able to extend the HKCC to 15 - 3. With 10 mins remaining Valley were able to score a nice try with Doug Fluker in the corner. which was converted making the it 15-10 with minutes remaining. Valley had 2 mins to try and score a last gasp try to steal a last minute victory but it wasn't to be.
Coach Andrew Kelly commented " Well done to HKCC they were the better side today and put us under pressure in the right areas. I am obviously disappointed in the errors that we made. We will look at reducing the errors this week and look to put an improved performance out this weekend."
8th October 2016
Societe Generale Valley RFC vs Hong Kong Scottish - (Win) 31-17
The Valley team travelled to Shek Kip Mei where the wide pitch was welcomed by a couple of returning 7s players in Max Woodward and Ryan Meacheam who both showed their evasion and speed skills on the wide pitch at "The Rock", meanwhile new recruit Doug Fluker also flourished on the wide outsides picking up a brace. The Valley side dominated set piece early and went into half time with a 21-10 lead through tries to Doug Fluker and Dayne Jans whilst the reliable boot of Matthew Rosslee ensured the board was ticking over. The 2nd half was a seesaw with both teams playing in patches well. Scottish's hooker Lachlan Chubb was able to cross the line in his 50th outing for the club. Chubb was an inspiration for Scottish leading from the front.
Valley's coach was happy to come away with a bonus point win, but still warned there is room for improvement from the guys. “It’s our first five point win, so absolutely pleased,” he said. “We managed to hit the areas we wanted to and we had some individual bits of good play that led to tries. We wanted to use the width and get it to the wide channels and then play from there. I think we did that in spells but we switched off a few times.”
Man of the match for his fine set piece display was Leif Johansson.
Back of the day was Doug Fluker
Tries: Ryan Meacheam, Dayne Jans, Doug Fluker (2)
Penalties: Matthew Rosslee (2)
Conversions: Matthew Rosslee (3)
The Valley premiership side leads the league as the only unbeaten team by a clear 5 points. Their next game is on the 22 January vs HKCC as they look to defend the Broony Quaich at the Valley.
Societe Generale Valley RFC Knights vs HKCC (Win) 32 - 28
On a sweaty afternoon at the home of Hong Kong Rugby, the tekkerhood travelled to the dark side to take on the boys from Aberdeen. An early penalty to Kopetsky for an HKCC offside infringement put the Knights ahead 3-0 after 2 mins. A loose clearing kick from HKCC saw the Knights return with interest and from the ensuing ruck, Kieran Coll bumped off a couple before ball through the hands on the blind saw Mozzie score in the corner for an 8-0 lead after 10 mins.
The next 10 mins saw some sustained pressure from HKCC who camped inside our 22, but a steal from Carpets and a break up the middle caught HKCC off their feet at the next breakdown and Kopetsky slotted the penalty for a 11-0 lead.
Slack control from the kickoff and a missed tackle in midfield saw HKCC stroll under the posts and the conversion saw the lead cut to 11-7. Continued pressure from HKCC, in particular their new centre who picked and go from the ruck at half way scooted down the line, set up the ruck and HKCC scored again in the corner. Conversion was good and HKCC lead 14-11 with 5 to go.
Half time: Knights 11 v HKCC 14
Early penalty at start of second half saw Kopetsky tie it up at 14-14. But yet again, missed tackles saw the burly HKCC centre fend off a couple and score under the posts and retake the lead, 14-21. 20 in, pressure on the line and a 5-metre scrum saw pressure followed by Coll scoring and trim the lead to 2.
More pressure from the kick off and more opportunities saw a scrum penalty and Altier converted for the Knights to take a 22-21 lead. And again the Knights went on attack and more scrum pressure saw Paul Vartany score from the base and the conversion gave the Knights a 27-21 lead with 10 to go.
From the kick off, a 30-metre drive and a jink from Altier followed by a penalty saw the Knights kick for the corner and from the lineout, Benji Deschartes drove at the line to score. 32-21. A try in the corner from a lineout drive to HKCC saw the final score as Knights 32, HKCC 28.
Forward player of the day: Kieran Coll
Backs player of the day: Paul Altier
Valley Mavericks (Lost) 52-8
Valley Gauchos (Lost) 36-26
Valley Stallions (Lost) 20-18
Valley Ma Jai (Won) 13-12
1st October 2016, Societe Generale Valley RFC vs USRC Tigers 26-15 (Win)
It was a hot afternoon in Valley and two of the form teams were going toe to toe as Tigers were challenging for the Broony Quaich.
After starting well Valley were up with Dayne Jans scoring an early try off a long sequence of play and Matthew Rosslee continued his top flight form with the boot by slotting the conversion and a further two penalties early on. Valley seemed to dominate the majority of the first half with a strong set piece. However, a wee lapse of concentration late in the half gave Tigers the opportunity they were looking for inside the Valley 22, which they scored close to the posts through Tyler Spitz. It made the halftime score 13-7.
In the 2nd half, the game lost a bit of intensity with many errors from both sides, Tigers were able to execute a long distance try through Cadu Lee making the score 13-12. This led to Ally Maclay snaffling a try in close quarters and Matthew Rosslee was able to convert. The rest of the points came from traded penalties from Rosslee and the Tigers flyhalf Sam Ellis.
Final Score ended up being 26-15.
Valley Coach Andrew Kelly was quoted saying "I’m delighted with the win, but I don’t think we played particularly well. I felt we dropped our intensity at times in the game. Full credit to Tigers, they put us under real pressure and we didn’t cope with it very well, particularly in our 22. They fed off of our mistakes and scored some nice tries.”
Valley travel to The Rock this Saturday to take on Hong Kong Scottish for a 4:30pm KO.
23rd September 2016 - 34-6 win Societe Generale Valley vs HKFC
The Valley prem side played HKFC in the first league game of the season. It was a game played in close quarters with Valley holding a 6 nil advantage at half time. In the 2nd half pressure continued with penalties being traded to make the score 15-6. This is when Valley were able to grind away and take their opportunities with the South African trio of Tiger Bax, Matthew Bell and Grant Kemp all being able to cross the chalk. Matthew Rosslee was player of the match adding 19 points with his accurate boot and his direction at the pivot position helping Valley to their first win of the season. New Valley coach Andrew Kelly, a former player for the club, was pleased with his side’s start to the season but is not getting ahead of himself early.
“I’m absolutely delighted. It was a tough old battle in the first half and I think we just managed to convert the opportunities that we had a bit better than they did.”
The win saw Valley retain its grip on the Broony Quaich, which they picked up after last year’s opening Super Saturday clash before defending it for 14 consecutive weeks.