Like an unstoppable runaway train, Alex Telea is piling on the tries at such a rapid rate that he should easily become the highest try-scorer in the First Division this season. The Asahi Valley winger scored a hat-trick of tries in yesterday's 53-9 rout of the PLA Sports Institute to take his personal tally to 15 this season, which is easily the highest scored by any player - not only in the First Division but across the board. 'I just finish the good work done by others. The forwards mainly do all the hard work and I'm just good at finishing it off,' a modest Telea said after his three-try rampage yesterday. Thankfully for the mainland visitors, Telea was substituted on the hour by coach Semi Iafeta. Who knows what the former Samoan international might have done if he had stayed on for the full 80 minutes. He might have matched, if not bettered, his career-best four-try effort scored against Kowloon last week. 'I had never scored four tries in a match before. I might have done it when I was seven or eight, but never in a serious match,' smiled Telea, who won seven caps for Samoa in 1996 and 1997 during which time he also played for the Wellington Hurricanes in the Super 12. Seven tries in the space of seven days. Amazing stuff, even if he is a player who is a cut above most others in Hong Kong. Telea is on a roll and could end up as one of the all-time top try-scorers for Valley. One such individual was young winger Ben Scott who scored a total of 15 tries during the 1999-2000 season. Telea has achieved this in half a season and in eight games. 'All I'm thinking about is winning. I just want Valley to win well. That is the first step. If I score tries, that is fine. And if I finish as the top try-scorer, then it is a bonus,' said the 30-year-old Telea. Valley have benefited by his presence this season. They are unbeaten after eight games, having acquired 36 points, and should comfortably finish at the top of the pre-Grand Championship standings. But as any Valley supporter will say, it doesn't matter whether you stay unbeaten, what matters most is winning the crucial match, which in Valley's case is most likely to be the last game of the season. Last season they were unbeaten going into the Grand Final where they were upstaged by Aberdeen who won the First Division title for the first time in their eight-year history. The defending champions proved they are still a force to reckon with this season as they beat DHL Club 23-14 in the second match at So Kon Po yesterday. The win should ensure that Aberdeen are in the last four when the final equation is done for the season-ending Grand Championship. At this juncture, the question is who can stop Valley from regaining the title they lost last season. Valley are the team to beat. They have scored a huge 246 points so far and this is with most of their best players on the touchlines. When the season re-commences in the New Year, Valley will be at full strength. Yesterday flyhalf Carl Murray took his first steps back from injury and a shoulder operation that has kept him out of action this season. Murray played most of the second half and looked eager to get back into action. With scrumhalf and skipper Andrew Wong Kee's 10-month ban set to expire soon, Valley will have their key combination back together again. And with forwards Lachlan Miller - recovered from his bad bout of food poisoning during the recent Asian Championship - Kris Inglis, Bryan O'Hara and indeed Iafeta himself, all recovering well from niggling injuries, Valley will soon be up to speed. 'We are playing well. There are a few minor things to iron out but everything is going well,' said player-coach Iafeta. Yesterday's eight-try rout of the PLA - apart from Telea's three tries, Matt Dowling, Ben Winspear, Stu Denton, Jamie Goldberg and Jason Going also scored - is proof that Valley are on the right track to winning back the First Division crown.