Thank heavens the Chinese believe in 'friendship first, competition second'. Otherwise, the Hong Kong Dragons could be on a hiding to nothing on Saturday when they meet the visiting Chinese national team in the second, and last, game on this inaugural tour. 'We don't consider it a match . . . friendship comes first,' said coach Zheng Hongjun yesterday. Was the Chinese coach kidding? Or had the seven-course Chinese meal - the entire team were feted to a lavish lunch by the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union yesterday at a five-star hotel - lulled him into magnanimity? A hearty 67-3 win over the Hong Kong Dragons in the curtain-raiser to the Pac Rim match last Saturday at the Aberdeen Stadium left Zheng faced with the inevitable question of whether more of the same was in store in the second game. 'No, we won't be able to score 100 points. But I believe we can play better. But the result does not really matter . . . friendship comes first,' said Zheng. This seems to be the party line the Chinese management is toeing. Minutes earlier, another senior official had sprouted the same 'friendship first, competition second' line. The Chinese are undoubtedly very grateful to the HKRFU for all the help it has given in the past few years. Yesterday, they remembered George Simpkin and K.K. Chiu, the pioneers of the local union's ambitious bid to propagate rugby across the frontier. 'We are very grateful to the Hong Kong union for all the help it has given us . . . in coaching, equipment, advice, etc. It is thanks to the union that we are now at this stage of development,' said Zhang Junhui, China's giant lock forward. Coach Zheng added: 'We are not paying attention to how many points we score. We just want to play better . . . and I know we can play better than we did last Saturday.' Ominous words indeed - friendship or not. Canada snuffed out Hong Kong's Plate hopes at the Air France Sevens on Sunday when they defeated the SAR 52-7 in the quarter-finals.