West Island are the inter-school rugby champions for the third time in four years after overwhelming Hong Kong International School (HKIS) 29-3 in the final at Happy Valley. It was a tale of two halves as HKIS, champions in 1998 and 1999, led 3-0 at the break in last week's championship decider. But the boys from the Tai Tam-based school were unable to match the fitness and desire to win shown by the defending champions in the second half. 'All spoils to the victors,' said a delighted West Island head coach Andrew Tranent. 'We made a slow start, but in the end we had better fitness and a superior intensity,' he added. The breakthrough came when West Island fly-half Edward Haynes stormed over the line for the first of his two tries. Captain Bradley Wayburne converted and West Island never looked back. Ten minutes later speedy winger Andrew Russell scored his team's second try with a determined run down the left. Soon after, Bradley chased down a kick, beat the HKIS full-back to the ball, and raced under the posts to set himself up with an easy conversion to make it 19-3. HKIS were unable to put points on the board after a short period of pressure, and when Edward added his second try, after charging down an HKIS kick, and Wayburne converted, it was 'game over'. West Island coach Jung Ho said it was remarkable that his young side had done so well. 'Most of them are still in Year 10 or 11, so for them to win this championship is impressive,' said Jung. 'Only three members of the team will leave school next summer, so with many of the boys sticking together, we have a good chance to make it three in a row next year.' West Island number eight Kevin Mallen, one of the three Year 12 boys in the side, said they had shown character to win. 'We weren't really in it in the first half, but we stuck to our game plan and our better fitness and understanding of the game showed in the end,' added Kevin. Meanwhile, Jung said that plans to expand the competition and get Chinese schools involved were moving ahead. 'Six Chinese schools will take part in the first development inter-school tournament on Friday,' Jung said. 'We hope they will learn more about the game and eventually step up to take part in the annual inter-school competition in the future. The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union has been very supportive and given us funding to make this happen.'