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