Tao Yuan County, Taiwan's sole representative in the Asian Dragons Inter City Series, showed yesterday they have a look about them that could pose a danger to Valley's bid to win the six-team competition this year. The Taiwanese made an auspicious debut when they drubbed China Agricultural University 39-13 at Happy Valley yesterday. Their performance will not have gone unnoticed among the spectators, including Valley's player-coach Paul Dingley, who watched the men in black run in five tries against their opponents. Tao Yuan County boast no fewer than nine players who have represented Taiwan at both 15s and sevens. With an average age of 23, they are all old boys of Chien Kuo High School, the premier academy for rugby players. 'We have been playing the game for nearly 90 years. And we have been playing in an all black strip for at least 50 years, before we knew about the All Blacks. I believe they originally chose black playing gear because it didn't dirty easily,' said Kaiser Chin, an official with the team. With the weight of history firmly behind them, it was only natural that Tao Yuan County had more tactical nous than their mainland Chinese counterparts who are still mere babes in world rugby. With eight players unavailable for the Hong Kong games, CAU coach Zheng Hongjun has had to bring along a large number of players who had taken up rugby only a couple of years ago. Still, the fact that CAU held Valley to a 13-13 draw last week had raised expectations. And when fullback Zhang Zhiqiang went over on the blindside to score a try in the opening minutes of the game there was the prospect of CAU regaining the lead at the top of the standings from Valley. But the Taiwanese settled down quickly and, playing a wide-ranging game, began to mount a concerted attack on the CAU goalline. Speedy winger Pai Ken-Hao opened scoring when he was on hand to complete a quickly taken tap by blindside flanker Yen Shang-hwa, who repeatedly caught the eye with his support play and superb defence. Zhang gave CAU the lead again with a penalty, but that was about the limit of CAU's resistance as the Taiwanese stepped up the tempo and the heat. 'The difference in the two sides was the skill factor. We have more experience than them. Having beaten them, we are now confident of winning the other two games against the Chinese teams. But the two Hong Kong teams will be harder,' predicted club chairman Hsu Shien-tze. Tao Yuan County will meet Shanghai Sports Institute on Wednesday while DeA take on CAU and Valley meet PLA Sports Institute. On yesterday's evidence, the crunch game is likely to be on November 17 when the Taiwanese host Valley.