City University (CityU) won the tertiary final of the Touch and Tag Tournament 2000, thanks to its well- established rugby team and the devotion of the players. The CityU team defeated Chinese Youth, which comprised players from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Institute of Vocational Education (Tsing Yi), 5-4. CityU Rugby Club president Brian Wong Siu-yin, 21, attributed the success to the team having the longest history among tertiary institutes. 'Our rugby club was officially set up in 1998,' he said. 'But before that, some former students and staff had already formed a team, and the former students help us train new players.' Mr Wong said it was hard to persuade boys to join the club, not to mention girls. 'We had only one female member when we first started. Now we have over 100 members and about a dozen are females.' He said Hong Kong people had a wrong perception of rugby in general. 'They see it as a dangerous sport, but in fact it is not. There are two types of rugby - tackle and tag. Tackle is more dangerous because it involves more body contact, while tag is all about speed, skill and technique.' Club member Winnie Lo Wing-yan, 21, said rugby was an exciting and challenging game. 'There are only a few girls in the club,' she said. 'In the beginning, I also thought rugby was a dangerous game. But once I started playing, I really liked it. The other members were very tolerant and patiently taught us.' Although boys were physically stronger than girls, Ms Lo said girls had their own strengths. 'Girls have better team spirit, a better temperament and can stay calm on the field.' Another member, Alison Kwok Lai-ting, 20, said she often suffered minor injuries, but that did not keep her away from the game. 'You often hurt your elbows, hands, arms and knees, but you will not get serious injuries. 'The game gives me a very good and exciting feeling. We share the same goal and we work together. I also enjoy the sense of freedom I get from running on the field.' Kwai Cheung-chak, 24, has been playing tag rugby for two years. He said strategy was the most important factor in the game. 'Rugby used to be a game for Westerners. Our build is not as big as theirs, which is a disadvantage, so we have to come up with good strategies to win.' He said it was also important to build up speed, which was one of the strengths of Asian players.