Sharks coach warns players not to be complacent

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Sharks coach Mogamat Shafeek Kamalie said his team have learnt their lesson after salvaging a late 31-31 draw against the Bandar Blacks in last week’s Brunei Rugby Football Union (BRFU) Premiership game.

The Sharks were trailing 31-19 when Md Aliuddin Timbang forced his way through for a try to cut the deficit to seven points at the UBD Sports Complex at Jalan Tungku on Sunday.

Ak Muhd Daniel Mu’izzaddin Shah Pg Rizam Alamshah squeezed in another try for the BRFU Rugby Sevens Series champions with just three minutes left to play before Md Aliuddin completed the conversion to level the score.

“If there was ever any complacency in this team, I am sure it has now been knocked out of them after the match,” said the coach in an interview with _The Brunei Times _yesterday.

“We looked like we already lost the game (to Bandar Blacks) and those two tries that we scored came from almost nowhere,” he added.

Shafeek was also full of praise for the Bandar Blacks and urged his charges to remain focused and ready for the rest of the season.

“We knew from the start of the tournament that having only four teams competing has not weakened the quality of the oppositions in this tournament,” the South African said.

“The Blacks have a lot of experience in their ranks and they can definitely cause problems for us.

“We managed to get a draw in this match but salvaging two points will make no difference because at the end of this leg, whoever we play in the playoffs will surely be up for it… So we need to be ready for anything,” he stressed.

Last season’s runners-up, the Sharks will continue their campaign on Sunday against defending champions the Kukris at the British Garrison in Seria while Bandar Blacks face Knights Rugby Football Club at the Sungai Kebun Sports Complex on Saturday.

The play-offs will see the team which finishes at the top of the group going up against the bottom-placed team. The second-place team will play the third-place finisher.

Both matches are slated to be held at the Sungai Kebun Sports Complex early next month.

Organised by the BRFU, the final will be held on October 30 at the same venue.

The Sharks lost the title on the final day of last year’s tournament to the Kukris after going down 26-6 to finish second behind the champions on goal difference.

The Brunei Times