Brunei to play in playoff round in Asia Rugby meet

|     Fadhil Yunus     |

BRUNEI Darussalam’s men’s rugby team will play in the playoff round in the second day of the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy after completing their Group ‘C’ matches at the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex in Senayan, Jakarta yesterday.

Brunei finished third in the group after a 50-0 defeat to Singapore and a 33-7 loss to India.

The national team will play against Uzbekistan and Bangladesh, both of whom finished third in their respective groups.

Singapore wasted little time to build a 5-0 lead after Nathan Wong drove forward and converted a try after making the perfect transition from right to left. Hidayat Jeffrydin managed to breach the Brunei defence and sped away to present his side a 10-point lead.

Marah Ishraf Marah Moehammad Hoessein added two points for his team after a successful conversion kick.

Nathan Wong surged into Brunei territory and was tackled by his opposite number but he released a pass for Marah Ishraf for his first try of the game.

Brunei Darussalam’s rugby player Shen Quan Lim (L) attempts to tackle an India player during their Group ‘C’ clash. – ASIA RUGBY

Marah Ishraf converted his second try of the game after collecting a loose ball on the middle of the field.

Singapore started the second half in similar attacking fashion as Edward Carne continued the assault with a succession of tries.

Nashrul Hadi bin Hanafi scored a try after finding a way past a couple of Brunei players before Hidayat Jeffrydin converted another conversion kick.

In the final thirty seconds of the half, Samuel Giap Yang Koh showed his explosive power and speed after getting his team’s final try of the game as they ran out comfortable winners.

Hidayat Jeffrydin contributed another two points for his side to add gloss to the win.

In an earlier game, Brunei’s points against India came from a try and conversion from Zahirul Ghazi Jomari.

Malaysia will play Mongolia, while Thailand will meet Singapore in the cup semi-final after topping their respective groups.

Indonesia will face Laos, while Afghanistan and India play each other in the plate semi-finals.

Brunei, who is making their second participation in the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy following their first appearance in Singapore last year, will look for a strong finish in the tournament.