Category: National 7s

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

Perfect Perak claimed title

5 March 2018 – Perak became the first winner of the newly form NAZA National 7s Series 2018. The first ever series took place at the Hang Tuah Stadium, Melaka. Perak had the perfect run to the title as they remained unbeaten throughout the first series.

Perak overcame another top team, Kedah in the final. Both teams faced one another during the group match as they were placed in the Pool B. Perak who finished as the runner-up in the 2017 National 7s in Ipoh, narrowly beat Kedah 12 – 5 in the group match. Perak did not have much problem when they faced Negeri Sembilan as they trashed them 26 – 0. Selangor unable to match a well balanced Perak team as they went down 26 – 10.

Kedah finished as the group B runner-up. They started the day with a comfortable 19 – 0 win over Negeri Sembilan before they got better off Selangor 28 – 14.

Perak was too much for Kuala Lumpur during the quarter-final. They scored 6 tries in the process as they trashed Kuala Lumpur 40 – 0. Kedah advance to the semi-final when they send 2017 National 7s champion, Kelantan to the Plate division. Kedah wins the quarter-final 14 – 5 over Kelantan.

ATM who finished top of the group A, unable to stop Kedah in the semi-final. Kedah star captain and current national player, Fairuz Abd Rahman guided his team to the final as they ran out 21 – 5 win over ATM.

In another semi-final, young Johor squad unable to match Perak experience despite giving their best shot in the match. Perak scored 4 tries and completed all 4 conversions that see the Silver Gaurus in the final.

Kedah off to a great start as they scored the first try of the final match in the second minutes. They unable to keep the momentum as Perak started to get the grip. Perak leveled the score last in the half before a successful conversion saw them took the 7 – 5 lead at the end of the half.

Perak made sure they have the match under controlled with another try 2 minutes into the second half. They added the third and last try with a minute to go. they also made it 3 out of 3 conversions to take a commanding 21 – 5 lead. Kedah managed to close the gap in the last play of the match as they scored their second try and completed the conversion.

Perak took the Series 1 Men Core title after the 21 – 12 win over Kedah in the final. Muhammad Hakim from Perak was also awarded the tournament best player award.

The tournament will resume in a week as teams travel South for the second series. Catch the match live on Ragbionline.cm as we will bring all the matches live from Educity Stadium, Nusajaya. The live telecast will start at 10.00am until the end of the tournament.

Series 1 – Melaka. Result, table, knock out and so much more on this link.

Series 1 – Melaka

Get the latest update on the Series 2 right here.

Series 2 – Johor

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat.

8 core team in 7s Series

3 January 2017 – The first ever 3 series for National 7s is set to take place this March. Much are anticipate from the even with the introduction of series should set the nation to have a much bigger pool of 7s players.

8 teams will be the core teams for the series in Men category. The selection of the team is based on their performance in the last edition of National 7s in Ipoh, Perak.

The 8 core teams:
1. Kelantan
2. Perak
3. Kedah
4. Sabah
5. Johor
6. Kuala Lumpur
7. Selangor
8. Negeri Sembilan

The first series in Melaka will also saw the addition of 4 more invitational teams. However, this 4 teams will not take part in Johor.

1. Atm
2. PDRM
3. Putrajaya
4. Melaka

The final series in Ipoh will see the most team as the 8 core team will compete against another 10 teams which wish to qualify as the core team in 2019. It will be interesting to see minnow go against the national powerhouse such as Kelantan, Perak, Kedah, and Sabah.

There is still no news on the list of the team for the women category. All the 3 series will have women category and we expect to see more team fight for the title in 2018 edition.

The last series in Ipoh will see the introduction of another new category. With women development in sight, the Union is set to introduce the Women Under 20 for the very first time in Ipoh.

Kelantan Under 20 will be hoping to retain the Under 20 title the won in 2017 in Ipoh. It will be another great final series in Ipoh as they set to have 4 categories, one more from last year edition.

From Our Lens : SSTMI – Champion in need of support

9 November 2017 – When we talk about Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail, each rugby fans across Malaysia knows how important that school is in producing great players that went on to play for Malaysia.

9 out of 12 national players who bag Gold during the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games are the product of SSTMI. That shows the high quality of the players produce by the coaching and management of this school.

SSTMI is the only school listed as the High-Performance School under the National Rugby Development Program (NRDP) in Malaysia. They match that status by dominating tons of tournament in 2017.

Few could stop SSTMI when they are on song

U19/U20
Plate Runner-up – Asia Rugby Under 20 Sevens Series
Quarter Final – AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League
Champion – National 7s
Semi Final – Langkawi International Rugby 7s
Semi Final – NS Royal 7s
Champion – Arau 7’s

U18
Runner Up – National 7s
Plate Runner Up – Langkawi International Rugby 7s
Bowl Champion – NS Royal 7s
Third Place – Arau 7s

Under 17
Champion – MCKK 7s
Champion – Salbros 7s
Semi Final – Langkawi International Rugby 7s
Bowl Champion – NS Royal 7s

Team U16
Runner Up – Johor Rugby Carnival 7s
Runner Up – NS Royal 7s
Third Place – Arau 7s
Champion – Allied Pickfords 15s
Champion – Super KGV International 10s

7 years old broken tackling bag

Few know that despite all the championship, the rugby team is severely lacking in term of fund and equipment. They still able to join multiple tournaments and won them with the help of parents, friends and rugby fans.

The sky is the limit if this school is well equipped and fund. They could have better preparation with proper equipment. The status of the only high-performance school should be matched.

SSTMI is the reference for all the other rugby school in Malaysia. They also received tons of application to come to their place and train with them and they accepted it with open arms despite all their shortage.

They need something way better than these

It is great to see the coaching team fully utilized what they have. It will be much better to see if they can maximize their potential with proper support from those who supposed to be involved.

Very best of luck SSTMI Tsunami in 2018.

As what those rugby coaches say, “ada ada, tak ada tak ada, anggap selasai”

Photos from Mr Syed Shazril and Zainuddin Mamat/Ragbionline

King Kelantan conquered Ipoh

17 September 2017 – Kelantan re-claimed the Ung Khek Chaow trophy as they overcame the host, Perak in the final. Kelantan beat the host 19 – 14. Kelantan was the pre-tournament favourite as they was represented by 5 players who claimed gold medal in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

Kelantan team

Kelantan cruised through out the tournament. They were untouchable from the group stage. Kelantan opened the campaign with scintillating 34 – 0 win over Melaka. They continue their fine display as they comfortably dispatch Pulau Pinang in the second game. They beat Penang 29 – 0. Kelantan ended the group stage on high. Negeri Sembilan who finished the group match in the second place was no match. Kelantan well drill and experienced team beat them 40 – 0.

In the quarter final, Kalantan did not have much problem as they overcame Selangor 38 – 0. Mohamad Nasharudin of Kedah was the only player who manage to score try against Kelantan defence after 4 match. However, that did not stop Kelantan as they cruised into the final with 26 – 5 win.

Perak who finished as the runner-up in the group stage as they lost to Kedah, shocked another tournament favourite, Johor in the quarter final. With the support from the home crowd, Perak moved into the second gear and beat Sabah 26 – 0 to reach the final.

No stopping Zulkiflee Azmi

Kelantan was certainly in their own class. Lead by Malaysia 7s captain, Zulkiflee Azmi, they started the match with great intensity. Their effort was rewarded as Zukhisham bin Rasli scored the first try. Mohamad Khairul Abdillah then added Kelantan second try 2 minutes later after Muhammad Ameer Nasrun split the defence into two from the resulting turn over. 2 more points contributed by Nazreen Fitri as he converted the conversion.

Kelantan ended the first half on high as they scored their third try in the match. Veteran Muhammad Faris Che Salim who personally lifted Ung Khek Chaow trophy four time before the final, scored Kelantan third try at the end of the match. Ameer Nasrun completed his second conversions as Kelantan comfortably 19 – 0 in the lead at the end of the half.

Perak performed much better in the second half. They kept on trying and had their chance but Kelantan defences stood still. Perak finally got their rewarded as the referee Zainuddin Mahsuri awarded penalty try as Kelantan players blatantly stopped Faizal Mat Tahir from completing the conversion.

Perak had another try a minute later as Muhammad Amirudin who came on in the second half scored his first try of the match. Two more points were added by Faizal Mat Tahir’s conversion. Kelantan beat Perak 19 – 14 to become the champion of 2017 National 7s champion at Padang Ipoh, Perak.

Kelantan lifted the Ung Khek Chaow trophy for the sixth time in their proud history. They last won it in 2015.

Kelantan and national captain posed with medal and trophy

Kelantan and Malaysia captain, Zulkiflee Azmi received award as the tournament best player.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline