Brunei’s women rugby team gains international reputation despite a losing streak

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Members of Brunei’s women rugby team in action Image: Ak Bahri Ali/Sportographybn


National rugby team sank to the bottom of the list after a losing streak at the Asia Rugby Women Sevens Trophy Brunei 2018 last week.

The two-day tournament which took place in Panaga Club, Seria saw the team getting stomped by Laos (0-24), Indonesia (5-25), Guam (0-38), Malaysia (0-46) and Pakistan (10-15).

Malaysia emerged as the champion and brought home the trophy after beating Philippines 10-7 at the finals on Sunday.

Despite the loss, the team’s vice-captain Nicole Jones is optimistic that her teammates will take it as a challenge to improve and do better in the next games.

She further said that the team had “predicted their defeat” as most of the players have never took part in an international tournament before.

A member of Brunei’s women rugby team being held by the opposing team Image: Ak Bahri Ali/Sportographybn

“This tournament is definitely a massive debut for us, allowing us to set our training benchmark so we could do better in the next matches,” she said.

“Our main aim was to represent women in Brunei and show that we too, can take up Rugby – and I think we executed that pretty well,” added the vice-captain.

Jones also noted that their opponents at the tournament were tough and there is a lot to learn before they can play eye-to-eye with some of the rugby giants.

“We just need more matches so the girls could take more experience. Hopefully this will carry on so we could become stronger and ready for the coming series,” she said.

The Bruneian