DeA Tigers scored a nail-biting 14-13 victory over CBRE Club in an Asian Dragons Inter City Series match that was marred by the red-carding of Hong Kong captain and Football Club No8 Paul Dingley early in the second half. Dingley's absence - he was first given a yellow card for a late tackle on DeA winger Peter Clough but then was sent for an early shower by referee Paul Haley for back-chatting - did not prevent Club from staging a late comeback after trailing 14-3. Two tries by winger Warrick Dent pushed Club to within a whisker of DeA's total. And they could then have clinched victory, but Anthony Boyd saw his conversion, and final kick of the match, sail wide to hand DeA victory and perhaps the silverware in this five-team tournament that also includes three mainland teams. DeA led 9-3 at the break. All their points had come from the boot of scrumhalf Rob Naylor who knocked over two penalties and a sweetly taken drop goal. Soon after the resumption, DeA extended the lead when fullback Andrew Chambers scored a lovely try which began deep inside their own territory. From a scrum their captain and outstanding No8 Seni Seruvakula made a break, drew the defence and passed to Naylor. A long cut-out pass from Naylor, missing both his flyhalf and inside centre, saw the ball land in the hands of outside centre Logan Kerisome. He surged, drew the last Club defender in cover before passing on to Chambers who covered 40 metres to score. That try went unconverted as did six other attempts at goal by Naylor. To be fair by him, Naylor was kicking in the face of a stiff breeze. His misses kept Club within striking distance, trailing 14-3. 'We should learn to put the game away from a position of strength. We had our chances to close out the game but did not take them. We were very lucky to win in the end,' said DeA Tigers player-coach Nigel Clarke.With Dingley banished, it was left to others to take up the slack and hard-working prop Vatche Mundigian rose to the fore. His inspired play kept Club in with a shout and when Dent beat DeA winger Fred Moe to dive over in the left corner for an unconverted try, a glimpse of daylight was sighted. With about 15 minutes left, Club kept piling on the pressure. They won numerous lineouts near the DeA line, but the forwards could not drive for the line in the face of a spirited defence. With the seconds ticking, Club won one last penalty. They opted to take the lineout, but this time instead of keeping it with the forwards and trying to roll the maul over the line, Club cleverly played the ball wide. DeA were caught napping and Dent receiving quick ball beat the defence to score his second try. Unfortunately for Club, Boyd was off the mark. DeA were worthy winners and will now have to beat Chinese Agricultural University and the PLA to win the ADICS trophy. 'It is disappointing. But it is still early in the season. What we really want to win is the First Division league title,' said Club captain Tom Cameron.