Hong Kong Football Club's senior team will try to take the first cathartic step towards a semblance of normality when they come up against Asahi Valley in the First Division League today. Still finding it hard to come to terms with the atrocity that ended the lives of their friends, DHL Club will attempt to pick up the pieces when they meet their arch-rivals for the first time in the league this season. In the past any clash between these two sides has always evoked portrayals of unforgiving rivalry. But this time the encounter is tinged with the utter hopelessness of the Bali bombing. Football Club coach Andrew Tranent says the futility of it all still lingers among the players. 'It has been difficult for the players who have found it hard to deal with the frivolous nature of playing rugby on a Saturday. It has been very hard to concentrate on the rugby these past few days. But I feel the club is coming together positively,' said Tranent. It will be the first outing for the Football Club senior side since members of their social side, Club Vandals, lost their lives in Bali a fortnight ago. Last Saturday, DHL Club received a bye. Today they will attempt to win in memory of those lost friends. 'Every Valley-Club encounter is special. But it will be a little more special tomorrow. They will be playing for those guys who lost their lives,' said Valley convenor Grant Beauzeval. He added: 'But we are not going there to just make up numbers.' That is never part of the Valley psyche. Beating Football Club is always a pleasure for Valley. And there is also the little matter of coming up against former teammates who have changed strip this season. Football Club No 8 Paul Dingley and outside centre Luciano Afeaki, if he recovers from injury, are certain to get a hot reception. 'It certainly adds a bit of spice. Coming up against PD [Paul Dingley] will make it more interesting. This will be the first time that I will play against him. It is going to be a real game of rugby and it will be quite exciting,' said Valley's stand-in captain and hooker Stu Denton. Last Saturday, Valley struggled a bit before beating Kowloon 28-22 with the winning score coming right at the end. Valley player-coach Semi Iafeta has now told his charges to keep it as simple and uncomplicated as possible. 'Everybody wants to play like the All Blacks. But the simple game plan will be the most effective. We will stick to our basics, try to be clinical, aggressive and also smart,' said Iafeta. The former Wellington player, one of a number of the new faces in the team this season, has taken over Dingley's position at the back of the scrum. The battle of the two No 8 players adds another dimension to an already intriguing clash. Asked what he thought about coming up against a player who had served Valley so well in the past seasons in this position, Iafeta shrugged dismissively. 'I don't go by reputations. I'm aware that everybody in Hong Kong has a reputation. I will just play my own game and try to dominate my opposite number,' he said. Valley will miss Aaron Johnston in the second row today. The lock was red-carded against Kowloon and is serving an automatic one-game suspension. But the able presence of Tom Hall, known as Peter Pan in Valley circles, will keep the set pieces solid and the opposition honest. Football Club will be at full-strength and with former Kowloon flyhalf Nigel D'Acre marshalling the backline and Dingley leading the forwards, they will try to get back on track today. 'We are just looking at improving our performance from the last time we played. This is not a Grand Final,' Tranent said. He knows it is not the be-all and end-all of life. For life, as Hong Kong rugby knew it, changed dramatically a fortnight ago.