17 July 2018 – Rimau 7s team performed well in the warm-up tournament as they showed class in the two days tournament. They were untouchable throughout the tournament, cruised in all 6 matches to the title.
The head coach, Saizul Hafifi decided to rest captain, Zulkiflee Azmi, newcomer Muhd Safiy Mohd Said, Azwan Zuwairi Aziz and Zaiheri Zumardi for the trip to the far north of Malaysia.
3 win out of 3 group matches saw Rimau, as expected, topped the Pool A. KSDBKL sat second with 6 points after they were humble down by the national team 17 – 0. They didn’t even need to go to the third gear in all the group matches as they focus on getting the match fitness to peak in the Asia games soon.
The team opened the second day with a confident display as they overcame UNIMAP 31 – 0 in the quarter-final. They book the final spot thanks to 24 – 0 over SUKMA Negeri Sembilan.
Malaysia 7s finally showed a glimpsed of what they can do and put 8 tries pass ABI JOB FC in the final match. Malaysia 7s easily cruised to the title with 54 – 0 win.
Malaysia will travel to Sarawak next week as they will take part in the Song Kheng Hai – Memorial Cup 2018 which will take place in Kuching. They will then head to Japan to play in the Asia Invitational 7s at Sapporo in the first week of August as the final preparation before Asia Games in Jakarta starting from 30th August.
Photos by Aiman Farhan