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3 to miss match week 2

12 October 2018 – Two Premier Division teams, Kedah and Johor will miss their key player in the upcoming match week two. Both teams met each other at the Mini Stadium Kota Tinggi, Johor which saw Kedah shocked 2017 champion on an opening day.

Johor will be without their Fijian star, Sanivalati Ramuwai who played as an inside winger during the first match. Sanivalati received the marching order after he received 2 yellow cards due to high tackle, one in the first half while the later was with 3 minutes to the final whistle. Johor will be without Sanivalati for the match against Perak this week but he is expected to return in Johor crucial last match against Terengganu in Kota Tinggi later.

<img class=”wp-image-31539 size-full” src=”http://ragbionline.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/WhatsApp-Image-2018-10-12-at-11.52.45-AM.jpeg” alt=”” width=”1080″ height=”810″ /> Sanivalati (white) in action against Kedah

Kedah will also be without Rahmad Abu Seman who scored Kedah third and last try in the opening match. He suffered a concussion which will keep him out of the game for 12 days.
He will miss the remaining 2 group matches as Kedah will face Terengganu and Perak.

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Over in Division 2, Melaka will be without their prop, Mohd Aidil Hakim. He also suffered the concussion which forced him to be replaced by Noor Alif Ikhmal. Melaka will be looking to bounce back after the commanding defeat to Kuala Lumpur in the opening game. They will face Pahang this Saturday which will take place at Politeknik Merlimau, Melaka.

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Photos by Fauzi Saim(CSN) for Johor Rugby Union

SEMASHUR crowned KGV 7s title

6 August 2018 – The 2018 KGV 7s finally saw SM Sains Hulu Selangor (SEMASHUR) lifted the championship trophy. This is the first time for SEMASHUR to win the KGV 7s after 4 years of disappointment.

KGV 7s became the place for SEMASHUR to redeemed themselves after their surprise exit in the SBP 7s after they lost to SM Sains Faris Petra in the quarter-final match a month ago. Big things were expected for SEMASHUR Under 16 team during the SBP 7s as this is the team who won the 2017 MSSM Milo Under 15 last year.

SEMASHUR lifted the KGV 7s title after they overcame the host, SMK King George V in the final match.

The first day went well for all the top team. SEMASHUR recorded the 100% record and ranked third for the knockout round draw. They comfortably beat Melaka High School, SMK Temin and SMK Bukit Kepayang in the group B.

KGV 7s

The first rank belongs to the host. KGV scored an impressive 165 points without reply in the Pool A. The second rank was SSTMI Tsunami who end the first day at the top of Group E. Sekolah Tuanku Jaafar completed the top 4 team after the group stage as they win group D.

The second day started well with all the top 4 teams booked the semi-final spot. KGV needed to work hard to overcame Akademi Ragbi Selangor 12 – 10 in the first quarter-final. The other three teams had a much easier route with STJ got their revenge over SDAR who beat them in the SBP 7s semi-final. STJ won 17 – 7.

SSTMI Tsunami made sure they are in the semi-final after they beat resilient SMK Saujana 29 – 12. The last semi-final spot belongs to SEMASHUR who scored 4 tries to bear SM Sultan Abdul Halim 24 – 5.

SMK King George V dig deep in their semi-final match. They used all the support they had from the local supporter to overcame STJ and book the final match spot. KGV won the match 12 – 5. In the other semi-final, 2 first-half tries from SEMASHUR forced SSTMI Tsunami to change their game-plan completely in the second half. Although they managed to score 2 tries, that did not change the outcome of the match as SEMASHUR shocked the top-seeded team with 12 – 10 win in the second semi-final.

The final match saw SEMASHUR who had a much better start, completely in control throughout the match. They managed to score 4 tries, 2 was completed by Farhan Haziq Asyraf Johan while Muhammad Najmuddin Hisham and Muhammad Mirza Noor Affandie scored a try each. SEMASHUR lifted the 2018 KGV 7s title with 22 – 5 win over SMK King George V.

That was the second title for SEMASHUR as they won the Under 14 title at SDAR 10s while their Under 13 team became the runner-up in the Under 13 category.

Photos by SEMASHUR

Double delight for Knight

6 August 2018 – Fresh from winning their first title in Kuching a week ago, SMK Tunku Ismail Under 13 team continue their outstanding performance to win their second title last weekend. HSBP 10s saw the Knight rise and conquered the HSBP Green and mark their arrival as the team to beat in the national rugby scene.

STI Knight scored a staggering 23 tries in the group match, the most number of tries during the group stage. They didn’t let a single point for their opponent in all 4 group matches, including the 27 – 0 win over SM Sains Kota Tinggi in the second cup quarter-final match.

The semi-final match between the STI Knight and Tun Hussein Onn Rugby (THOR) of Johor Sports School produced one of the matches to remember especially for the Knight. They recorded the first ever win over THOR after numbers of matches between the two team. The first half tries by Mohd Fakhrul Azam bin Mohd Azmi and conversion from Muhammad Aminuddin bin Shahar gave Knight 7 – 0 lead until the end of the first half. Both teams played their heart out with THOR finally have their own try late in the game. The unsuccessful conversion gave the Knight spot in the final match with 7 – 5 win.

HSBP 10s – Under 13

SMK Sri Mersing booked the second spot in the final. They produced the comeback to score the winning try late in the second semi-final match as they broke the host heart, Batu Pahat High School (HSBP) with 12 – 10 win. Sri Mersing had a wonderful group stage with the 100% win record. They started the second day with a comfortable 19 – 5 win over SMA Arabiah Kluang.

It was also good to see the team such as newcomer, SMA Arabiah Kluang, showed wonderful performance to end the tournament as the Plate champion. That came after they came from behind to overcome SBPI Gombak 12-10 in the final match.

HSBP hope to secure the third spot did not materialize. They lost the 3rd/4th place match to Tun Hussein Onn Rugby (THOR). The effect from giving their everything in the semi-final match saw HSBP unable to compete with THOR who went on to finish third with 19 – 0 win.

The final match saw STI Knight and Sri Mersing unable to replicate their outstanding semi-final performance. Both teams look jaded which lead to the simple mistake. A single try in the first half proved to be the difference between the two teams. Daniel Zafran bin Mohd Ikhwanuddin’s try in the first half gave the title to STI Knight with the 5 – 0 scoreline.

STI Knight brought home RM1000, the championship trophy and medals. They also won the best player title, awarded to the outstanding Muhammad Aminuddin bin Shahar.

Knight head coach, Ahmad Taufiq Abdul Rahani is clearly delighted his team wins the second title in succession. “I am out of words. I broke into tears of joy. It’s hard to explain this wonderful feeling. Thanks to the Almighty for this win”

Batu Pahat Police Chief, ACP Abdul Wahib Bin Musa, who is also the Patron of HSBP 10s tournament, presented the prize to all winner.

The tournament received the strong support from the corporate company all around Batu Pahat. Other than the sponsored from ACP Abdul Wahib, the tournament received support from Hospital Pantai Batu Pahat, Orchid Event n Catering, Restoran Ceria Maju dan 7- Eleven Malaysia Berhad in which involved the collaboration between parents, HSBP Oldboys, and NGOs.

Malaysia 15s captain, Mohd Syahir Asyraf Rosli was also in Batu Pahat throughout the tournament as they are on the scouting mission for NRDP Youth Project.

18 teams out of 20 registered made it to Batu Pahat and compete in this two days HSBP 10s Under 13 tournament.

Photos courtesy of HSBP 10s media team

The 12 players to Japan

2 August 2018 – Malaysia Rugby Union has announced the 12 players who will play in Japan this week. The Malaysia 7s will be participating in the Asia Invitational 7s – Sapporo.

The two days tournament will see Malaysia 7s team take on the Chinese Taipei, Japan SDS and Japan Youth team. It will be the last tournament for the national team who is preparing for the upcoming Asia Games in Indonesia by the end of the month.

Asia Invitational 7s – Sapporo

The 12 players on the plane to Japan are.

1. Zulkiflee bin Azmi
2. Muhammad Siddiq Amir bin Jalil
3. Muhammad Azwan Zuwairi bin Mat Zizi
4. Amalul Hazim bin Nasarrudin
5. Wan Izzuddin bin Ismail
6. Muhammad Dzafran Asyraaf bin Muhamad Zainudin
7. Mohamad Safwan bin Abdullah
8. Muhamad Firdaus bin Tarmizi
9. Muhammad Ameer Nasrun bin Zulkefli
10. Mohamad Khairul Abdillah bin Ramli
11. Muhammad Zulhisham bin Rasli
12. Mohamad Nasharuddin bin Ismail

The team manager, Zyuraidi Abd Majid said that this team could consist of 80% of the squad to Indonesia. “We haven’t decided the name for Asia Games. We can only bring 12 players to the tournament and with a few more players are still nursing their injury, this is the best team that we could bring and test in Japan.”

It will be another level of challenge for Malaysia as they previously won two local tournaments, Royal Perlis 7s and Song Kheng Hai 7s. It is what they wish for as Japan will certainly the team to beat in Indonesia.

Malaysia to face Japan

This is also a good chance for Malaysia to analyze Chinese Taipei before the game in Indonesia.

Malaysia is in the same group as Japan, Chinese Taipei and the host, Indonesia in the upcoming Asia Games.

Photos by Fauzi Saim and Aiman Farhan

Pengerang TCS 10s thundered SSTMI

1 August 2018 – The first ever Pengerang Thunderstorm Championship School 10s (Pengerang TCS 10s) exceed their expectation with participation from school and academy from all over Malaysia. 46 teams made it to the 2 days tournament which took place at the Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School, Bandar Penawar.

All the three categories were played in the tackle format.

The tournament saw 12 teams participated in the Under 9 category while the Under 10 was participated by 14 teams. The Under 11 had the most participation with 20 teams. They also had one “Orang Asli” school, SK Runchang who travelled all the way from Pahang to participate in the Under 11. They did well to finish as the runner-up in the Saucer 2.

Pengerang TCS 10s – Under 9

The host, SK Bandar Easter won the Under 9 as they got better of SK Permas Jaya 3, 19 – 0 in the final. SK Bandar Easter dominance was certainly on the show throughout the tournament as they did not concede a single point en route to the title.

Bandar Easter wish to win the second title was cut short in the Under 10. They went down to the SK Setiawangsa from Kuala Lumpur, 5 – 10 in the final.

Pengerang TCS 10s – Under 10

In the main event, SK Taman Perling of Johor Baharu showed that they were levels above the rest. The won the Under 11 title with a dominance, one side game over SK Temenggung Abdul Rahman. They won the final match with 34 – 0 scoreline.

Pengerang TCS 10s – Under 11

SK Bandar Easter received another award as the overall champion as they are the champion of Under 9, runner-up for under 10 while their Under 11 team ended the tournament as the Bowl runner-up.

The champion for each category received the trophy, medals and RM200 cash money while the overall champion received trophy and RM300 cash money.

The tournament received full support from Pengerang Local Authority. Johor Rugby Union president, Haji Mohd Noorazam Osman presented the prizes to the winner.

Photos by Fauzi Saim/Official Pengerang TCS 10s Photographer

Knight came and conquered Kuching

31 July 2018 – SMK Tun Ismail (STI Knight), from Batu Pahat, conquered Kuching as they won the Under 14 of the KRFC – School 7s category. The Knight overcame Sarawak number 1 school, SMKA Sheikh Haji Othman Abdul Wahab (SHOAW) in the final match.

STI travelled to Kuching with their Under 13 development squad. They choose Kuching as they want to give more exposure to the player as well as a benchmarking visit to top rugby school in Sarawak.

The first day went so well for STI Knight. They finished as the first rank team with 8 points. They won all 3 matches but had to work hard to overcome Kolej Dato Patinggi Abang Haji Abdillah (KDPA) 12 – 10 in the last group match. SHOAW ranked second as they also won all 3 group matches in Pool A.

Both STI and SHOAW cruised into the semi-final with both teams scored 5 tries to beat SM Sains Kuching Utara and KDPA B in the semi-final.

KRFC School – U14

STI exceed their pre-tournament expectation as they book the spot in the final. They trashed MRSM Kuching 24 – 0. SHOAW confirmed the second spot in the final. They had to work hard before the win it 12 – 5 over their rival, KDPA Haji Abdillah.

It was certainly the day for STI as they scored 4 tries in the final match. STI team captain, Akmal Arif bin Hamizan broke the deadlock before 2 tries from Mohd Haiqal Haqimi M. Redhaudeen put the Knight in the driving seat. The winger, Muhammad Haikal bin Abd Razak sealed the match for STI as the won the cup with 20 – 5 scoreline.

“We did not expect to lift the cup in Kuching. I brought the Under 13 teams as I want to give more time to them. SKH School 7s is the 10th tournament that we join and this is the first time we win the cup.” Shared Ahmad Taufiq Abd Rahani, STI teacher and head coach.

The team brought home the cup, balls and medals as well as the RM300 cash money.

KRFC School – U18

SMKA Sheikh Haji Othman Abdul Wahab did get their hand on the cup. The senior team won the Under 18 categories. They overcame MRSM Kuching in the final, winning the cup with 29 – 5 scoreline.

The main prizes were given away by Sarawak Rugby Union president, Richard Song Swee Jin and Kuching Rugby Football Club treasurer, Dick Bentham.

Photos from STI Knight

A group of death

30 July 2018 – The draw for the rugby in the 2018 SUKMA Perak has been made today and it raised lots of eyebrows. 14 teams will participate in the Men while only 9 teams will play in the women category.

There will be four groups in the men as Pool A and B will consist of 4 teams while C and D will only have 4. As for women, all 9 teams will be divided into 3 group of 3. The draw for Rugby 7s took place at the Auditorium 1, Majlis Sukan Negara.

SUKMA Men

We can expect a firework from the Pool A of men category. They consist of 2017 National 7s Under 21 champion, Kelantan, Johor (Royal Perlis 7s champion), Terengganu whose team won the Open category of 2018 NAZA National 7s Series Qualifiers and Melaka (Champion of Series 1, NAZA National 7s Series Invitational Category). It will be really hard to choose the top 2 who will advance to the next round.

NAZA National 7s Series Under 21 winner, Negeri Sembilan needs to be extra careful with the challenge from Sabah and Kedah in Pool C. This is especially Sabah who did well in their last prep, went all the way to the Semi Final of Song Kheng Hai 7s in Sarawak before they went down to Sabah OSCA Warriors.

In group B, Wilayah Persekutuan, Selangor, Sarawak and Pahang could have an equal chance to make it to the next round. The host, Perak is expected to cruise and topped Pool D with Pulau Pinang and Perlis alongside them.

SUKMA Women

As for Women, Sabah has been brilliant so far with numbers of quality players who even play for the national team. They did well during the KRS Ladies 7s, only to lose to the much experience Front Row Dingoes in the final. Base on the current form, Sabah is expected to go all the way to the final. They are in Pool A, together with Pulau Pinang and Kedah.

Balik Pulau 10s women champion, Selangor is in Pool B. They will be facing Wilayah Persekutuan and the host Perak. Pool C is well balanced as Sarawak, Johor and Terengganu will try to outperform one another.

Rugby 7s will be played at the new Rugby Mini Stadium, MBI Sports Complex in Ipoh. The two days event will take place on 15th – 16th September 2018.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat and Fauzi Saim

Sapporo will decide the team

27 July 2018 – Malaysia 7s team will be heading to Japan as they continue their preparation for the upcoming Asia Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. To this date, this Asia Invitational 7s in Sapporo will be the last tournament for the national team before the Games.

Four teams including Malaysia will take part in the tournament. Malaysia will face two Japan teams, the Japan SDS and Japan Youth while the other national team in the tournament is Chinese Taipei.

Saizul Hafifi admits “Sapporo will be the last chance for players to impress as we are looking for the last 12 players to Jakarta. I want the player to do their best for the team and get the best result from the tournament.”

Asia Invitational 7s – Sapporo

The team is struggling to get quality test match. The joined two local tournaments, cruised and became the champion on both occasions. They only had one quality, tough match, in the final against Sabah OSCA Warriors where they only manage to win by a single point.

There is no confirmation on what type of team will represent Japan we can expect quality as Japan is the top nation in Asia.

Photos by Aiman Farhan and Fauzi Saim

Agong Cup to kick off in October

25 July 2018 – Malaysia Rugby Union has released the schedule for the 2018 Agong Cup. It will be a brand new format for this year as teams are being divided into 3 division.

All the semi-finalist in 2017 will be in the Premier Division. 2017 Champion, Johor will take on Terengganu, Kedah and Perak in the Premier Division. The next 4 teams will be in Division 1 are Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, PDRM and ATM. This is also base on their performance in 2017.

There will be two groups in Division 2. Perlis, Selangor and Pulau Pinang are in Pool A while Pool B is consists of Kuala Lumpur, Pahang and Melaka. Only Perlis took part in 2017 Agong Cup while the remaining 5 teams did not participate last year.

The tournament supposed to have another Division of East Malaysia but with Sarawak and Labuan decision to pull out, that give Sabah direct spot to compete in the quarter-final. They will join the tournament at the quarter-final stage. They will meet the 4th rank team from the Premier Division.

Agong Cup

Fahmy Abdul Jalil as the Tournament Director shared, “The decision to introduce different division is to make sure we will have the well-contested match from the week 1. We did not want what happened last year to repeat again and watch a one sided-match”.

The first week of the tournament will begin on 6th October 2018. The final match is scheduled to take place on 25th November 2018.

Johor is the winner for 2017 edition as they produced a great comeback to beat Terengganu 32 – 29 in the match that took place at Gong Badak Sports Complex, Kuala Terengganu.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat and Fauzi Saim

It’s THOR time

25 July 2018 – Johor Sports School Tun Hussein Onn (THOR) announce their arrival as the new powerhouse in Johor as they lift the MSS Johor Under 15s for the very first time. They brake the domination of SMK Sri Mersing and English College, the top two schools who always challenge for the title at the national level.

THOR cruised on the first day, sending an early signal as they demolished SMK Bandar Easter and SMK Pasir Gudang 3 with 32 – 0 and 38 – 0 scoreline. They scored another 6 tries in the playoff which was played at night as they overcame SMK Kelapa Sawit 36 – 0.

The school which is under the Johor Rugby Union Development Program continue to excel in the quarter-final match. SMK Bandar Mas unable to stop THOR as they scored 5 tries in the 31 – 0 win.

MSS Johor 10s Under 15

It was all to play for in the semi-final as THOR faced 2017 champion, Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar (EC). Both teams played their best rugby and were so tight as they went into the half-time break at 0 – 0 scoreline. Asrin b Azman became the hero as he completed the penalty kick to send THOR into the final.

SMK Sri Mersing also had a wonderful journey before the final. 2 wins out of 2 in the group stage followed by 45 – 0 thumping win over MRSM Batu Pahat in the play-off. SM Sains Johor broke SMK Sri Mersing line for the first time in the tournament but unable to stop them from advancing to the semi-final as they lost to Mersing with 7 – 14.

SMK Sri Mersing faced SM Sains Batu Pahat in the semi-final which saw the school from Mersing book the final spot with 10 – 0 win.

Things did not get easy for SMK Sri Mersing as they were without their head coach, Zulkifli bin Md Amin who was rushed to the hospital after he suffered illness on the first day of the tournament.

THOR, with creating a brand new history in their mind, was certainly well prepared for the final match. On the other side, SMK Sri Mersing was wishing to go one step better from what they did in 2017 after they suffered defeat to the English College in the final.

14 years old Ammar Rishdan set the early tone in the final match with the first try. THOR double the scoreline via Danny Iskandar Sahrudin’s try before he himself gave the extra 2 points from resulting conversion. SMK Sri Mersing closed the gap with their own try as they went into the halftime with 12 – 5 scoreline in favour of THOR.

Muhamad Yusri Sadiq Yusof made sure THOR continue to dominate as he scored THOR third try. Azrin Azman made it 19 – 5 with another conversion. THOR sealed the title as they were awarded a penalty try, with minutes to go. THOR won the MSS Johor Under 15 as they overcame SMK Sri Mersing 27 – 5.

Photos from THOR