Hong Kong hung on by the skin of their teeth yesterday to stay in contention to win a historic team gold medal in a multi-sports games. Taiwan caused panic among the majority of the fans at Hong Kong Stadium when they led midway through the second half of a must-win match, before cool Hong Kong restored order and sealed a 27-17 win. 'That was a long three minutes,' said relieved Hong Kong head coach Dai Rees, holding his chest after his side's comeback victory. 'It was too close for comfort.' All too close, because if Hong Kong had lost, they could have kissed their hopes of a gold medal goodbye as they had already been beaten by Japan previously - 17-7 - and two defeats in the preliminary round would virtually have ended their chances. Hong Kong began the day promisingly with a 31-7 victory over Guam, but the loss to Japan in their second game meant they couldn't afford any more slip-ups in the round robin. 'We showed a lot of maturity to come from behind. We were down with three minutes left and the guys responded superbly,' said Rees. 'We are still in it. And I've got to be happy because we are still in with a chance for the gold medal.' Hong Kong led 10-0 from tries by Mark Wright and Kwok Ka-chun before Taiwan struck twice just before the break to lead 12-0. Wright scored again after the break to give Hong Kong a 15-12 lead, but it was lost once again, and the home team trailed 15-17 with three minutes left. But impressive winger Salom Yiu Kam-shing and the ever-reliable Keith Robertson touched down after Hong Kong didn't panic, retained possession and used it well, to squeeze home. Hong Kong will face two more huge obstacles this afternoon before they can get into the gold-medal match. South Korea and China stand in the way, and both look menacing. 'They are both good sides and there are some big games still ahead,' said Rees. He will have to do without hooker Tsang Hing-hung, and possibly skipper Jeff Wong Chun-kiu, both carrying knee injuries. Tsang went down in the very first game against Guam which was won with ease thanks to a hat-trick by Rowan Varty. The experienced winger could have scored a crucial first try against Japan, but having broken through the opponents' line of defence, he looked around for support instead of just speeding away. With few try-scoring chances, Hong Kong struggled and with their opponents winning a good share of the possession, were always on the back foot and conceded three tries before Yiu scored a consolation try late in the match. 'We had our chances to go in front and didn't take it,' said Rees. 'But that loss doesn't matter. We are where I thought we would be [at the end of the first day].' The tournament is delicately poised. All six teams in the men's competition have played three games each. Among the top contenders, unbeaten Japan have got the maximum number of points - six - with China trailing them on five, having lost the chance to also finish with the maximum points after the Koreans scored late to draw their game 12-12. Hong Kong have four points and South Korea three. But the equation is simple for Hong Kong today - win both their remaining group games against South Korea and China to book a berth in the final. The top two after the round robin will play for gold with the next two battling it out for the bronze.