Hong Kong have won praise from peerless New Zealand sevens coach Gordon Tietjens, commending the team for much-improved fitness levels. 'Titch [Tietjens] commented favourably on the overall fitness levels of the team, and singled out Rowan Varty, Keith Robertson and the McQueens, Tom and Alex, for their speed and athleticism,' Hong Kong sevens coach Rodney McIntosh said after another fruitful day in Wellington. 'He was also quite impressed with the general structure of our play,' said McIntosh. Tietjens is widely regarded as the world's best sevens coach. The Hong Kong squad are in Wellington fine-tuning their campaign for next month's World Cup, and yesterday they took on the powerful New Zealand squad and United States in a tri-series. Two narrow losses to the United States - 5-0 and 10-5 - and a couple of close encounters against New Zealand - 20-0 and 10-0 - left McIntosh convinced his squad is progressing in the right direction for the Dubai showpiece on March 5-7. 'It was another hugely productive day for us,' McIntosh said. 'The mere fact we are competing against teams at this level is a big positive.' McIntosh lauded Hong Kong's defence which stood firm, especially in the second game against the DJ Forbes-led New Zealand, the reigning IRB Sevens champions, limiting them to only two tries. 'There was some great defensive play by the guys,' McIntosh said. 'We should also have beaten the USA in game one, but poor finishing and a handling error proved costly.' McIntosh has peppered the week-long training camp with hit-outs against teams down for the third leg of the IRB Sevens this weekend. Hong Kong will be up against France and the Arabian Gulf in another series of matches today. 'I'm still fine-tuning our combinations and playing more games will be useful,' said McIntosh. The 14-strong squad will end the training camp by playing in the Marist Sevens beginning tomorrow. McIntosh is due to name his final squad of 12 players for the World Cup next week. Meanwhile, in 15s the Hong Kong A team went down 21-12 to Taiwan last night in the first of two tests at King's Park.