Herbert Smith New Zealand Metro played a convincing game to beat Clifford Chance Aliens 24-12 and take the Cup at the 2003 DHL Tens last night. NZ Metro were more aggressive at the breakdown, dominating possession for much of the match at Hong Kong Football Club. They lifted the trophy presented by DHL chief executive officer John Mullen after narrowly missing out on the number-one spot in the previous two years. 'Our mission was to come here and do the job. We've been the bridesmaids here for the past two years and I'm happy for the players and management that we've succeeded,' said NZ Metro captain Slade McFarland. Despite strong support from the crowd, the Clifford Chance Aliens couldn't stop the mighty Metro, who were clearly the standout team of the tournament. Willie Los'e, manager of Clifford Chance Aliens, who were taking part in their 11th consecutive Tens tournament, said: 'It's an old rugby cliche but, it does keep getting better and better here. We used to come here relaxed and have a good time, but the standard of rugby has improved so much, it's hard work and requires concentration for the full 48 hours.' The semi-finals of the Cup opened with a nailbiting match between NZ Metro and Asia Miles Samurai, with NZ Metro edging their rivals 14-10. 'We're disappointed not to be going forward,' said Kingsley Jones, captain of Asia Miles Samurai. 'We fought hard for 24 minutes and there was no doubt Metro were the best team today. We hope to come back again next year to make another attempt to take the Cup.' The second match of the semi-finals saw Clifford Chance Aliens overcome Bank of Bermuda Otago Shepherds, despite the strong performance by the Shepherds' Jamie Joseph, who scored in the final few minutes to bring the final score to 40-12. Brendon Watt, of Clifford Chance Aliens, said: 'It's an awesome feeling and an amazing atmosphere to play here in the Tens.' In the Plate final, Hong Kong hopefuls RSM DeA Tigers couldn't match the speed and prowess of the Irish Vikings, who boasted a few Leicester Tigers players from England. Ben Dormer starred with a hat-trick of tries for the Irish Vikings, who lifted the Plate. 'They were better drilled, faster and bigger so we did well to keep them off the scoreboard for the first 10 minutes. We were in the Bowl final last year, the Plate final this year, and we hope to win something next year,' said DeA Tigers captain Rob Naylor. Chris Helm, tournament spokesperson, said: 'We've had an outstanding tournament, with great support, fabulous weather and some exceptional rugby. All matches in the Bowl, Plate and Cup rounds were hard-fought as no one wanted to leave the tournament early.' Chinese Agricultural University found their way into the Bowl final only to be snubbed by the Caledonia Teddybears 19-5. Earlier in the day, CAU progressed to the final by beating compatriots Chubb PLA in an entertaining semi-final 17-12. The mood of the entire tournament was best summed up by Plate-winning captain Andy Douglas, who was in the Sari Club in Bali last October when a bomb killed almost 200 people, including 11 Hong Kong Football Club members. 'Six months ago I was in Bali, now to come here to the Hong Kong Football Club and be part of this fantastic event is unbelievable,' he said. 'It is the best week of rugby in the world - bar none!' Hong Kong-born Michael Campion, 18, was the only contestant to convert the 40-metre place kick in the Asia Miles 'Kick for Miles' contest. 'This will pay for a trip back home this summer from university to see my family and girlfriend,' he said.