Positive from Hong Kong
28 June 2017 – Malaysia ended the Mini Tournament in Hong Kong with positive notes. The Women 7’s team, on course in preparing for the upcoming SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur came back with a win, a draw and two defeats. They were scheduled to play 5 matches in the tournament but only played 4 due to technical problem.
Malaysia did not played the first match as the Under 20 Dragon did not have enough player for the match. Malaysia then comfortably won the second game 40 – 0 against Under 20 Lions. Both Under 20 Lions and Under 20 Dragon’s players were playing for their spot in Hong Kong Under 20 team for the upcoming Asia Rugby 7’s Under 20 this August in Hong Kong.
Malaysia lost the third match 5 – 10 to Development Dragons which were consist of 4 National Hong Kong 7’s player and 8 Hong Kong 15’s player. It was a good match considering the defeat was against a far more superior and experience team.
Malaysia draw 5 – 5 in the fourth match against Development Lions. The Lions were consist of ex-Hong Kong Under 20 players who missed their spot in Hong Kong 7’s team.
Malaysia faced another team who will compete in the SEA Games, Philippines. Their wish for the revenge against the Philippines did not materialised as they narrowly lost the match 14 – 15. They were also beaten by Philippines in the 3rd/4th place match after the sudden death in the recent South East Asia 7’s back in April.
According to the head coach, the match fitness for the whole team reached the 90% and they should be ready in time for the SEA Games. He also saw a lot of improvement in the game pattern where they applied set pieces and unit skills during the matches. He was also glad to see vast improvement in line speed of defence as well as on one on one tackling.
Malaysia will be able to have a lot of positive result if they able to improve their decision making and urgencies during break down. They need to prepare their mental and mind set as well if they really want to go for Gold in the SEA Games.
Malaysia will be hoping for Norfarhana, Fidelia Limang and Cindy John to have speedy recovery as they suffered slight injury from the tournament. Both Norfarhana and Fidelia suffered sprained ankle while Cindy had to be taken out due to knocked on the neck after she was high tackled in the last match against Philippines.
Malaysia are dreaming for Gold on both Men and Women during the upcoming SEA Games. The rugby 7’s match will take place at the Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya Stadium on 19th until 20th August 2017.