TWO months from today, Hong Kong will either be preparing for the most important game of rugby in their history, or they will be thinking of how it all went wrong. As they are doing presently, returning from a two-week sojourn in southern Africa, still kicking themselves for not winning the one-off Test against Namibia last Wednesday. The players are still smarting with frustration over the 22-12 loss. ''It should have been our game,'' says Hong Kong winger Isi Tu'ivai, three days after the match ended on the dusty hard pitch in Windhoek. One thing positive to come out of this defeat is that the players are still thinking about the game believing that Hong Kong should have won - good signs for the future. The four-game tour has brought Hong Kong self-belief, discipline, team camaraderie and a renewed confidence that two months from today, the territory will be on the eve of the Asian tournament final against Japan. National coach George Simpkin was confident that if Hong Kong had played another Test against Namibia, ''we would beat them''. Winning would have been nice. On the other hand, it is better to have lost to Namibia than say against South Korea or Japan come October. A Transvaal rugby official was of the opinion that as Hong Kong could not beat Namibia, they would struggle to defeat Japan in the Asian tournament in October to qualify for the World Cup. But at least now Hong Kong know what their shortcomings are. They still have time to rectify it. The shortcomings in the Test were that Hong Kong's forwards did not use their driving pattern of play often enough. Fate also intervened. With star scrum-half Stephen Kidd injured, the territory went into the game rudderless. Hong Kong will wish they had another quality scrum-half standing by. Robin Bredbury, who took over Kidd's role in the Test, is more happy when he plays at fly-half. Scrum-half aside, Hong Kong also lack depth in the second row, although Roger Patterson was one of the players who got better as the tour went along. The other specialist lock in the party, Grant Jamieson, began the tour unfortunately when he sprained his ankle at the start. Despite the nagging injury, the lion-hearted Jamieson performed superbly. In the Test, he suffered an early knock, but played on. Later he found out he was concussed (he will be out of action for three weeks now). The fact that the territory is blessed with an abundance of quality back rowers, gives Simpkin the option of playing Patterson and Krohn as second-rowers while going for a loose combination of Rick Shuttleworth, Tony Hunt and John Dingley. This gives Hong Kong more mobility, but they could suffer in the scrummaging department with the loss of Jamieson's formidable presence. As for the rest of the pack, Ashely Jones, Andy Fields and Dave Lewis look secure enough to front Hong Kong's Asian challenge. Apart from scrum-half, the rest of the back division seems to have sorted itself out on tour. Wingers Tu'ivai and Ashley Billington; solid centres Rodney McInosh and Vaughan Going with Justin Weston at full-back. Bredbury or Jamie Mckee could play at pivot. What is interesting is that the tour has unearthed some depth in the backs with Jeff Piper showing he has the potential to play a big part in Simpkin's plans. Hong Kong return today with words of warning from Simpkin ringing in their ears. ''The next week will be very vital in our build-up to the Asian tournament. If you slacken your training regime now, you will easily put on three to four kilograms,'' said Simpkin. On tour, the team trained every day. Back in Hong Kong, they are likely to meet only once a week. But with the season about to start, the players can maintain their high levels of fitness. ''It is a shame that the two games against Malaysia have been cancelled,'' said Simpkin. ''It would have been good to have had them so that we could have perfected out pattern of play.'' Three wins and a loss. The bigger picture to come out of Africa, however, is that Hong Kong is serious about returning to this part of the world, next May.