The Asahi Valley player-coach is in uncharted waters after last season's unbeaten First Division rugby champions lost both their opening two matches to Hong Kong Football Club and DeA Tigers in the Asian Dragons Inter City Series playoff. The 31-year-old flanker, presently injured, says Valley will have to toughen up mentally if they are to successfully defend their title. To lose two in a row is very unlike Valley? It is a strange feeling when you realise the fairytale is over. The guys were wondering afterwards when the last time was that the club lost two successive games. The consensus was that it was a long time ago. How is the team absorbing the twin shocks? There is a first time for everything. We have to look at the positive side which is that the losses have come in the early part of the season. So this is just a bad patch and not a sign of things to come? It is a mental bad patch. Like everything in life, Valley too will have its ups and downs. We are down now as we are struggling with numbers and players being unavailable. How will Valley climb out of this rut? It is mainly up to the individuals to decide they want to win. We have to get tougher mentally. To appreciate winning, you need to taste defeat. Hopefully this is the lesson they will learn. Will Valley bring in any more new players? No. At this stage we are not looking at anyone. But Alex Telea (last season's leading try-scorer) is keen to come back. Playing in the Minor League now must be a come down? This is the wake-up call. A lot of guys started the season as if we are still the champions. That was last season, water under the bridge. When will you be back on the field? I pulled a hip muscle during the Kowloon 10s. It is a bit uncomfortable and just needs time to heal. I should be back in a couple of weeks. And will Valley be back? For sure.