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Rhinos seal Darussalam Cup berth
Monday, April 21, 2014

The Miri Rhinos edged the Bandar Blacks 33-26 in the Brunei Rugby Football Union (BRFU) Darussalam Cup semi-final play off last Saturday.

It was the Rhinos' first win after losing three of their BRFU Premiership matches and pulling out of one during the league matches.

The win will see the Rhinos take on the BRFU Premiership champions Knights Rugby Football Club at the Sungai Kebun Sports Complex on Sunday at 4pm.

The other semi-final will see defending champions Universiti Brunei Darussalam Sharks go head-to-head with the Belait Pythons in Sungai Kebun on Saturday at 7pm.

Rhinos manager Bunyamin Matnor confessed that his team always take a while to warm up when going into a game.

"Miri have always been slow starters, especially after some breaks," Matnor said.

"Our defending was poor in the first 15 minutes but we finally got into the game after that, and with team determination, we finally won the game," he said.

Bandar Blacks player/coach Iqbal Dato Paduka Hj Selamat shared that his team were leading in the first half with their game plan, but in the second half Miri clearly showed their experience in the back line said Iqbal.

"Fitness was a factor and experience but we never gave up. With every game we played, it was evident we grew and still are growing," he said.

"Miri played hard as well and came out on top, and I wish them luck for the remainder of the tournament."

Courtesy from Brunei Times