SIX of one, half a dozen of the other. Whichever way the United States rugby team look at it, in the end they were well and truly beaten. A lacklustre American Eagles were hit for six tries yesterday as Hong Kong made clear their intention of winning the annual four-nation Pacific Rim Championship, winning 46-9 at the Aberdeen Stadium. Luke Nabaro and Carl Murray scored two tries each and the Dingley brothers, Jon and Paul, also touched down as Hong Kong went on the rampage. The rousing victory, which put unbeaten Hong Kong at the top of the Pac Rim standings, was claimed as 'good for Hong Kong rugby' by coach George Simpkin. 'The whole thing is looking healthy at the moment,' said Simpkin. He was happy with the way Hong Kong had bounced back from a mediocre performance against Japan a fortnight ago to totally dominate the Americans. 'We are now starting to get going. I didn't expect more from the first game as the guys had not played 15s rugby since February as they had concentrated mostly on sevens,' said Simpkin. As if the defeat was not enough, the Americans were also badly hit by the sight of hooker Tom Billups being stretchered off with a neck injury in the dying stages of the game. The most-capped American hooker, who played for Harlequins this season, was injured when a scrum buckled at the moment of packing down. 'He has broken a joint in his neck but there is no spinal cord damage. He will be out for about four months,' said Dr Mike Fleming, the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union physician, last night. The heat and humidity seemed to take a big toll on the Americans. They also could not cope with the flair of the Hong Kong backline, who finally showed the cutting edge. Winger Nabaro excelled as he ran rings around a non-existent defence, while fly-half Murray proved he is a player with plenty of vision and acumen. Chris Gordon, who kicked 16 points, was his usual cheeky self, while Riaz Fredericks and Wiremu Maunsell were solid in midfield, with full-back Vaughan Going adding punch and variation in attack. The backs had to thank the mobility and power of the Hong Kong forwards for the abundance of good recycled ball. Scrum-half Warren Warner's passing can improve, but yesterday he was hardly under any pressure as the Americans wilted. The visitors only held their own in the lineouts, thanks to tall timbers Luke Gross and Cliff Vogl, but possession was wasted thanks to some atrocious line kicking by fly-half Matt Alexander, which allowed Hong Kong to counter-attack at will. Hong Kong led 22-9 at half-time thanks to a brace of tries from Nabaro - his second saw him slip three tackles - and one by Jon Dingley. Murray began and ended the second half with a bang with two tries, and sandwiched in-between was one from Paul Dingley, who completed the family act with a try from close quarters.