A Hong Kong Select XV found their feet in the second half to register a 30-8 win over Singapore at Happy Valley yesterday. Their victory brought to a successful conclusion the first part of the SAR's build-up to the Rugby World Cup 2003 Asian Zone qualifying competition. Now Hong Kong have to wait until after the Hong Kong Sevens, on March 24, for the whole squad to come together again, leaving coach Terry Hart wondering how unkind the fates can be. 'It is frustrating to say the least. We have had two good performances against Singapore and now it will be disrupted again due to the holidays and the Sevens programme. 'But it cannot be helped as the reputation of the Hong Kong Sevens has to be kept and the home team has to put on a good show for the local crowd,' said Hart. Beginning with only one player - skipper Jarrad Gallagher - from the starting lineup that tore Singapore apart, 57-8 in the one-off international on Thursday night, the Select XV struggled to find fluency in the first half. 'It was literally a game of two halves. We took a long time to settle down. We have been concentrating a lot on the Test side and it showed a little bit. But it came good in the second half,' said Hart. Hong Kong began to play with penetration and looked decisive as they scored three tries courtesy of flanker Kelvin Yip, and backs Ricky Cheuk and Alex Zenovic. Rob Naylor converted all three tries and also put over three penalties. Hart said the progress Hong Kong has made since they began their World Cup build-up by beating Taiwan 23-11 last December was commendable. 'We have taken huge steps. The fitness has improved and a team spirit has developed. The players are now starting to believe in themselves. But this intent has to grow for we won't get a second chance,' Hart added. Hong Kong are grouped with Thailand and the Arabian Gulf in the first round of the Asian Zone World Cup qualifiers.