IAN Brownlee is convinced the People's Liberation Army (PLA) are a force to be reckoned with - on the rugby field - after he watched them demolish the Hong Kong Under-23s 50-11 in Guangzhou yesterday. The Hong Kong coach had nothing but praise for the PLA, who outscored Hong Kong by eight tries to one in an 'exhilarating' exhibition game. It was a sombre international debut for the Hong Kong Under-23s, who were formed this season to bridge the gap between the under-19 and the senior levels. 'They are a big side who have the ability to keep the ball in play. Their props are bigger than anyone in Hong Kong . . . Rob Grindlay would not look a big guy beside them,' said Brownlee. The under-23s' points came from the boot of Tony Woods, who put over two penalties, and from a try by DeA winger Andy Wong. 'We did not run at them in the first half . . . we were also beaten in all departments,' added Brownlee. The territory will meet the Chinese Agricultural University today in the final game of their brief incursion.