Category: Club

Good warm up in Perlis

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

Merrier Muo 10s

7 March 2018 – 48 teams from 3 different categories took part in the 2018 Muo 10s as they play for the Dato’ Razali Cup. The one-day tournament saw 16 teams compete in each category. They were divided into 5 teams.

In open club category, Predators C proved to be in their own class as they demolished all their opponents throughout the tournament. They started the day in Pool C alongside another 2 good teams, BP Jokers, and Apachee. Both teams however unable to provide much trouble for Predators C as the predators went on to win 26 – 0 over BP Jokers and 17 – 0 over Apachee.

That put them on top of the ranking. 2 tries and 2 conversions see them through to the semi-final as they beat Since 92 in the quarter-final. Despite their good run in the group stage, SAJOHA Vikings unable to challenge Predators C as they went down 0 – 28. Predators C faced Kluang RC in the final.

The final match was as close as it can be but luck was on Predators C side. They scored 3 tries as Predators compared to one by Kluang RC. Predators C lift the Dato’ Razali Cup after 17 – 7 win over Kluang RC in the final.

Over to the Under 17 categories, SMK Seri Mersing continues their great run as they lift their 3rd title in two weeks. Seri Mersing lift the MCKK 7s title before they became the champion of MSS Johor few days prior to this tournament. Their best challenge came in the form of tournament host, MRSM Muar in the semi-final. They won the semi-final match 12 – 5.

Seri Mersing did not have much problem as they were in control throughout the final match. Mersing overcame Sekolah Menengah Sains Batu Pahat (SEHEBAT). They scored 3 tries to win the match 15 – 0. This is also a second consecutive Muo 10s title for Seri Mersing

It was great to see 16 teams compete in the touch rugby for the women category. The GRR club from Kuala Lumpur became the champion after they overcame Sekolah Sultan Ismail from Johor Bahru by a single try.

The patron of COBRAZ club, Dato Seri Razali Ibrahim, Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Muar constituency in the State of Johor who is also Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department attended and present the trophy to the winner.

The tournament was organized by MRSM Muar Rugby Club lead by Noor Amin Ramlan who is also the tournament coordinator in collaboration with Cobraz Muar Rugby Club lead by Mohd Dzulkarnain Saim, Cobraz Muar Rugby Club president.

Photos by Fadzil Daud

STAROBA shocked Tigers

On paper, it should be an easy game for KL Tigers – one of the strongest team around, the sparring partners of our national XV team. Rumour has it, they have yet to lose to a local team in the past 3 years. Comparing head to head between the two, their pack is bigger, stronger and have been playing together longer than their opponent.

As far as the league is concerned, both teams came into the match unbeaten in their last 2 games. Previously STAROBA had demolished Rangers 26-5, whilst KL Tigers mauled SMSOB 36-5.

KL Tigers were brimming with confidence, looking forward to another scalp to add to their impressive winning records. They attacked STAROBA from the first whistle and relentlessly pushed forward using their physical advantage and brute force. They came in waves and dominated the opening of the game. For their efforts, the Tigers scored the first points of the game vide a try in the 10 mins and successfully converted the conversion to lead 7-0. Despite their domination, KL Tigers were unable to increase the tally and the score remained until the whistle to bring in the players for the break.

STAROBA strived as an underdog. If the first half belonged to KL Tigers, STAROBA defiantly owned the second half. It was where they executed their game plan to perfection, running down and tiring the Tigers out. And they did it in style. STAROBA reduced the margin to 7-3 after a penalty conversion by Mohamad Fahmi Zainudin in 43rd minutes. Indisciplined of KL Tigers presented STAROBA with the chance to reduce the margin further. Mohamad Fahmi added another 3 points to the board in 48th minutes, 7-6 to KL Tigers. Stunned by 2 consecutive penalty conversion and faced with the prospect of having their winning records broken, KL Tigers sprung into action and scored a try in the 55 mins to swing the tide of the match back in their favor.

It was a do or die time for STAROBA, another slip up will give KL Tiger an insurmountable lead. Digging deep into their reserve, STAROBA forced a try trough well-organized pick and go drives. A try by Muhammad Amirul Syafiq and Muhammad Zulhilmi Rosli with a successful ensuing conversion brought the match to a one-point game.

Another error by KL Tigers presented STAROBA with the chance to go in front for the first time for the entire game. There was no need for a second invitation for this. Muhammad Zulhilmi Rosli kept his nerve of steel, stepped up and converted the penalty to earn STAROBA a well-deserved victory, 16-14.

Photos courtesy of Staroba Rugby

East Cup Derby to be organised annually

16 February 2018 – The very first edition of East Cup Derby match was held last Saturday. The match took place at the Kolej Vokasional Pengkalan Chepa. Kota Bharu Rugby Club played the role as the host as they welcome Marang Malin Rugby Club for the 2018 edition.

The tournament came out after a successful discussion between the two clubs. The match created numbers of positive vibes and the two clubs are planning to have it annually. Terengganu will host the next edition after Kelantan had the first one. The two states will take the turn to host it.

It is their wish to strengthen the sporting spirit among the local players from both states through this tournament. They also wish to spread the positive vibes about the sport towards the local community in Kelantan and Terengganu.

Kota Bharu Rugby Club came out victorious in the first edition. KBRC beat Marang Marlin RC 24 – 10 to bring home the trophy and medals.

Photos by KBRC.

Single point separate Lions and Mongoose

5 February 2018 – JKR Perak will be thinking about this match for a very long time. This is especially after they let their chance to win it slip under their nose as they unable to convert the last conversion.

Both teams played their best game, with the winner of the game will be able to avoid last year champion, RMR Warriors in the semi-final.

Mongoose was in the lead for the first half as they scored two tries through Mohamad Shah Izwan Bin Nordin and Azzhar Bin Zainal. Shah Izwan added 3 more points through penalty as they lead Lions 13 – 5. Lions try was scored by Kamarul Nizam bin Alang Ahmed.

Lions managed to turn the things around as they finally found their rhythm in the second half. Muhammad Zikri bin Mohd Zaini, Onn Fadhli Hasanudin, and Aidid Razak scored one try each as Lions lead Mongoose 24 – 18 with Muqri Dini was also on form with two successful conversions.

Mohamad Ali Hasan Bin Badiozaman scored the third try for Mongoose before Muhammad Zaki Bin Mohd Redzuan try 4 minutes before the final whistle gave the JKR chance to win the game. Ridhwan Sulaiman who was appointed to take the conversion saw his kick was blocked by the opponent.

The match ended with the win for Ipoh Lions 24 – 23 over JKR Perak. It will be a tough semi-final encounter for Mongoose as they will need to produce their top match against RMR Warriors. That match is scheduled to take place on 10 February 2018.

Ipoh Lions will face Edwardian a day later. Both matches will kick off at 4.00pm at Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Follow the latest info of Perak League here http://ragbionline.com/tournament/perak-rugby-league/

Photos by Ipoh Lions

Father against son in Melaka

5 February 2018 – A family was divided into two for 60 minutes as a son played against his father and his elder brother in Melaka. The Bowl semi-final between XMoruc and UiTM Strait Hawks in 2018 Melaka Rugby League saw Xmoruc came out victorious and advance to the Bowl final.

19 years old Adeeb Adliey faced his 21 years old brother Aliff Najmiey as well as his 46 years old father, Mohd Nazir who played for XMoruc. Adeeb’s UiTM unable to use their mobility as XMoruc dominated and beat them 20 – 7. The match took place at the KV Melaka Tengah.

XMoruc will face EXSEL in the Bowl Final. That match will be held at KV Melaka Tengah on 10 February. Kick off will be at 4.30pm

It is always great to see the father figure of Mohd Nazir influence his two sons to follow his footstep to play rugby.

Elsewhere, Politeknik Merlimau fired warning as they continue their fine display in Melaka League. The Hornets overcame another top team, Highlanders 49 – 12. Sufi Mustaqim was their top performers as he scored one try as well as completed 3 conversions.

Universiti Teknikal Melaka narrowly beat Boys of Merlimau in the earlier kick-off. A conversion made the difference as UTEM beat BOM 7 – 5.

Do follow the latest update on Melaka League at http://ragbionline.com/tournament/melaka-rugby-league/

Carnivoran Mongoose off to a good start

30 January 2018 – Match week two of Perak Rugby League saw Carnivoran Mongoose recorded winning start in this year league. The team is in Pool B alongside last year runner-up, Ipoh Lions as well as Polis Perak.

Carnivoran had the perfect match as they scored 5 tries against Polis Perak. Shahrul Izham bin Talib contributed the most points with 12 as Cornivoran beat Polis Perak 34 – 12.

Match week 3 will see Carnivoran take on Ipoh Lions. The team captain, who is also their key player, Ridhwan Sulaiman will need to play an important role in guiding this team pass Lions. Ridhwan already contributed 5 points to the team through a penalty and a conversion in the first match.

The team is being formed with the mix of young and well-experienced player. It will be interesting to see Shahrul Izham bin Talib and Mohammad Shah Izwan Nordin who is also part of SUKMA Perak 2017 team to drive this team forward.

Carnivoran will have to shift to another gear in match week 3. They will take on Ipoh Lions on 4th February 2018. The winner of that match will top Pool B as the top two will advance to the semi-final.

Both teams will be eager to win the match and avoid last year champion, RMR Warriors in the semi-final.

Photos from Carnivoran Mongoose

‘Malaysia’ Angels expect to go all the way

29 January 2018 – Univeriti Putra Malaysia men team is expected to go all the way in the upcoming Sukan Institut Pengajian Tinggi (SUKIPT) 2018. This is due to the outstanding quality they have throughout the team line-up.

Better known as Angels, UPM will be powered by 3 current national players in the Malaysia sevens squad. They are Siddiq Amir, Khairul Abdillah and Nur Azri Azmi. They are also part of Malaysia 7s squad who won the first ever Gold medal in the last 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. They are now preparing for the upcoming Commonwealth Games and will join the rest of National team squad in Sydney right after SUKIPT.

Other than the senior players, two newcomers could also play the important part in Angels team. Both, Abd Karim Md Nasir and Nazrin Aiman Abdul Malik was part of Malaysia Under 20 7s squad who shine in Hong Kong last year. The two product of Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School already showed what they offered to the team during Angels tri-teams test match last weekend.

The remaining 7 players in Angels team will offer their own quality, as well as experience as most of them, compete in multiple top level tournament over the year. This includes the AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League, Agong Cup, National 7s and others.

Angels had 4 test match last week against the Malaysia 7s team as well as their closest rival, UiTM Lions. Angels won both matches against Lions but unable to match the quality of national squad especially in the last match of the day.

UPM Serdang Angels test match
1. UPM Serdang Angels 33 – 7 UiTM Lions
2. Malaysia 28 – 10 UPM Serdang Angels
3. UiTM Lions 10 – 17 UPM Serdang Angels
4. UPM Serdang Angels 5 – 36 Malaysia

UPM Serdang Angels is in pool A along side UiTM and MMU

Follow the latest update on the match result, groups standing as well as the knockout round via this link

SUKIPT Men

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat

Highlanders advance after comfortable win

28 January 2018 – Highlanders recorded a comfortable win in their last group match. They easily overcame XMoruc 41 – 0 in the last group match which took place on their home turf, SM Sains Muzaffar Syah. That big win secured Highlander spot in the 2nd round of Group Cup/Plate matches.

That win put Highlanders top of the Group C standings. Boys of Merlimau secured the second spot as they beat MMU Hornbills 19 – 0 in the earlier kickoff. Highlanders sit top as they have better points different compared to Boys of Merliamau after both teams drew in the match week one.

Politeknik Merlimau Melaka matches the pre-tournament expectation as they comfortably top Pool B after two wins. The Hornet demolished Exsel in their second group match, 75 – 3. Bukit Beruang RC will follow the Hornet in the 2d Round of Cup/Plate group matches.

Group A already saw Universiti Teknikal Melaka finish first last week as they grab 2 wins out of 2 matches. PDRM finished as the group runner-up as they overcame UiTM Jasin in the last group match.

Top 2 teams will be drawn into two group of three. They will play each other as the top two from that group will play in the semi-final match. The draw will take place this Wednesday at the MOZAC Alumni meeting room.

All the cup/plate matches will take place at SM Sains Muzaffar Syah while the Bowl matches will be held at the KV Melaka Tengah.

Follow the latest update at http://ragbionline.com/tournament/melaka-rugby-league/

Teams in Cup/Plate group
1. Highlanders
2. Politeknik Merlimau
3. Universiti Teknikal Melaka
4. Boys of Merlimau
5. Bukit Beruang RC
6. Polis Melaka

Teams in Bowl
1. XMoruc
2. MMU
3. UiTM Jasin
4. EXSEL

Photos by Nazrulhad

Outstanding week for Johor rugby

23 January 2018 – Univeristi Putra Malaysia (UPM) saw the biggest rugby community gathering last weekend as more than 200 teams joined the National Rugby Development Carnival (NRDP). Teams from all over Malaysia took part in 13 categories from the Under 11 to Under 17 age group for both girls and boys.

Johor rugby is the biggest winner for the festival. They showed their power by winning 6 out of 13 categories. Johor Sports School, SMK Tun Hussein Onn (THOR) won 2 categories. THOR Under 13 team is miles ahead of the other team as they strolled until the final. They even win the final match with ease as they overcame Bengals RC by a fine margin, 31 – 0. THOR secured their second title as their Under 14 teams trashed STJ 31 – 0 in the Under 14 final.

English College won the Under 15 title. EC overcame Victoria Institution 10 – 0 to secure the title. Their Under 14 brother also have an impressive tournament as they finish third as they got better of SMK King Edward 7 from Perak.

SK Permas Jaya of Johor Bharu won the Under 11 category. They won it by a single try as they beat SK Bison in the final.

Girls team from Johor also had a good outing. They won two out of 4 women categories in touch rugby during the NRDP. MRSM Johor Bharu showed their good handling as they beat Tunku Khursiah 1 – 0 in the final. SMK Pulai Perdana lifted the Under 17 Touch Rugby title as they overcame SMK Taman Kosas 1 – 0 in a closely contested final.

School, club as well as state development teams were also in action during the weekend. Johor won two out of three titles in the Rembau 7s which took place at the KV Dato’ Lela Maharaja.

Johor Under 21 who are preparing for the upcoming SUKMA Perak later this year got the perfect preparation tournament. They beat Negeri Sembilan Under 21 team to win the Rembau 7s Under 21. Johor overcame Negeri Sembilan 21 – 7.

Their younger brother secured the Rembau 7s Under 19. Johor Under 19, the development team for SUKMA Johor 2020, shocked top-seeded team, Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail in the final. They beat SSTMI 19 – 12 in the final.

Photos by Muizzuddin Yahaya and Zainuddin Mamat/Ragbionline