Defending Grand Championship winners Valley took some time to get their act together against an understrength but stubborn DeA Tigers outfit yesterday. At half-time the outcome was still up in the air as Valley led 7-5. But it was just a matter of time before Valley, who were enjoying more possession by dominating the set pieces and rucks, took full control to win 26-13. Jeremy Meyer, Tim Alexander, John Hart and John Hamilton dotted down for Valley while Ashley Waybourne knocked over three conversions. Young winger Wan Kwok-kwong scored both of DeA Tigers' tries, and Tsang Hing-hong knocked over a penalty. 'I can't be unhappy with this result. We are winning and getting points, but there is still plenty of room for improvement,' said Valley coach Nick Leger. Leger will be mainly looking at his forwards to improve their ball retention if they are to defeat tougher opponents like Hong Kong Cricket Club and Hong Kong Football Club (whom they have already lost to in the first round of the league). The first half was a litany of mistakes for Valley. While the forwards won plenty of ball, they were shipping it out too early, and then losing it at the breakdown. Valley's backline was missing skipper Justin Temara, Brett Forsyth and Andrew Wong Kee, but with Jason Going leading the attack from flyhalf, still looked dangerous. However only one try was scored in the first half, highlighting the missed opportunities. 'We had plenty of scoring chances but failed to finish off. But I'm not worried. We are trudging along slowly, but it is a long season and we will get better,' promised Leger. Unlike the other sides, Valley have not signed any overseas players. Things could change later in the season, hinted Leger. 'We are not ruling anything out. It is just a matter of timing,' he said. Having only lost to Football Club at the moment, there is no need for Valley to push the panic buttons. As Leger said, his side is chugging along. They are not playing flash rugby, but it was still good enough to see off a weakened DeA Tigers. 'We are struggling for numbers. Last week we had a full 22-strong squad. Today we only had 15 players,' said DeA Tigers player-coach Nigel Clarke. 'It was nip and tuck all the way before it just drifted away at the end. But with the number of players missing, I can't fault our effort.' DeA were missing injured import Andre Paku in the backs, as well as flyhalf Liu Kwok-leung. Tsang Hing-hong filled the latter's shoes admirably while flanker Justin Gregory had to step in to plug the breach in midfield. But it was Wan who stole the show, showing he can finish off moves with clinical precision as he grabbed a brace.