NAYPYIDAW - With grim stares and chests puffed out, Singapore's water polo team marched out to the tune of Go Go Power Rangers at the Zayarthiri swimming pool.
Looking for a 25th successive gold at the SEA Games, it was perhaps apt that they were cast as superheroes.
But their powers deserted them yesterday, as they laboured to an unconvincing 8-5 win over Thailand.
Singapore coach Lee Sai Meng faulted his side's decision-making, saying they failed to go for the extra pass and rushed shots instead.
It was a step backwards, he added, from the 18-7 thumping of Malaysia in their opener a day earlier.
"Our attack was not as good as it can be," Lee said with a sigh. "Sometimes, I'm not sure why we play like this."
The Thais are regarded as the third-best side in the five-nation tournament. Medals are awarded to the top three outfits.