Archive for April, 2012

30
Apr
12

Second Round of SLRT Commences!

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is now the new week for the second round of the Senior League Tournament. The Bandar Blacks will face again the UBD Sharks in UBD Rugby Field this Saturday at 4pm. KB Pythons are now playing there games at their home field the latter weeks then ending the tournament in a knockout stage, leaving the grand final to held at the Panaga Rugby Field.

Don’t miss the rugby action! Games will be tougher, harder, and more exciting now that the Bandar Blacks are at the top of the league table and the Sharks and Pythons will fight to regain position as the best club of the year.

Schedule can be seen below, for more of your Brunei Rugby updates, read it here in Brunei Rugby Online!

05/05/2012

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Bandar Blacks Vs  UBD Sharks  UBD C  4.00 – 6.00pm

12/05/2012

HOME  AWAY  VENUE  TIME
UBD Sharks  Vs  KB Pythons  PANAGA  4.00 – 6.00pm

19/05/2012

HOME  AWAY  VENUE  TIME
KB Pythons  Vs  Bandar Blacks  PANAGA  4.00 – 6.00pm

26/05/2012

Semi-Final 1 (2nd plays 3rd)  UBD  4.00-6.00pm

02/06/2012   09th June

 VENUE  TIME
Grand Final  PANAGA  2.00-6.00
22
Apr
12

Bandar Blacks vs KB Pythons: 34 – 17

The first round of the Senior Rugby League Tournament has ended with the Bandar Blacks reigning the tournament. Remember that it has been awhile since the Blacks are on top, will this year be the return of the champions of 2008 and 2006? Old rivalries between the two champions of past SLRTs are now fuming!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the tournament is not over yet! Second round of the tournament will commence in the 5th of May with the Bandar Blacks and the UBD Sharks playing again. Will this next match be different from the last one? We can only speculate that the all 3 teams are strategizing in the next two weeks before the games commence. This year’s rugby action will be harder, stronger, and glorifying. Don’t miss it!

Blacks in charge against Pythons

Bandar Blacks’ Ahmad Faez Hj Anuar (C) pushes past Belait Pythons’ Ak Muizuddin Pg Ismail (R) while being chased by Halil Wakiyuddin Kamis (L) during yesterday’s Brunei Senior Rugby League match at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Sports Complex in Tungku Link. The Blacks beat the Pythons 34-17.Picture: BT/ Jason Thomas
JASON THOMAS
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Sunday, April 22, 2012

THE Bandar Blacks stormed to a 34-17 win over Brunei Senior Rugby League (BSRL) titleholders Belait Pythons yesterday to put themselves firmly in the driver’s seat in the race for this season’s crown.Winning both of their games since the league started two weeks ago, two-time champions Blacks are now shoe-ins to clinch their third title come next month putting them tied on league trophies with the Pythons.

A shadow of the side which has dominated the league for the past few years, three-time champions Pythons trailed 29-0 at the break and allowed the hosts who were powered by a fierce forward pack to cross the line for the sixth time before coming back with three unanswered tries, though they still weren’t able to escape their second loss in as many matches.

Asan Timbang’s hat-trick paved the way for the victory, scoring all his tries in the first half at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Sports Complex in Tungku Link.

Older brother Azahar, Charlie Longstaff and Nobel Lee also contributed to the Blacks’ scoreline with Murray Thompson converting two of the tries.

“We have to be favourites now, especially with the bonus points we have (after scoring more than four tries in their games,” declared Blacks’ captain Owen Martin, who knows that there are only two more games to be played in the three-team league.

“We have 10 points, Pythons have four and the (UBD) Sharks are on zero.

“I think they (Pythons) underestimated us … Our forwards were immense. We had run the gamut in the first half, but credit to the Pythons, they played better in the second half.

“We were tired (but) in the end we realised what we had to do to run the game out,” added the inside-centre.

The loss of fly-half Longstaff to the sin-bin for backchat at the start of the second half also played into the Pythons hands’, though the Belait-based team’s stand-in captain Muhammad Ziyad Hj Ramlee felt their weak forward line-up meant the game was as good as over after the first half.

That the team’s captain Petrus Tuan only played in the second half due to injury and the side were second-best in fitness also made matters worst for the visitors, who were playing with several young players.

“We didn’t have a stable forward and back line-up … a few of our backs had working commitments, so this is really a second string side who don’t train together a lot,” said Ziyad.

“Our forwards were losing on the scrums (but) we played better in the second half with Ratu Conkanasiga coming in and Habib Waliyuddin going to second row,” he added.

Asan put the Blacks ahead after capping off a free-flowing move in the sixth minute which ended on the left and Azhar scored in the 24th minute after taking advantage of a quick line-out, with Thompson’s boot making it 12-0.

Asan exploited the left-flank once in the 30th minute to grab his second and set the score at 17-0.

Not playing to the whistle cost the Pythons five minutes later as Asan ran down the middle to cross the line, and Thompson converted to give the Blacks a 24-0 lead.

Enjoying play and possession, the Blacks had their opponents on the back foot and bullied a weak forward pack which lost the ball in a scrum to score their fifth try through Longstaff just before the break which couldn’t have come any faster for the Pythons.

Their half-time team talk seemed to do the trick, with the Pythons producing a few fierce hits which got their fans on their feet.

That didn’t stop the Blacks from scoring five minutes after the restart through, Lee crossing the line in what was their first real attack of the half.

Some good forward play finally saw the battering Conkanasiga score in between the posts, and the conversion which made it 34-7 give the Pythons a much needed boost in the 50th minute.

With a new-found edge in possession, the Pythons clawed back to 34-12 with a try from Ak Muizuddin Pg Ismail, who nearly ran the entire length of the left flank to score in the 68th minute.

The visitors now started playing better, linking up wisely and stringing more phases which led to Column John scoring.

But with only three minutes left, it was too little too late.

Despite the loss Muhammad Ziyad felt the Pythons’ charge for the crown isn’t over yet.

“Noone knows. We play the same two teams again in the second round (and) we play at home so we need to win those games.

“We’re not going to be the same (then),” he promised.The Brunei Times

17
Apr
12

UBD Sharks vs KB Pythons : 17 – 13

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An interesting turn of events and it looks like the league is about to get more exciting! Defending Champions Pythons now see a strong challenge in the Sharks, heating up the rivalry between the three teams.

How will this tournament fare now that the Sharks have sprung back into action from their last match and the Pythons will now face the Bandar Blacks this week? We can only speculate that tactics and strategies are probably now being refined, reviewed, and modified because this year’s tournament, ladies and gentlemen, may end with surprises. Battles are hard fought and currently, it isn’t over. We wish the KB Pythons and the Bandar Blacks the best of luck!

Read on about last Saturdays match on the Brunei Times article below and check out the photos of UBD Sharks vs KB Pythons match at:  http://faiqairudin.com/b/kbpythonsvsubdsharks/ Courtesy of Faiq Airudin.

Catch the next game as the next match will be the KB Pythons against the Bandar Blacks this Saturday! For more updates, hear them here in Brunei Rugby Online.

UBD Sharks prey on Pythons

A Pythons player (20) trying to pass the ball during a line-out against the UBD Sharks yesterday.The Sharks won 17-13. Picture: Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh
AK FAUZI PG SALLEH
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Sunday, April 15, 2012

UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Sharks are back on track in the Brunei Senior Rugby League (BSRL).The Sharks took down Belait Pythons with an emphatic 17-13 win at the UBD Sports Complex in Tungku Link yesterday.

Bouncing back after an embarrassing 22-3 defeat at the hands of Bandar Blacks in the BSRL opener last Saturday, their first win of the season was an important morale boost for the team.

Dominating the line-outs, scrums, rucks and mauls, the Sharks were hoping to prove that last week’s loss was a one-off incident.

The Sharks has a brilliant start, penning their opponents inside their own 10 metre line to start the game.

They could have scored as early as the five-minute mark had they made use of their fast backs and wings.

The Pythons were lacking in focus and it cost them dearly.

They allowed Sharks to score a try (with conversion) and a penalty in the first half.

The Sharks would add another try and conversion in the second.

Their numerous missed tackles and unorganised defence led to their downfall.

Their forwards could not keep up with the Sharks whose superb pace and passing earned them their first win over Pythons in three years.

“We waited three years to beat the Pythons. The first ten minutes we were on their half, we keep on pressuring in the game and forced them to mistakes,” said Sharks backs Lim Shen Quan.

Earlier in the game, Quan broke the deadlock when he stepped up to convert the penalty to give Sharks a 3-0 lead.

Pythons replied with a try of their own but failed to score the conversion before Nurul Safuan Md Ali scored the first try for UBD Sharks in the season to lead 10-5 lead heading into the break.

The second half saw and Julian Edward Penstone score the try after they were awarded a penalty by referee Clifford Chin following a dangerous high tackle by the Pythons player.

Sharks made use of their solid defence in the second half to hold on to their 17-13 lead for the win.

“They put everything in the game, they played really well, it is a very important game for us because we lost against Bandar Blacks last week, so we have to win this game just to stay in the competition,” said Sharks coach Shafiq Kamalie.

“The boys came out and they came through and it was hard, and today we were lucky to come away with a win,” he added.

The Brunei Times

11
Apr
12

Bandar Blacks vs UBD Sharks: 22 – 3

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Today’s Brunei Times has coverage on the opening match of the Senior League Rugby Tournament. A fantastic match and performance I say! Hope the fans enjoyed the match and congratulations to the Blacks for their first win of the season!

This Saturday will see a face-off between defending Champions, the KB Pythons, and tournament hopefuls UBD Sharks. We can only wish the Sharks to keep your heads up high and that both teams good luck for this coming game.

News is that instead of the planned game to be held in Panaga, will be now moved to UBD Rugby Field. More updates, hear from us at Brunei Rugby Online.

Blacks tame Sharks in BSRL opener

The Bandar Blacks team (pic) who emerged victorious in their Brunei Senior Rugby League match against the UBD Sharks last Saturday.
Picture: Courtesy of Lisa Omarali
AK FAUZI PG SALLEH
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

THE Bandar Blacks recorded a well deserved 22-3 win over the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Sharks in the first game of the Brunei Senior Rugby League (BSRL) match last Saturday.The match, played at the UBD Sports Complex in Tungku link, was evenly contested in the early stages. Both teams were presented several scoring opportunities, only to be denied by desperate tackles from the opposing forwards.

It was the Blacks who struck first when Mohammad Azahar Awg Timbang busted through UBD’s defence to score the first try of the game at the 10-minute mark.

The score would read 5-0 to the Blacks after they failed to connect on the conversion.

The Sharks would respond quickly, capitalising on the Blacks’ violation during a ruck by scoring on a penalty to trail 5-3.

The game turned out to be a battle between forwards, with the Blacks coming up on top. They enjoyed a majority of possession and territory in the first half.

The Blacks continued to play aggressively and managed to increase their lead when winger Hasan Azahar Awg Timbang scored the second try for his team to give them a comfortable 10-3 advantage going into the second half.

The second half saw the Sharks struggle to maintain possession.

The Blacks, meanwhile, continued their impressive play, scoring two more tries before the final whistle.

The Blacks’ third try went to Mohammad Azahar while hard working flanker Ahmed Faez Anuar “Eazy Anuar” scored the final try of the game.

More impressive was that Ahmed Faez Anuar had to play two positions after the Blacks’ scrum half was red carded for a dangerous tackle in the 16th minute.

He played the majority of the game as scrum half, in addition to chasing after loose balls during the rucks while still making tackles.

The next match will be played on Saturday between the Kuala Belait Pythons and the Sharks at the Panaga Club in Kuala Belait.

These are the only three teams competing in this year’s edition of the Brunei Senior Rugby League tournament.

The Brunei Times

01
Apr
12

Brunei Senior Rugby League Tournament 2012 : Fixtures

Ruggers and Supporters, here are the schedule and fixtures of this year’s Senior League where the tournament stretches from April to June. The four tournament participants are the KB Pythons, IPT Sharks, Bandar Blacks, and MS Police (Of which, confirmation is pending in their participation this year). Other items of which are also to be confirmed is the venue of the playoffs and finals, the majestic Belapan Field, as well as the Police Stadium.

Although, spectators can watch this year’s rugby at the Panaga Club Rugby Field in the Belait District, and the UBD Rugby Field located at the University’s Sports Complex, home of the KB Pythons and the Sharks respectively.

Also announced: This years National Squad Training for the Asian 5 Nations begins in 28th of April 2012

Bring your flags, your banners, and your loud voices to support your favorite teams and remember to observe discipline on viewing. It’s a friendly sport, the rugby, probably played by the nicest people in the country.

Follow up the rugby action in Brunei here in Brunei Rugby Online!

PARTICIPATING TEAMS:

BANDAR BLACKS RFC

PYTHONS RFC

UBD/ITB SHARKS

MS POLICE*

FIXTURES:

07/04/2012

HOME

 

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VENUE

TIME

UBD Sharks Vs Bandar Blacks UBD C 4.00 – 6.00pm
MS Police Vs KB Pythons * 4.00 – 6.00pm

14/04/2012

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VENUE

TIME

KB Pythons Vs UBD Sharks Panaga 4.00 – 6.00pm
Bandar Blacks Vs MS Police UBD C 4.00 – 6.00pm

21/04/2012

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VENUE

TIME

Bandar Blacks Vs KB Pythons UBD C 4.00 – 6.00pm
MS Police Vs UBD Sharks * 4.00 – 6.00pm
 

 

28/04/2012 First squad Training for A5N

 

05/05/2012

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VENUE

TIME

Bandar Blacks Vs UBD Sharks UBD C 4.00 – 6.00pm
KB Pythons Vs  MS Police Panaga 4.00 – 6.00pm
Vs 4.00 – 6.00pm

12/05/2012

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VENUE

TIME

UBD Sharks Vs KB Pythons UBD C 4.00 – 6.00pm
MS Police Vs Bandar Blacks * 4.00 – 6.00pm
Vs 4.00 – 6.00pm

19/05/2012

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VENUE

TIME

KB Pythons Vs Bandar Blacks Panaga 4.00 – 6.00pm
UBD Sharks Vs Police UBD C 4.00 – 6.00pm
Vs 4.00 – 6.00pm


26/05/2012

Semi-Final 1 (2nd plays 3rd)

Belapan Field*

4.25 – 6.00pm*

Semi-Final 2 (1st plays 4th)

Belapan Field*

8.00 – 10.00pm*

02/06/2012

VENUE

TIME

3RD & 4TH Play-off

Belapan Field*

4.00 – 6.00pm*

Grand Final

Belapan Field*

8.00 – 10.00pm*


* To Be Confirmed