The moment of truth has arrived for Hong Kong at the Asian Championship. They meet Taiwan in their final match of the tournament today fully aware that a loss would mean the Bangkok tour will be deemed a failure. 'We came here with the intent of finishing third. That was our goal. A loss against Taiwan would mean the tour is a failure,' head coach Chris Roden said yesterday. Hong Kong's two losses were against Japan, 29-15, and South Korea, 40-17. The two Asian powerhouses are a notch above the SAR and while defeat is hard to stomach, it was at least expected. But what will be less palatable would be a loss to neighbours Taiwan. 'This is a little bit of a grudge match for most of the guys who took part in the World Cup qualifiers last year. They are out to get their revenge,' said Roden, who named an unchanged lineup from that which started against Korea on Wednesday. Last year, Hong Kong went down fighting to Taiwan in the second round of the Asian zone 2003 Rugby World Cup qualifying event, losing 20-15 after leading 15-3 at half-time. Roden is worried the superior fitness could win the day for Taiwan again. 'They are the fittest team at this tournament. They lost to Japan 44-17 coming back from 44-0 down. Against Korea, they lost 28-7 which was also the half-time score. They have the knack of finishing strongly and we are fully aware of that especially after last year's result,' Roden said. 'Taiwan don't have a big pack, but they are very quick out wide where they will be extremely dangerous. We have to counter that if we are to win. A victory is crucial for us to finish third and for this tournament to be a success.' Hong Kong will have to carve out victory and be patient and wait for the opportunities. Roden has instilled the need for a disciplined approach, having witnessed the dangers of playing with reduced numbers against speedy outfits. Hong Kong had two sin-bins in both their previous matches, down to 14 men for half of the second period against Japan and at one stage down to 13 against Korea. 'We knew that to have any chance against Japan and Korea we had to take an aggressive approach. But looking back at the videos of both matches, we did not play dirty. None of the sendings off was called by the referee. They were all instigated by the touch judges, who on one instance was 50 metres away. It has been frustrating. 'But, at the same time, we are aware that we have to be disciplined if we are to beat Taiwan. We don't have to be so aggressive against Taiwan as their forwards are not so big.' Having kept faith with the same starting lineup, Roden is hopeful that centre Lusiano Afeaki will be able to brush aside an achilles worry. If Afeaki is unable to start, Owain Morrison will replace him. There are also concerns over flanker Justin Gregory who is carrying a shoulder injury, and winger Simon Hague who has a lower back problem. The loss of lock Lachlan Miller (who will leave hospital today after a bad bout of food poisoning), flanker Kelvin Yip and centre Dave Atkinson through injury has left Hong Kong doing a juggling act. Aberdeen lock Ryan McBride will start on the bench today. Hong Kong: 1-Pete Spizzirri; 2-Jon Abel, 3-James Wood, 4-Andy Yuen, 5-Tom Hall, 6-Justin Gregory, 7-Graham Black, 8-Paul Dingley (captain); 9-Rob Naylor, 10-Chris Gordon; 11-Jason Going, 12-Chan Fuk-ping, 13-Lusiano Afeakia, 14-Simon Hague; 15-Andrew Chambers. Replacements: Duncan Robertson, Paul Chiu Kin-pong, Ryan McBride, Rory Dickson, Chris Conbeer, Peter Clough, Owain Morrison.