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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

What 2018 have in store

2 January 2018 – 2 days into 2018 and most of the rugby fans in Malaysia are eager to watch their favorite sport. 2018 will a be a busy year for local clubs, school as well as for Malaysia national team. With the number of the big tournament, Malaysia will be eager to continue their fine run on the international level.

JANUARY

– National Rugby Development Program (NRDP) will have their biggest rugby carnival. It will take place at the University Putra Malaysia (UPM) on 20 – 21 January 2018. 172 teams have confirmed their participation so far in 13 categories.

– 8 teams will participate in the first-ever Veteran Alumni Rugby League. They will be having a match for a month with the final match is expected to take place right after the ARC. Teams like ASAS and STJ are expected to do well.

FEBRUARY

– The Premier 7s is back as MCKK Premier 7s will be having their tournament. It is expected to be bigger than ever with the tournament able to attract the top team from all over Malaysia and even from Hong Kong. The tournament will be on 24 – 25 February.

– Top IPT team will be playing against one another in the SUKIPT 7s. The 3 days tournament will be on 6 – 8th February.

MARCH

– Malaysia will be having the first ever 3 National 7s Series. Melaka, Johor, and Perak will be the three host for the first ever series. Both Men and Women category will be available for all series with another two extra categories are on the card for the final series in Ipoh, Perak.

– Borneo 7s will surely attract top teams from all over the world with their top class tournament. Fans will travel to Sandakan as the tournament will take place from 16, 17 and 18 March 2017.

APRIL

– Malaysia 7s team will take part in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The team is expected to gain valuable experience from the outing as they will take on numbers of the big team such as Australia, England, Fiji and New Zealand.

– Malaysia 15s team will face South Korea in the first match of Asia Rugby Championship Premier at the end of the month. The match is scheduled to take place at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil.

MEI

– Malaysia 15s is set to face 3 more Asia Rugby Championship Premier matches in May. They will face Hong Kong in National Stadium Bukit Jalil before the return leg in South Korea and Hong Kong within the weeks time.

JUNE

– Ramadhan Kareem. Malaysia will have another game against the winner of Oceania should they top the ARC Premier.

JULY

– The brand new season for Malaysia Rugby League. It is set to be bigger than ever with only 8 teams expected to compete in the top league. The league is scheduled to start on 7th July with the 8th week ok the league will be in the first week of September.

AUGUST

– Malaysia 7s team will be having their second biggest tournament of the year. They will compete in the Asia Games 2018. The 2018 Asia Games will take place in Palembang, Indonesia from 28 to 31 August.

– Asia Rugby U20 is set to take place in Hong Kong. Both men and women team will be expected to improve on 2017 performance since both teams did not fulfill their expectation.

SEPTEMBER

– Rugby is also part of the 2018 SUKMA Perak. The Under 21 state team will compete against one another to bag gold medal.

– Langkawi 7s and NS Royal will also take place in the September with the first will take place in the first week while NS Royal will be on 22 and 23rd September.

– Johor will start the campaign to defend their Agong Cup title in the very last week of September.

– The first and second round of Asia Rugby Sevens Series. The first will take place in Hong Kong while the second will be in South Korea.

OCTOBER

– Agong Cup continues and will enter the knockout round by the end of the month.

– The third series for Asia Rugby Sevens Series. Sri Lanka will host the last round of the tournament.

NOVEMBER

– The final of Agong Cup will take place in the first week of November. There is no news on where will be the location for the final match just yet. The had it at Sandakan (2016) and Terengganu (2017) and could set to travel south for 2018.

– The 48th COBRA 10s. COBRA set to continue this year successful tournament on 10 and 11 November. However, it is expected that they will have another mini-tournament for junior and women before the date.

DECEMBER

– Asia Rugby Under 19. Malaysia finished 3rd in Manila and they are set to take part in the Asia Rugby Under 19 once more for 2018.