Descartes Kowloon - the thinking man's rugby club if the philosophical bent of their sponsor's name is upheld - kept their wits about them and stayed cool to pull off a fantastic come-from-behind victory over Synovate Aberdeen in First Division action in the Zurich Major League yesterday. The well-known rugby mantra that matches are won, or lost, in the final quarter never proved truer when Kowloon ran out worthy 28-18 victors at the Aberdeen Stadium. Trailing 18-7 with just 15 minutes left on the clock, Kowloon's forward put their heads together and came up with the plan to take the straight route to revival - play tight and driving it up the middle. It worked superbly as second-rower Peter Michael, flanker Julian Dimond and scrumhalf Scot Puckett scored unanswered tries as Kowloon ran rampant in the final minutes. And adding the first-half try by outside centre Mike Lacey, Kowloon finished with a bonus point, too. 'We knew we just had to weather the storm early on. We were fitter than them and we knew the longer the game went on, the stronger we would get. It all came together at the end,' said delighted Kowloon skipper and flyhalf Bruce Aitchison. Aitchison slapped the icing on the cake with his pinpoint kicking, adding a further eight points to the four tries to give Kowloon their first on-field victory in the league this season. They had earlier earned a win by default when the PLA conceded a walkover. The late comeback was sparked by Michael, an early second-half substitute, who did not take long to get steamed up. A crime reporter with this newspaper, the burly lock's presence in the forwards led to the Kowloon pack loosening their mental shackles and starting to string together attacking phases of play. Michael capitalised on one such effort, when he darted in from close range, to finish off a move that had seen the ball recycled four times. The try close to the post was converted and Kowloon cut the lead to 18-14 in the 64th minute. Five minutes later, Dimond touched down under the posts, completing another surging drive by the forwards who were now beginning to gather momentum with No8 Rob Turuwhenua leading the way with plenty of support coming from lock Ian Carlton and props Misiluni Moananu and Maafu Pale. 'We kept grinding away and it paid off. The chances came our way and we took them. I'm very pleased with the way we kept at it,' added Aitchison. The same could not be said, sadly for Aberdeen who had begun at 100mph. By the end of the first 10 minutes of the match, Aberdeen had rushed into a 15-0 lead with winger Adam Allen scoring a brace of tries while flyhalf Justin Temara added a conversion and a penalty. The first try came in only the second minute of play when Allen was on hand to receive a try-scoring pass from centre Ken Carnduff, who had sliced open the defence with a powerful run from 40 metres out. Aberdeen scrumhalf Joel Dunn and skipper Mike Meredith combined well to set up the second score, making surging runs that saw desperate defenders, who were offside, penalised as Aberdeen tried to recycle quick ball. Temara knocked over the three points and then added the extra points to Allen's second try, which had its roots in a quick throw-in from Colin Bisley to Paul Morehu whose counterattack caught the defence napping, before sending Allen over. Lacey gave Kowloon their first look-in when he slipped through from a five-metre scrum. But Temara's second penalty gave Aberdeen an 18-7 buffer at half-time which in the end was not enough as Michael and the rest of Kowloon's 'thinkers' put the cuffs on their opponents with a gutsy revival. Meanwhile, in Bangkok, the Hong Kong Development Sevens squad had a productive day when they beat Denmark (47-0) and Singapore (38-0) in the preliminary round of the King's Cup. The only blip was a 28-7 loss to Korea.