The territory's native Welsh players succeeded where their more illustrious compatriots in Britain failed, beating Ireland to win the Hong Kong Country of Origin tournament at Aberdeen yesterday. Huw Williams' two tries were enough to give the local Welsh team a 12-0 victory in the final after both teams won their preliminary groups. Wales were beaten 30-17 by the Irish in a Five Nations encounter earlier this month before staging an amazing turnaround to beat title-contenders France 16-15 in their final match. Probably drawing inspiration from the French win, the Hong Kong Welsh went through their group matches without dropping a game, including a narrow 3-0 win over the Hong Kong French. They also scored wins over England (7-0), Japan (26-0) and Rest of the World (17-5). Ireland included the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's chief executive Pieter Schats in their team, but lost one match in their preliminary group, 5-12 to last year's winners New Zealand. But after beating Australia 8-0 and Hong Kong 19-7, the Irish needed to beat Scotland, who fielded Union chairman Stuart Leckie, by 10 points in their last pool match to pip New Zealand for a place in the final. A 13-0 victory over the Scots ensured that Ireland would qualify for the final while New Zealand were ruing their 7-0 defeat to Australia which ultimately prevented them from successfully defending their trophy. In the women's final, Hong Kong defeated England 10-5 in sudden death to win the Continental Cup. The tournament, in its second year, was played in a social spirit and fans were treated to a visit by three of the New Zealand players here for the Hong Kong Sevens, Jonah Lomu, captain Eric Rush and Dallas Seymour.