Bob Marley might have sung No Woman, No Cry. In Hong Kong's case it was 'no ball, plenty cry' as their venture into the hinterland of Kandy for the Sri Lankan Sevens ended well short of their goal, which was to finish in the top four among the rest of the Asian opposition. While the music pulsed through the 15,000-strong crowd packed in the stands - a mix of hip-hop and reggae - Hong Kong were not dancing to the beat after losing to Taiwan and the Arabian Gulf. The 21-5 loss to the Taiwanese ensured that Hong Kong would not reach the Cup semi-finals. This was followed by a 27-12 defeat to the Gulf which pushed Hong Kong out of Plate contention, too. Hong Kong ended up beating Kazakhstan 19-12 in the play-off for seventh place. 'We suffered because we lacked possession. Sevens is all about having ball, and without ball you lose,' said Hong Kong sevens coach Rodney McIntosh yesterday. 'We struggled in the lineouts and the re-starts.' These are two crucial areas McIntosh says Hong Kong will have to work on before December's Asian Games in Qatar. Hong Kong have high hopes of winning a first-ever medal. But their disappointing finish in Sri Lanka shows that the competition will be tough in Doha. 'I'm not pushing any panic buttons as yet. 'We have identified the key areas we need to work on and we have got time to fine-tune our preparations,' said McIntosh. On day one, Hong Kong had beaten Malaysia but lost to South Korea. Yesterday's loss to Taiwan was put down to a mix of a lack of possession as well as the final pass going astray. Hong Kong led 12-10 against the Arabian Gulf at half-time, thanks to tries from Keith Robinson and Rowan Varty (who had also scored the solitary try against Taiwan). But their bigger opponents' physical approach blanked Hong Kong in the second half. 'Coming to Sri Lanka was a good decision in the end. We need exposure to top-level play. The players needed to be placed in the cauldron of tournament play so they will know what to expect in the Asian Games,' said McIntosh.