Despite having enough chances to take the game into their own hands, the Rhinos were denied the victory by poor finishing.
Instead they were humbled by the aging stars of the visiting T-Team who had Rosdi Talib to thank for after the former international scored twice through set pieces.
Ironically, Sabah also scored through a set piece.
Billyton Vun Ket Ming scored the leveler two minutes after the break to erase Rosdi’s 27th minute opener.
In the 61st minute, Rosdi unleashed a spectacular free kick from about 25 metres that wrong footed Harold John that proved to be the final blow for the home side.
It was a game that the Rhinos could have at least snatched a point but poor finishing denied them yet again despite having more than three golden chances.
Alto Linus and Leopold Alphonso Otong were the first to test T-Team keeper Ismail Abd Rahman early in the game.
Alto saw his weak grounder from inside the box go straight to the keeper while Leopold shot wide from close range.
Then T-Team had their first attempt where they earned a free kick from about 25 metres. Rosdi’s free kick went straight into the back of the net.
About four minutes later, Sabah also earned a free kick at the other end but unfortunately the curling shot hit the right goalpost.
Two minutes before the break, Sabah were again close to scoring the equaliser when Alto’s header off a free kick taken by Billyton was inches wide.
After the break, Sabah finally found the much needed equaliser when Billyton’s free kick from the edge of the box went straight into the back of the net.
Towards the end of the game, Sabah had one or two chances of scoring the leveler for the second time, but again they were denied by poor finishing.
And in the dying seconds of the game, Harold made a superb save that could have extended T-Team’s lead.