An Oscar-winning performance from Kenya broke Hong Kong hearts last night at Hong Kong Stadium. None more than captain Paul Dingley who said, 'I'm gutted.' Captain Oscar Osula scored all three tries in Kenya's 15-10 victory over Hong Kong in a tense thriller. Hong Kong thought they had won the match at the death when Dingley fed Andrew Chambers what he thought was a try-scoring pass. Chambers had a free run to the line from 15 metres and was on his way to plant the ball under the posts when the referee's shrill whistle cut through the celebratory bedlam. An unbelieving Hong Kong team watched as the official indicated there had been a forward pass. 'I couldn't believe it,' said Dingley. But that's they way the ball bounces, as he well knows. What Dingley could not also believe was the sight of key players Chris Gordon and Warren Warner being substituted for Jason Going and Kris Marin respectively in the second minute of the second half with Hong Kong leading 10-5. 'I was not happy that two of our most experienced players were substituted at that stage. We had the momentum going then. I know it is the coach's call, but I couldn't believe it,' said Dingley. Hong Kong coach Chris Roden, a desolate figure in the gloom that suddenly enveloped Hong Kong's hopes of entering the Plate competition, defended his decision to pull out two of his most experienced players at that crucial moment. 'Chris [Gordon] wanted to come off. His hamstring is an issue while I thought Kris [Marin] had a good game,' said Roden, who most probably figured that fresh legs might help Hong Kong continue to cut down space and opportunity for the rampaging Kenyans. The Kenyans were caught napping by Hong Kong's in-your-face approach. Knowing their opponents would love to roam free, Hong Kong kept it tight as possible. Gordon scored first when he went over on the shortside from a tap penalty. Dingley then added the second try, picking up from a ruck and diving over to finish off a concerted period of pressure on the Kenyan line. But it was for nothing that the Kenyans came out of Africa and to Hong Kong for the first time since 1997 when they appeared at the Rugby World Cup Sevens. They stayed composed and found their feet quickly, thanks to Osula. He scored his first try just before the break to make it 10-5, and then two more in the second half, one dummying the entire Hong Kong defence, to put his side back into the lead. 'Hong Kong caught us by surprise in the first couple of minutes. They played superbly and shocked us. But we kept our cool and I'm pleased with the way the boys came back. It is a great start,' said Osula, whose day job is as a salesman for a construction cable company in Nairobi. His lightning feet were too much for Hong Kong to handle, although Chambers must have thought he had him on two occasions. But Kenya were not to be denied. Hong Kong were left crushed. 'This was the game we needed to win to build a platform for the rest of the tournament. It looks doubtful if we can make it to the Plate now. We have got to pick our heads up tomorrow,' said Dingley. Hong Kong's remaining two games in the preliminary round pool are against Australia and China.