They are known as Tradition Valley - and some traditions go on and on, as the defending champions lived up to their billing and began the 2009-10 season with an emphatic 33-8 victory over Synovate HKCC last night. Valley finished unbeaten last season, dominating the First Division League, Knockout Trophy and Grand Championship to end with all three titles in the bag. And going on yesterday's five-try evidence, they look a good bet to do it all over again. Although happy with his side's first-up performance, especially the forwards whose dominance at the scrum laid the foundation for the comfortable win, Valley coach Brian Higgins downplayed any notions of being favourites. 'This is a new season for us. We might have finished unbeaten last year, but that is history. We cannot go on thinking about past glory and last season. We have got a lot of work to do,' warned Higgins. But there is no denying Valley look a class act. They showed few signs of early season rust and with the forwards dominating the breakdowns, they won plenty of good ball which was used well by a potent backline led superbly by centre Lee Jones. Second-row forward James Stokes got the ball rolling when he scored his side's first try of the season midway through the first half. Stokes picked up a loose ball at the breakdown and took the shortest route to the tryline - right through the heart of the HKCC pack - to score under the posts. Two more first-half tries, from hooker Brent Taylor and Jones, plus two penalties and a conversion from flyhalf Ben Rimene put Valley out of reach by half-time as they led 23-3. HKCC's points came from a penalty by fullback Sean Simpkins. Flanker Olly Robinson and centre Ali McClay added two more tries after the break as Valley secured a bonus point and sealed the result. HKCC scored a consolation try through winger Jarrod Goodall after good lead-up work from Ed Hayes. 'Valley are a good side, year after year,' HKCC skipper Simon Leung said. 'But we are not writing off our season after the first game. We have a lot of new players and it will take some time to gel. I'm confident we will get better.' Valley skipper Sean Jennings agreed. 'It will be more competitive than last year. But for our first game, it was an encouraging performance,' he said.