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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

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

Single point separate Lions and Mongoose

5 February 2018 – JKR Perak will be thinking about this match for a very long time. This is especially after they let their chance to win it slip under their nose as they unable to convert the last conversion.

Both teams played their best game, with the winner of the game will be able to avoid last year champion, RMR Warriors in the semi-final.

Mongoose was in the lead for the first half as they scored two tries through Mohamad Shah Izwan Bin Nordin and Azzhar Bin Zainal. Shah Izwan added 3 more points through penalty as they lead Lions 13 – 5. Lions try was scored by Kamarul Nizam bin Alang Ahmed.

Lions managed to turn the things around as they finally found their rhythm in the second half. Muhammad Zikri bin Mohd Zaini, Onn Fadhli Hasanudin, and Aidid Razak scored one try each as Lions lead Mongoose 24 – 18 with Muqri Dini was also on form with two successful conversions.

Mohamad Ali Hasan Bin Badiozaman scored the third try for Mongoose before Muhammad Zaki Bin Mohd Redzuan try 4 minutes before the final whistle gave the JKR chance to win the game. Ridhwan Sulaiman who was appointed to take the conversion saw his kick was blocked by the opponent.

The match ended with the win for Ipoh Lions 24 – 23 over JKR Perak. It will be a tough semi-final encounter for Mongoose as they will need to produce their top match against RMR Warriors. That match is scheduled to take place on 10 February 2018.

Ipoh Lions will face Edwardian a day later. Both matches will kick off at 4.00pm at Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Follow the latest info of Perak League here http://ragbionline.com/tournament/perak-rugby-league/

Photos by Ipoh Lions

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.

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.

Three 7s Series in 2018

26 October 2017 – The Malaysia Rugby Union has released the 2018 schedule and it is great to see numbers of positive changes for next year. Recent success for Malaysia during the SEA Games as we got Gold for men and Bronze for Women opened Union eyes to create more tournament. The Malaysia Rugby Union has decided that this is the right time to have Three 7s Series Tournament in Malaysia, and that will replace the yearly National 7s. This will create more chances for players in Malaysia to impress and gain more match experience.

It is being said that the Series idea was suggested by Johor Rugby Union presiden, Haji Mohd Noorazam Osman during the recent MRU Annual Gathering Meeting.

Johor will be the first stop for the series. Kuala Lumpur will be second while Ipoh, Perak will be the last stop on the calendar. All the three series will be held in March and April 2018.

The suggested dates are :

Siri 1
24-25 Mac
Muar, Johor

Siri 2
7-8 April
Kuala Lumpur

Siri 3
21-22 April
Ipoh, Perak

The date mentioned is yet to be finalized but it is expected to be around those suggested.

Kelantan conquered this year National 7s competition as both their senior and junior team strolled to the title. The 2017 National 7s which was held in Ipoh, Perak also saw 9 women team competed for the first time in that category. Kedah who won that category will be the sole winner of Women National 7s champion.

There is still no news on the kind of the category which will be on the line in all 3 series. However, we are hoping to see all 3 Men, Men Under 20 and Women category in all 3 series.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline

Medal for Nadrah

22 May 2017 – Aliff Al-Hafiz Abdul Karim better known as Dug among friends and Malaysia rugby fan started all the entire 3 matches for Malaysia as they retained the Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 2017. However, the last match between Malaysia and Sri Lanka will be the one that he remembered the most as he lost his ‘sister’ the day before the Sunday afternoon clash.

Dug rushed back to Kuala Kangsar as he received news about Nadrah Zainul Ikhsan’s condition. Their family tried to keep it as a secret in the first place as they did not want to disturb Dug’s preparation for the final and crucial game against Sri Lanka. 26 years old Nadrah, died after having complication related to liver failure and high sugar capacity in her blood.

Both Dug and Nadrah’s family are close to one another that lead to the ‘sibling’ bonding between both of them. Nadrah got married earlier this year. Dug did shared that Nadrah was already in a very bad condition when the Malaysian team was about to fly to Perth in preparation for the ARC. Despite of her condition, Nadrah was in jovial mood and still able to cracked jokes about getting on Dug’s dream car when he visited her at the hospital. Nadrah also promised that she will still be there when Dug came back from Ipoh.

Aliff Al-Hafiz who started playing rugby at the SMK Clifford, Kuala Kangsar will always remember his sister as she always cooked chicken soup for him whenever he got injured playing rugby. The product of Sekolah Sukan Sultan Tunku Mahkota Ismail received news that Nadrah had passed away at 10.06am on his way back to Kuala Kangsar from Ipoh.

Dug who currently play for Serdang Angels, make his debut for Malaysia back in 2014 refused to be drop out and insisted on playing in the last match. He wanted to repay the faith given by the head coach, Lee Nyuk Fah by playing the last match, despite of the tragedy. Both, his family and Nadrah’s gave their full support for him to be in the match. He kept on playing against Sri Lanka as that is his dream to play for Malaysia. He also shared that Nadrah will always want him to go on and play the game. Dug’s family was also present at Padang Ipoh for the Sri Lanka match.

It was a mix of feeling for Aliff after winning the Asia Rugby Championship Division 1. Teammates, management and fans gave full support for him. Dug played and gave everything he could for 47 minutes in the match against Sri Lanka before he was replaced by Syabil Laila in the tactical change. Aliff will surely be there as Malaysia will compete in 2018 Asia Rugby Championship Premier.

This will be one of the hardest parts of Aliff’s life. We wish him the very best, to stay strong in facing this tragic moments.

To Nadrah Zainul Ikhsan, Al-Fatihah.

Watch out for Thilina Wijesinghe

19 May 2017 – With less than 24 hours before the decider between Malaysia and Sri Lanka for the Asia Rugby Championship 2017, Malaysia should have a proper plan to stop Thilina Wijesinghe. The full back who will celebrate his 23rd birthday tomorrow has been instrumental through out the championship.

Malaysia need to make sure they reduce their error in the last match as Thilina already complete 7 penalties in the second match. He also complete 3 conversions out of 6 conversions for Sri Lanka.

Thilina produced 27 of 57 points scored by Sri Lanka in two matches. He tops the current points contributor after two match of Asia Rugby Championship division 1.

Stand at only 5’8, Thilina has good speed and footwork to show to the opponent. His run in the first minute against United Arab Emirates opened the space for Fazil Marija to score their first try.

Malaysia should be aware of him to stand any chance to retain the Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 title.

Malaysia and Sri Lanka will decide the title in the winner take all match. It is schedule to start at 4.00pm right after the match between Philippines and United Arab Emirates.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline

Dominant Malaysia punished Philippines

17 May 2017 – Malaysia finally got their revenge they wanted as they overcame resilient Philippines in the day two of Asia Rugby Championship in Ipoh. Philippines beat Malaysia in the opening match of 2016. They set to repeat the same script over the host as they dominate the early exchange before Malaysia got the breakthrough on the 19th minutes.

Sakiusa Terence Gavidi scored the first try for Malaysia after they take a quick throw in which caught the Philippines off guard. Wan Mohammad Asyraf on his debut for Malaysia added 2 more points from a successful conversion on the 19th minutes.

Philippines took the initiative to close the gap through penalty. Timothy Bwehini calmly scored the penalty to make it 7 – 3. Syarif Nurhidayat extended the lead as he finished a great run by Sakiusa Terence Gavidi through the middle of Philippines defence for Malaysia second try as Malaysia lead 12 – 3.

Malaysia Prop, Amirul Sani scored Malaysia third try as he perfectly time run to take full advantage from Malaysia captain, Syahir Asraf kick. Malaysia lead Philippines 17 – 3 on the half hour mark.

Wan Mohammad Asyraf extended Malaysia lead to 20 – 3 as he took full advantage from the penalty. Wong Wye Wye then added 5 more points from Malaysia as he stole the ball and ran from Malaysia own half to give Malaysia the 4th try. Malaysia comfortably lead 20 – 3 at the end of the first half.

Malaysia vs Philippines

Malaysia continue the assault in the second half and managed to add 3 more points via another Asyraf penalty kick.

Philippines finally managed to grab their first try on the 50th minutes through no Justin Coverney as their good work open up space on the far side 10 minutes into the second half. Philippines continue to pressure Malaysia and kept the host in their own half but Malaysia kept their discipline well and stop the volcanoes attack.

Amirul Sani produced another great run before he passed it to Sakiusa Terence Gavidi who opened the chance for Mohammad Aiman Jamaluddin to score Malaysia 5th try.

Dinesvaran Krisnan rewarded Malaysia fans when he scored Malaysia 6th try on the last play of the match. Mohammad Amirul Aqil made sure Malaysia won in style as he ended the match by adding 2 more points. Malaysia beat Philippines 40 – 8.

Malaysia will face Sri Lanka in the final match of the tournement to decide the champions for Division 1.

Foto by Zainuddin Mamat/Ragbionline