BY DARREN CHIN
BRUNEI-MUARA - FLYING Kukris RFC retained their status as the country’s rugby union top dogs yesterday after defeating Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Sharks 17-0 to win the Brunei Rugby Football Union Premiership 2016 final in convincing fashion at the Sungai Kebun Sports Complex in Lumapas.
The Kukris largely dominated the match yesterday with play rarely leaving the Sharks’ half throughout the 80 minutes. John Kasami broke the deadlock early on when he scored a try following a scrum after 15 minutes, with team captain Kyle Williams successfully kicking his conversion for a 7-0 lead.
UBD Sharks missed their best chance to score a try halfway shortly after when Muhd Aiman Haziq Hj Muhd Yunos was released down the right but were thwarted when he was brought down a few metres from the try line.
Dan Smith then scored another try just before halftime to extend the defending champions’ lead before Peter Crawley sealed the win with another try a few minutes into the second half.
However, Williams failed in both subsequent conversion attempts but the team from Seria held on comfortably for the rest of the match to see out the win.
Speaking to The Brunei Times, Williams said that he was delighted with the title as the team has worked hard despite the interruptions they faced.
“We barely had a consistent lineup throughout the tournament but the lads who turned up each week gave it their best,” he said.
Williams added that he hoped local authorities would give their support in promoting the sport in the country.
“Our goal is not just to win week in week out but also to build rugby up in the country as there is a bank of talent waiting to be tapped into despite this being more of a footballing country,” he said.
-- Courtesy of The Brunei Times