The brush strokes were bold and brave as the enlightening period of Hong Kong's renaissance under new master Dallas Seymour finally got underway. A 21-12 victory over Portugal was enough to put Hong Kong in the Plate competition. They got in on the basis of finishing as one of the best third-placed teams in the competition. Paul Dingley's men will now meet Kenya in the quarterfinals today. It was a landmark victory for Seymour. Significantly, it was his first in charge of Hong Kong. But it also was pleasing for Seymour as he feels all the hard work of the past two months had paid full dividends. 'The signs are good. We are starting to play some good rugby and the guys are putting into practice what has been preached. There is only so much that can be accomplished in two months but I'm very happy with the way the guys have played,' said Seymour. Two tries from tough cookie Andrew Wong Kee gave Hong Kong their first win in the pool competition over Portugal. Having lost to Fiji, 31-0, earlier in the day, Hong Kong knew it was now or never at all. On the line was Seymour's reputation. No small wonder that his grin was as wide as a barn door as Wong Kee clinched victory with two second-half tries. With the home crowd flaming the fans, the team lived up to their motto to 'Breathe the Fire'. 'I'm pleased that we reacted well to pressure. We shut down Portugal and then soaked in the pressure well,' said Seymour, who has been brought in to shape Hong Kong's campaign at next year's Rugby World Cup. Portugal drew first blood when the speedy Francisco Sepulveda brushed aside tackles from Carl Murray and Jason Going to touch down one-handed. But Hong Kong regained the lead through a penalty try when Portugal failed to retire 10 metres and stopped Paul Dingley from taking a quick tap penalty. Murray converted to give Hong Kong a 7-5 lead. Sepulveda put Portugal in the lead again when he was on hand to complete a breakaway move from Ricardo Redondo and give his side a 12-7 lead at halftime. Chan Fuk-ping, who has had a good tournament so far, played a huge role in Wong Kee's first try. Capitalising on a defensive blunder from Portugal's Francisco Moreira - the ball turning into a bar of soap - Chan pounced on the spilled possession and quickly off-loaded the try-scoring pass to Wong Kee. Portugal went one man down when two-try hero Sepulveda was sin-binned. But Hong Kong failed to make the most of that leaving it until late for Wong Kee to seal victory. 'I thought Andrew and Fuk-ping had absolutely outstanding games. We lifted our performance in the second half and I'm disappointed we didn't score more. I'm rapped with the guys' performance. This is the first win under the belt for me and I'm really pleased,' said Seymour. Seymour would also have been pleased to note the debut performances of Stu Denton and Lee Cheuk-yin. Both players were impressive after being thrown straight into the deep end against Fiji. 'My heart was beating fast when I walked on to the field against Fiji. I was nervous, it was my first sevens and coming up against Fiji was just awesome. And to make matters worse, I had never played before such a big crowd. But it got better after I caught the ball for the first time,' said Lee. 'We made it tough for ourselves out there today,' said skipper Dingley. 'But it is very satisfying to finish with a win. It was a tough pool and I'm very happy with the way we played, especially the way we took the ball forward.'