10 February 2018 – Malaysia 7s team unable to record a single win in their first tournament in 2018. Hibiscus 7s took part in the one day Mick “Whale” Curry Memorial Rugby Sevens in Sydney, Australia today.
Malaysia 7s head coach, Saizul Hafifi remained positive after the tournament. “Our players are still looking for the right connection and understanding between them as this is the first tournament in 2018. It is also the first tournament for the two youngsters, Muhammad A’aziem and Muhammad Haikal since their inclusion to the team”.
2 players are also out with injury as Saizul Hafifi unable to include Muhammad Ameer Nasrun and Badrul Mukhtee in his plan.
Malaysia lost all 4 group A matches. They went down to Easts 7 – 17 before their inability to complete the conversion cost them the second game. Malaysia lost 5 – 7 to Penrith. Rats (Green) proved to be too good for Malaysia as they demolished Malaysia team 22 – 0. Malaysia ended the tournament on high despite the defeat. They scored 3 tries but went down to HOGS 17 – 21.
Saizul Hafifi added “The quality of each team as well as their players are very good. This is a good preparation for Malaysia before the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast this April.”
The teams are set to welcome four more players to join them in Sydney. Siddiq Amir Jalil, Dzafran Asyraf and Khairul Abdillah will fly to Australia after they help UPM to the silver medal during 2018 SUKIPT. They will be joined by Zulhisham Rasli who miss the Mick Whale Curry Tournament due to personal reason.
Malaysia will continue their training session in Australia as they are scheduled to take part in the Lake Macquarie 7s on 17th February 2018.
Photos by Malaysia Rugby Union