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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

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

Perfect Sabah outing in Singapore

2 July 2018 – The 1st rank team in the upcoming 2018 SUKMA, Sabah had a 100% run in Singapore. Sabah played 6 friendly matches against Singapore Under 20 team and BUBA.

Sabah is certainly in their own class. They only let 1 try in all 6 matches. Sabah strolled in the first set of the match, winning all 3 matches comfortably. They beat Singapore Under 20 2 (17 – 0), Singapore Under 20 1 (28 – 0) and managed to score 6 try in 32 – 0 demolition over BUBA.

There was no stopping Sabah in the second set as they overcame BUBA and Singapore Under 20 1 (35 – 0). Singapore Under 20 2 was the only team to break Sabah but their solitary was not able to stop Sabah from winning 21 – 5.

This Sabah team is certainly the top contender for Gold in the 2018 SUKMA. The won the Women Under 21 category in the previous NAZA National 7s Series with a good margin. Powered by a number of national as well as the experienced player such as Henrietta David, Eupharasia Anne as well as the upcoming ane exciting Malaysia Under 17 team captain, Shania Baduk, Sabah is certainly the team to beat.

The team is managed by Gerard De Sauza and coach by Noel Phillip and Josephine Joseph.

This team also received special guidance from the newly appointed Malaysia 15s Head Coach, Brad Mika who is also the Sabah Coaching chief.

Photos courtesy of Sabah SUKMA team

Selangor shine in Singapore

1 July 2018 – Selangor Women Under 21 team finished fourth in the 2018 Singapore Rugby Union Club 7s earlier this evening. The team choose Singapore as they continue to prepare for the upcoming 2018 SUKMA in Perak.

The young Selangor team had a good first day where they managed to finish second in the Pool F. The team won two out of three matches as they won the opening game 19 – 5 against National University of Singapore. Blacks Lighting Rugby Club proved to be too strong for them as they lost 36 – 0 in the second match. Selangor finally secured the second spot after an outstanding 40 – 0 hammering over Nanyang Technological University in the last match.

Selangor dream to advance to the final was stopped by another Blacks Rugby team in the semi-final. They lost 26 – 0 to the Blacks Thunder. Bedok Skyllas was a level above Selangor as they dominated the 3rd/4th place match and beat Selangor 34 – 0.

Selangor is the second women team who travel to Singapore after Sabah had numbers of a friendly match last month. Selangor is certainly determined to prepare the team and go for a medal in the SUKMA in Ipoh. They need to step up after their run in the previous NAZA National 7s in Ipoh was stop by the eventual winner, Sabah in the semi-final.

The team head coach, Tan Tian Jian shared, “We choose Singapore as there are not many tournaments for women in Malaysia at the moment. We are lucky that Singapore RU is organising this game. We want to gain as many experiences as possible.”

Selangor will continue their preparation on the home soil as they are organising a tournament for women this July 2018.

Photos by Selangor SUKMA Team

Terengganu fires warning ahead of SUKMA

10 April 2018 – Months prior to the 2018 SUKMA in Perak, young Terengganu squad fired warning to the other team. They showed outstanding performance during the recently conclude Price of Songkla University Hatyai International Rugby 7s 2018.

Terengganu finished as runner-up as they lost to All For One 12 – 21 in the final match. The defeat did not come as surprise considering the All For One team has consisted Thailand National team players.

Terengganu was unbeaten in the group match as they battered Taiping Legends (29-5) and PSU Rugby Club (33-5) in Pool C. Terengganu overcame Perlis Rugby 19 – 15 in the quarter-final before they showed great performance to overcome another Malaysia team, UM Blues 17 – 0 to advance to the final. All For One experience proved to be too much to handle for them in the final.

This young Terengganu squad already showed they had during the last series of NAZA National 7s Series in Ipoh last months. Instead of playing in the Under 21 category, this young squad decided to compete in the Men Qualifiers category and won it against a better experience side. Terengganu comfortably beat Labuan in the final.

Terengganu could become stronger with the addition of Muhammad Haikal Ibrahim who is part of the 2018 Malaysia 7s setup.

Terengganu could face stiff competition from SUKMA host, Perak and Negeri Sembilan who won the Under 21 category during the 3rd Series of Naza National 7s Series. Kelantan, as well as Labuan, could be another 2 teams to look for in SUKMA with these 2 teams also had an impressive run during the tournament.

Photos courtesy of Izaimi Zainuddin

National 7s in numbers

9 April 2018 – Two weeks after a successful 7s Series Finale in Ipoh, we look back at some of the statistics from all the first ever Malaysia 7s Series. Here is some fact about the tournament based on the numbers.

0 – Both Perak and Terengganu were unbeaten throughout the series. They did not suffer a single loss.

0 – Sabah Women U21 did not let a single points pass them in all 5 matches as they win the Women Under 21 category. Solid

1 – Only 1 penalty try awarded throughout the series, to PDRM

2 – 2 red card was shown in the entire series and both came on the last day of the series.

3 – Kedah Women and Terengganu Women met in the final match for all 3 series. Terengganu has the perfect 100% win record in those matches.

4 – Terengganu and Perak won 4 titles each. Terengganu took home the Women Open (2 times) and Women categories with the addition of Men Qualifiers trophy. Dominant Perak swept all the Men Core title which lead them to win the overall championship.

5 – Mohamed Mohamad Nilam recorded the most try in a single game with 5 tries

6 – Teams competed in 6 different categories. Women Under 21 was organized for the first time in Ipoh.

14 – 2 14 years old ruggers took part in the 3rd series with JOSIE Mavcellina A/K Gone who played for Sarawak Women U21 being the youngest player in the series. She was born in October 2003.

16 – 16 yellow cards shown to women ruggers in the Women Open category.

18 – Mohamed Mohamad Nilam recorded the most try in the series with 18, although he only played in 2 series.

32 – Fairuz Abdul Rahman completed 32 conversions in all 3 series.

36 – Aki Loh Nong Sim was the oldest player in the series. The 36 years old was still going strong as she helped Terengganu with 2 tries and 5 conversions.

48 – 48 teams took part in the series. They represented all 14 states in Malaysia with the addition of PDRM and ATM.

71 – 71 yellow cards were shown to the player by the match officials.

83 – Abbygale Rayone recorded the most point for Women.

114 – 114 players contributed at least 2 points for their team in the Under 21 Men category.

133 – Faizal Mat Tahir recorded the highest point after all the 3 series with 133 points.

201 – There were 201 matches took place in all 3 series.

634 – All the 3 series saw 634 players played for their respective team.

96 980 – We recorded 96980 views for the live streaming over the 3 series.

800 096 – Malaysia rugby fans watch the Naza 7s Series for 800 096 minutes via our live channel.

Check out your favorite player performance on all 3 series via these links.

Men Core – Players stats

Women Open – Players stats

Series 1 Melaka – Match info

Series 2 Johor – Match info

Series 3 Perak – Match info

*Please note that there might be errors as we did the observation manually through out the series.

Photos by Fauzi Saim for Ragbionline.com

Pacey Perak made it two in a row

13 March 2018 – There was no stopping Perak as they recorded their 12th straight win in the NAZA National 7s Series 2018. They went unbeaten during the first series in Hang Tuah Stadium, Melaka a week ago before they reproduced the same performance in the second series at the Educity Stadium, Johor.

Perak defeated the same team, Kedah in the final match. Both teams had a fine run during the matchday one, as they recorded 3 wins out of 3 in the group match. Perak defeated Kelantan in the first match 17 – 5 before they dismantled Kuala Lumpur 22 – 5. Perak secured the top spot with an impressive 33 – 7 win over ATM in the last group match.

Kedah with their aim to go one better than the first series, need to work hard before they overcame Negeri Sembilan 21 – 17 in their first match. They played much better as they crushed Selangor 31 – 0 before they confirmed the top spot with the win over the host, Johor 22 – 7 in their last group matches.

Kedah cruised in the quarter-final as they were certainly a few levels above Kuala Lumpur. Kedah wins it with 26 – 0 scoreline. Perak, on the other hand, was shocked by a quick start by Selangor. They produced a comeback from 2 tries down as they book the semi-final spot with 26 – 10 win over Selangor.

Experienced was different between Kedah and Kelantan. Lead by the mastermind, Fairuz Abdul Rahman, 2 quick tries put the game to bed as Kedah win it with 17 – 5 scoreline. Perak did not have much problem to book the spot in the final. The well-balanced team outdo the ATM line-up as they beat them 40 – 10.

Kedah drew the first blood in the final as 20 years old Hafizuddin Amin finished a fine move by Luqman Nur Hakim to scored the first try in the first minute. Perak level the scored through Faizal Mat Tahir try a minute later. Kedah took full advantage as Perak was reduced to 6 players when Mohd Amir Hadafi yellow carded because of a high tackle. Luqman Nur Hakim showed his wonderful pace to scored Kedah second try with Fairuz Abdul Rahman used all his experienced to complete the conversion. Kedah leads 12 – 5. Kedah wishes to lead in the half was undone by Amirul Aiman Ihsan as he scored the second try for Perak late in the half. Faizal Mat Tahir kept his composure to score an outstanding conversion as both teams level with 12 points each.

Perak had a better start in the second half. Mohd Nur Azri scored the third try for Perak 3 minutes into the second half before Faizal Mat Tahir added two more points through another outstanding conversion. A collision between two Kedah players in their try line gave Harith Iqbal the easiest chance to score the 4try. Faizal Mat Tahir made sure the title in their hand with another outstanding kick. Perak comfortably lead 26 – 12 with minutes to go. Kedah closed the gap with the last try of the series via Fairuz Abdul Rahman. 2 more points from Fairuz was not enough.

Perak celebrates their second successive series title as they beat Kedah 26 – 19 in the final.

Perak comfortably lead the overall standing for the Men Core category with 24 points, 4 points better than Kedah in the second place.

Check the match info on Men Core category via this link.

Malaysia National 7s Series 2 – Johor – Men Core

Photos by Fauzi Saim

Twice for Terengganu

12 March 2018 – Terengganu continues their excellent form to win the Women Open category at the Naza National 7s Series. That is the second straight title in a week time after they secured the same category during the 1st series which took place at Hang Tuah Stadium, Melaka.

Terengganu overcame the same opponent, Kedah in the final match. It was all about Terengganu since the group matches on matchday one. They did not have much problem to top Pool D with wins over Selangor and ATM. To make it better they did not let the opponents a single point on both matches. Terengganu comfortably overcame Selangor 41 – 0 in the first match before they put 4 tries pass ATM to win the second match 24 – 0.

Kedah also had an impressive first day. They open the campaign with a commanding 37 – 0 over Perak. The confirmed the top spot as they beat the host, Johor in the second group match, 24 – 5.

Johor unable to provide many problems to the champion despite their best effort. Johor went down 5 – to Terengganu in the semi-final. In the other semi-final, Kedah got better of Selangor who fields in 8 new players for the second series. Kedah won the match 26 – 12.

The series host, Johor made sure they ended the tournament with the smile as they secured the third spot. They played magnificently to beat Selangor 10 – 5 after the extra time. Both teams drew 5 each at the end of regulation time. ATM was 5th as they overcame Perak 20 – 0.

Terengganu early pressure paid the dividend as they took an early lead in the second minute. The turnover in Kedah 22 area saw 37 years old Aki Loh Nong Sim scored the first try in the final. Kedah took full advantage as Terengganu played with 6 players after Nurul Azreen yellow carded due to a high tackle. Vianny S. Amora scored Kedah try after a great run from their own half before Normasyirah Zahari added two more points. Kedah leads the game at the end of the first half.

Both teams started the second half brightly and it was Terengganu who benefits from it. Abbygale Rayone Micheeal took full advantage to score Terengganu second try in the final. Terengganu secured the title with their third try as Nurul Azreen Azli punished Kedah with a good run from the centre of the field.

Terengganu took home RM1200, medals and trophy as the champion. Mona Tiara Izaniah of Terengganu also won the Women Open best player title.

They will head to the last Series which will take place in Ipoh in two weeks time.

Check the match info on Women Open category via this link.

Malaysia National 7s Series 2 – Johor – Women Open

Photos by Fauzi Saim

Terengganu triumph in Women category

6 March 2018 – Terengganu was certainly in their own class during the weekend as they lift the Women Open Category in the NAZA National 7s Series 2018. Terengganu overcame 2017 National 7s champion, Kedah in the final match.

Terengganu was too good for the other two teams in the Pool E. They opened the campaign by scoring six tries as they trashed Johor 34 – 0. Terengganu claimed the top spot in Pool E by putting Selangor to the sword with 7 tries. They beat Selangor 39 – 7 to book semi-final spot.

ATM was no match for the well-experienced Terengganu side with more than 7 current or ex-national players in the team. Terengganu beat them 32 – 7 to book a place in the final. Kedah also had a 100% run en route to the final. They only let a single try passed them as Kedah overcame ATM 38 – 5 in the first match.

Kedah got better of Perak 24 – 0 in the second match as they sealed top spot. Despite the best effort from Johor, Kedah was certainly too strong as they ran out 17 – 0 to book the final spot.

The final match was as closed as expected. Terengganu with the mix of young and experienced player dominate the early encounter while Kedah unable to use their speed.

Tries from Aki Loh Nong Sim and Maslina Ahmad Ismail, as well as a conversion by Abbygale Rayone, gave the title to Terengganu. Kedah’s try was scored by a current national player, Wan Zufirah Mohd Nasir.

You can view and visit the tournament details via this link.

Malaysia National 7s Series 1 – Melaka – Women Open

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat

Melaka master invitational category

6 March 2018 – The tournament host, Melaka win the Invitational category in the first ever 2018 NAZA National 7s Series. Melaka came out top from 4 competing teams with 100% record throughout the tournament.

In the final match, Melaka overcame PDRM 10 – 5. Right in front of the home crowds, Melaka showed outstanding performance since the day one. The opened the campaign by beating the same team they beat in the final, PDRM 10 – 5.

Melaka continues their fine form as they trashed Putrajaya 26 – 0 in the second match. They sealed the top spot in the invitational category as Melaka got better of Terengganu 17 – 5 in the last group match.

Melaka who topped the group continues their good form in the day two. They scored 3 tries in the semi-final win over Putrajaya as they book the final spot.

PDRM who only finished 3rd in the group match, improved to overcome Terengganu 19 – 0 in another semi-final.

It was all to play for in the final. With more than 1 000 crowds on the stand, the host dominates most of the final match. 1 tries in each half, sealed the title for the host. Last minute try by PDRM was not enough as Melaka beat PDRM 10 – 5 to claim the invitational category.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat