30 April 2017 – It was a final match between 2 national team in Langkawi International Rugby 7’s. Rimau 7’s, the name the national 7’s team used for the tournament beat SAHOCA Red which was consist of numbers of Malaysia 15’s player who just came back from Perth. Rimau edged SAHOCA 26 – 21.
Both team had the perfect 100% record on the first day to top their respective group. They continue their fine performance as they dominated the quarter final match. Rimau 7’s did not let Wipers Alamanda to have a breather when they controlled the match from the very first whistle. Rimau beat Wipers to setup semi final match against SSTMI Tsunami. SAHOCA had an excellent quarter final when they recorded the biggest win in the Cup quarter final. Red was miles better to beat Iskandar Raiders 46 – 0 and set a mouth watering final against Mersing Eagles.
SSTMI with numbers of young talented rugger unable to provide any challenge against Rimau. Rimau ran out 37 – 0 over the young SSTMI. Mersing Eagles pushed SAHOCA to play their best game in the semi final before The Red overcame the Eagles 31 – 14 and setup the match all the Malaysia rugby fan wanted to see in the final.
SAHOCA lead by national player, Mohd Fairuz Abdul Rahman drew the first blood as they broke the deadly in the second minutes, only to ignite Rimau 7’s to come back with 2 tries and a conversion in the first half. Rimau lead SAHOCA 12 – 7 in the first seven minutes.
It was the match that could end either way. SAHOCA certainly showed what they can do as they want to keep the tittle for 2 consecutive years. Both team played their best game only to see Rimau clinched the tittle as they won 26 – 21 after the final whistle. 3 Fijians, Jone Marawa, Etonia Vaqa and Illeasa Tiqe in the SAHOCA team unable to help them to win the match.
Rimau 7’s brought home RM 1500, medals as well as the championship trophy for winning the Cup final.
Panthers Blowpipes clinched Plate as they beat Wipers Alamanda 19 – 7 in the Plate final. Terengganu RT also won the Bowl tittle as they won their macth against Junior Bost Gaurus 26 – 5.
Rimau 7’s win the championship, it certainly a well welcome tittle as that will create a big boost among the player as they need to gain confident to go for the gold in the upcoming SEA Games. They will have another test in July as they will compete in the Pre SEA Games. Rimau 7’s lost in the final in the last SEA 7’s earlier in this month in Singapore at the hand of the host who will also compete in the SEA Games.
Photos by Hafiz Kathi/ SAHOCA RC