The dearth of quality second-row forwards in Hong Kong was highlighted last night as a local Barbarians outfit tumbled to a 15-8 defeat at the hands of Western Australia at Mongkok Stadium. Missing the pair of lock forwards - Roger Patterson and Steve Pengelly - who fronted up in Hong Kong's 20-0 win over the tourists on Sunday, the home team struggled throughout yesterday, with their lineout and scrums a poor resemblance to the set pieces in the first game. The experiment of using Benu Ananaiasa (a winger by trade) and Ross Duncan (backrower) in the second row badly misfired. And with no real substitutes on the bench, they did the best they could. In Benu's case, it was not for long. The lanky Fijian dislocated his shoulder midway through the first half and was forced to retire. His absence resulted in John Dingley coming into the back row and shunting Ian Cooke, normally a prop, into the second row. Yes, Hong Kong's makeshift forwards played musical chairs last night. And when the music stopped, Western Australia had waltzed away with a narrow win. The fact that they were made to fight every inch of the way for the two-tries-to-one victory over the experimental lineup must be encouraging for coach Phil Campbell, who will today announce his Pacific Rim squad. While Hong Kong struggled in the lineouts, the visitors lifted their performance in this department. Hong Kong struck early in the game when flyhalf Carl Murray converted a penalty. But the lead was shortlived. Western Australia scored their first points on tour through some enterprising play by skipper and flanker Geoff Barnes, who capped a concerted period of pressure by slipping through for a try near the posts. Flyhalf Adam Whitehead converted to give the Aussies a 7-3 lead. The visitors increased their lead through another Whitehead penalty, but Hong Kong whittled the lead down through some fine individual work by captain-for-the-day Stephen Kidd. A lovely break by centre Luciano Afeaki almost resulted in a try but for a deliberate knock-on. The ensuing penalty was quickly tapped by Kidd who then jinxed his way 20 metres past a clutch of defenders to score a neat try. Murray missed the conversion but Hong Kong were in touching distance at the turnaround. Western Australia went farther ahead through a great solo effort from teenage winger Kane Allen 10 minutes into the second half. Allen's try began deep inside his own 22. Hong Kong were on the attack when Afeaki attempted a chip kick which was knocked down by Allen. The winger collected the ball, kicked a grubber deep into Hong Kong territory and beat Paul Dingley and Ian Cooke to the ball. Whitehead missed the conversion but Western Australia held on to their lead. 'The wheels are back on track and I know we can play 50 per cent better,' said Western Australian coach Jamie Hohapata.