Hong Kong League champions Valley will badly miss flyhalf Carl Murray and will have their work cut out in winning their first Asian Dragons Inter City Series title by defeating Tao Yuan County in Taipei tomorrow. Jim Walker, coach of the DeA outfit who lost 31-19 to the Taiwanese last Saturday, believes Valley will have to keep the ball tight and play with their forwards if a Hong Kong team are to retain the crown for the second year running in this entertaining competition that also features three teams from mainland China. Last year Hong Kong Football Club emerged as champions. Club could not defend their title as they failed to qualify in the local playoffs. 'There are no guarantees that Valley can win. They will have to keep it tight. I would expect the Taiwanese to push them all the way,' said Walker. DeA succumbed by five tries to three to Tao Yuan County. Valley will have most of their players available for the crucial clash. But they will badly miss their midfield general Murray who is still recovering from breaking his nose in the 13-13 draw against the China Agricultural University last month in Beijing. 'Carl's absence is a big blow to us. He broke his nose in six places up in Beijing and unfortunately is still unavailable. We will miss him but hopefully we have enough cover in the backs to make up for it,' player-coach Rodney McIntosh said. McIntosh is returning from an ankle injury and will start on the bench. Apart from Murray, other absentees are injured hooker Stu Denton and winger Kevin O'Connell who is away on business. Valley will pin their hopes on Robin Bredbury, filling in for Murray, to orchestrate the attack. They will be up against a Taiwan keen to keep their unblemished home ground record intact. 'It will be a big game. They have got explosive backs and they have the home advantage. But we are looking forward to it. It is a real final,' McIntosh said. Valley currently trail Tao Yuan County by two points and know that only a win will see them lift the championship. The Taiwanese, debuting in the tournament, have been in impressive form, winning all four games so far and in the process collecting three bonus points by scoring four or more tries against Shanghai Sports Institute, CAU and DeA. Against DeA, they led 14-7 at the break before DeA tied the score at 19-all going into the last quarter. 'At half-time, I thought we would go out and finish the job. But they scored two tries against the run of play in the last few minutes, which shows they are a well-drilled side,' Walker said. DeA will travel to Shanghai to play their final match in the competition. The best they can hope to finish is fourth. 'It has been a great competition. I fully applaud the Hong Kong Rugby Union for staging it,' Walker added. Meanwhile, the League Championship will kick off tomorrow with Football Club taking on Kowloon in the First Division. The two mainland Chinese teams who are also figuring in the competition, CAU and the PLA, will meet in Guangzhou.