THE Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's development squad tumbled to an 18-6 defeat at the hands of Northern Territory in their opening game at the Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia yesterday. The defeat all but writes off Hong Kong's chances of winning the tournament played on a round-robin format, as the Northern Territory are regarded as the strongest off the five teams. 'We just could not keep the continuity going and finish off moves,' said disappointed coach Gary Cross. And there was further bad news for Hong Kong with three of their key forwards injured. They are captain Rob Bulloch, Hamish Bowden and Chris Meads. Prop forward Bulloch dislocated his collar bone during a warm-up game against a Northern Territory Country XV - Hong Kong won 13-12 - last Friday. The veteran forward was on the bench against Northern Territory and will face a fitness test today before Hong Kong's second match against Torres Strait. Lineout specialists Bowden and Meads were injured in yesterday's game. Bowden has hurt his back while Meads has a dislocation. 'We are in real trouble. All our specialists have been injured and things are not looking good,' said Cross. Cross is now looking to fly down replacements. The territory trailed Northern Territory 18-3 at half-time but only managed another penalty, courtesy of fly-half Jamie McKee, in the second half. Hong Kong failed in their quest to play catch-up rugby against a side which went on the defensive. 'In theory, if we had finished off all the moves, we could have put at least 35 points on the board,' said Cross. Bulloch's injury cleared the way for Hong Kong Dragons and Gai Wu's Alex Yuen to make an appearance. The other Dragons' player to make his debut at a senior level was little winger Chan Fuk-ping. Hong Kong: John Carser, Alan Clark, Alex Yuen, Chris Meads, Hamish Bowden, Brent Edwards, Steve Thompson, Warwick Heeson, Robbie Scanlan, Jamie McKee, Chan Fuk-ping, Tim Morrison, Pete Wooley, Keith Mitchell, Ewen Norris.