THE Hluhluwe game reserve, 250 kilometres from Durban, is Rhino country. The 23,000 hectares of dry, scrub-land is home to 40 per cent of the world's population of rhinoceros. Thus it is almost poetic that the Hong Kong squad should come here to sort out their problems before today's game against the Combined Maritzburg XV. For Hong Kong do have a problem of rhinoceros proportions. Coach George Simpkin admitted as much after the territory scraped through to a 11-8 win over Empangeni in their first match of the tour. ''Our big problem in the first game was the lineout. We won only three from 39 lineouts,'' said Simpkin on Wednesday, as the team took a brief respite at this magnificent game reserve before continuing their tour. In the modern game, the lineout is all important. First phase possession is vital, and quality first phase possession is invaluable. Hong Kong failed to acquire either against a robust set of Empangeni forwards on Tuesday night. ''Obviously we will have to work on our lineout. The next side we meet will be a far harder proposition and we will have to sort out our problems quickly,'' said Simpkin. After Tuesday's hard game, Simpkin decided that his team would need time to recuperate. Hence Wednesday's practice session - held at the Hluhluwe club (an outpost of Afrikaaner rugby) - concentrated mainly on aerobic and anaerobic exercises, line-kicking for the backs, touch rugby and makeshift gym exercises with players using each other as weights in a series of ingenious workouts. Later the team watched the Bledisloe Cup and then went on jeep safaris. And Simpkin is certain to map out his lineout strategy before taking on Maritzburg. Apart from his lineout problem, Simpkin was also unhappy with the line-kicking on Tuesday. ''It was bad. We needlessly put ourselves under pressure with some poor line-kicking,'' said Simpkin. He was, however, happy with the scrummaging and his halves combination of Robin Bredbury and Stephen Kidd. ''The scrum held together quite well and I was pleased with the way Robi and Steve played,'' said Simplin. ''I was also happy with our rucking.'' Simpkin was also full of praise for Hong Kong's solitary try, scored early in the second half by winger Isi Tu'ivai. ''That try was one of the best Hong Kong have ever scored,'' said Simpkin, recounting the move which saw Hong Kong's forwards punch forward thrice before the ball was released wide for Tu'ivai to score.