Hong Kong might have found a new flyhalf in Kenzo Pannell. The University of Canterbury student admirably spearheaded a Select XV who, invigorated with new blood and fresh enthusiasm, swamped Singapore 54-3 at the Hong Kong Football Club yesterday. Both sides were using yesterday's encounter as a warm-up to this season's Asian Series - triangular competitions with countries placed in pools going on past results. Hong Kong are in the top tier against Japan and South Korea, while Singapore are in Division Three with China and Malaysia. So the half-century pasting comes as no surprise. But what was surprising was the alacrity with which Hong Kong's band of youngsters slipped into the role of future flag-bearers, chief among them being Pannell. Earlier this month Pannell, 20, was playing sevens for Hong Kong, but yesterday he seamlessly slipped into 15s mode with all the aplomb of a veteran. He might be young in years, but Pannell showed he had a cool head on his shoulders as he expertly marshalled the Hong Kong backline, which looked dangerous every time they had possession yesterday. Pannell also has a nice boot and may be the solution to Hong Kong's problem of finding a reliable goal-kicker. Move over Rob Naylor. The latter had kicking duty in the first half and had a 50 per cent strike rate, converting two of four attempts. Pannell knocked three from four, and a couple were tricky touchline conversions. He also dropped a goal from 30 metres out, and it was a peach. The dazzling display left Hong Kong rugby's head of performance Ivan Torpey impressed. 'Kenzo took his first step confidently today. He will grow with more performances,' said a pleased Torpey. 'He led the backs very well'. If Pannell had the swagger of youth, there were others of his kind to match it, like teenagers Anthony Haynes and Gavin Hadley, and hard-working lock-forward Nick Hurrell. All three were playing at senior level for the first time. They looked good even though the opposition might only have been Singapore. The real test will come next Saturday when they play Japan in Tokyo. Old hand Nigel Clarke grabbed a hat-trick of tries, with his first - coming from close range off a quickly taken tap penalty in the 16th minute - settling Hong Kong's nerves after a tense start. Semi Iafeta matched Clarke's initiative, scoring soon after from a quick tap, and it was all one-way traffic from then on. Apart from the irrepressible Clarke, inside centre Haynes grabbed a brace of tries with his incisive running while Hadley showed off his pace to touch down once. Altogether, Hong Kong ran in seven tries. 'The youngsters will be happy with the way they played today. It was a good step forward towards our goal of competing against South Korea when we host them next month. Japan is a different kettle of fish,' admitted Torpey.