Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE national rugby team put up a good fight but couldn’t get in the win column of the eight-team Southeast Asia (SEA) Rugby Sevens Series in Singapore.
Brunei finished last after losing 41-0 to Laos in the 7th/8th play-off match at the Yio Chu Kang Stadium on Saturday.
They had started their campaign with a 12-10 defeat to Indonesia before losing 17-5 to eventual winners Singapore in their second match.
The Sultanate then lost 42-5 to the Philippines before meeting Laos in the play-off.
Despite the setback, one of the senior players on the squad Lim Shen Quan felt they were more competitive compared to the last edition.
“We gave a better fight this time compared to last year… we are more competitive,” Lim told BruSports yesterday.
“We have a stronger squad this year despite missing half of the squad last year,” he added.
Singapore defeated Malaysia 19-7 to be crowned the champions of the tournament, while, the Philippines finished third after beating Thailand 12-10.
Brunei finished sixth last year where they lost 44-0 to Malaysia in the battle for fifth place.
They started their campaign with a 36-7 defeat to Laos and they followed that up with 19-19 draw with Indonesia before losing 47-0 to Singapore.