If Paul Dingley was a betting man, he would most probably lay his shirt on the outcome of the 2000 Asian Triangular Series, which ends in Taipei today. The Hong Kong skipper was bubbling with confidence as a 21-strong squad left last night for this afternoon's crucial encounter. It is the decider of this year's tournament, which has been cut down to one-off games instead of the home-and-away format favoured last year. 'While we cannot afford to be over-confident or arrogant, I feel we can return home victorious if we play to our strengths,' said Dingley. And those strengths will mainly lie in Hong Kong's set of forwards which the redoubtable Dingley leads. The hardworking No 8 played against Taiwan for the first time a fortnight ago when Asia's number-three team - behind Japan and South Korea on the 1998 Asian Championship rankings - stopped over for a friendly which Hong Kong won 38-15. Having got a feel of what it is like playing against the faster Taiwanese, Dingley now wants more. 'It will be a harder match than what we experienced here. For one thing they will be playing on their home turf. But if we retain our ball better and play at our own pace, I'm confident we will win,' said Dingley. He added: 'I'm happy with the way things have gone so far. Our defence is solid enough. It is just a matter of using every attacking chance that comes our way.' There were few such opportunities last week against Singapore, the other team in this tournament. Hong Kong stuttered to an unconvincing 30-6 victory. If not for two tries from Dingley and one from lock Roger Patterson in the last quarter, Hong Kong might have finished the game with red faces. 'It is all about retaining your ball and creating a defence hard to breach,' said coach Phil Campbell. The midfield defence will miss the solid presence of centre Rodney McIntosh, who has not recovered from a dislocated shoulder incurred in the first half of the match against Singapore. Another big loss will be the absence of flanker Hamish Bowden, who pulled out at the last minute due to an ear infection. McIntosh's absence will be somewhat nullified by the return of Jon Clarke from injury. Simon Tasker will replace Bowden, but is expected to be on the bench today with Dave Smith starting. SQUAD Hong Kong: Matt Deayton, Rambo Leung Yung-kit, Glenn Tracey, Roger Patterson, Chris Brooke, Brent Edwards, Dave Smith, Paul Dingley (captain), Robin Bredbury, Carl Murray, Allan Warner, Rory Dickson, Jon Clarke, Owain Morrison, Chan Fuk-ping, Mark Loynd, Peter Choy, Rob Naylor, Lee Cheuk-yin, Mark Avery, Simon Tasker.