1 April 2017 – COBRA maintained their Premier status after they won their play-off match against Panthers Blowpipes. COBRA comfortably cruised to beat Blowpipes 28 – 10. The 10.30am kick-off saw COBRA completely in control through out the match.
Both team tried their best in the opening encounter to control the game. The only try and conversion in the first half belong to COBRA. However, there was some controversy when the Blowpipes bench claimed that there was a knock on just before COBRA scored the try. Japanese, Ryoma Kudo completed the 7 points after he completed the conversion in the 7th minutes. COBRA and Blowpipes contested the match well for the rest of the half but unable to add any points.
COBRA managed to improve early in the second half as they worked pass COBRA to score two tries and completed both conversion in the first 10 minutes. Winger, Mohammad Isyraf Mohd Razif scored the first one in the fourth minutes while the second try was scored by Sae-Falupaga 5 minutes later. Ryoma Kudo completed both conversions as COBRA comfortably lead 21 – 0.
Panthers Blowpipes took the advantage to score their first 3 points in the match as COBRA was playing with 14 players after their captain, Mohd Syahir Asyraf received yellow card. Fullback, Muhammad Afiq Izzat scored the penalty. Mohd Syahir Asyraf then repaid his team effort in keeping Blowpipes at bay as he score COBRA fourth try in the 32nd minutes. Ryoma Kudo made it 4 out of 4 conversions as he added 2 more points.
Panthers Blowpipes try came in the last minute of the match. They end their Premier Division adventure on high as Muhd Zarul Aizat scored the try. Muhammad Afiq Izzat added 2 more points from the conversion.
The match ended with 28 – 10 score line for COBRA to retain the Premier status. Most of COBRA player looked relief as the referee blow the final whistle as they stay in the elite group for another year. Panthers Blowpipes on the other hand will be playing in Division 1 for 2018 campaign, the Division they suppose to compete before they took Eagles Rugby Club spot who compete in the East Division.
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