There was no sight of eyeliner or any other make-up on the face of Samson Nonu. But the brother of All Blacks centre Ma'a Nonu, who used to highlight his eyes before a match, will have to do more than simply put on cosmetic frippery if G4S Kowloon are to become a force this season. Last season's Grand Championship runners-up were thumped 28-0 by Synovate HKCC in First Division league action at Aberdeen Stadium yesterday. The scoreline would have been more, if stand-in goalkicker Craig Mitchell had been on target. Mitchell began well, converting his first three kicks, but then it all went wrong for him as he missed four more. No wonder HKCC - who released flyhalf Andre Paku as he was not a goalkicker - are looking for a reliable boot as they go in hunt of a hat-trick of league titles. But as long as they have number eight Pale Touati and a powerhouse set of forwards, they needn't worry about relying on kicks to win a game. The HKCC forwards laid the groundwork for victory, with superb driving mauls accounting for two of the four tries scored. Kowloon, meanwhile, will need to forget about greasepaint and daub warpaint if they are to get back on track in the league after their second successive defeat. Forget cosmetic changes, what they need at the moment is a total makeover. 'We are struggling for numbers and with injuries. Our backs are to the wall,' said Kowloon coach Bill Mason even before the game had started. His worried expression was soon vindicated. Even his star signing this season, Samson Nonu, couldn't turn the tide. Samson's younger brother Ma'a earned notoriety two years ago when he admitted to wearing dark eyeliner as a 'fashion statement' before taking the field with the All Blacks. Looking fashionable does not run in the family. Samson is all macho, not make-up. But despite a few brave runs, Samson and fellow-centre Ashley Bond were unable to make any impression. It was hardly the fault of the Kowloon backs for they got very little ball as HKCC dominated the set pieces. The possession they had, was squandered too as HKCC also dominated the breakdown. 'We played much better than we did in our opening game against DeA Tigers. And this is pleasing considering Kowloon are better opposition,' said HKCC coach Richard Cooke, who was happy with a bonus point for scoring four tries. 'When you've got dominance in the forwards, it pays to use it.' Hooker Wayne Whitney set the ball rolling when he touched down from a driving maul off a lineout just three minutes into the game. That lead was extended to 13-0 at half-time as Mitchell added two penalties to his earlier conversion. HKCC flyhalf Simon Hempel got his side's second try with Kowloon down to 14 men after winger Simon Smith had been sin-binned for a spear tackle on Hempel. Sub Will Wong got the third and appropriately, the finishing touches were left to Touati, who rumbled over from a trademark driving maul.