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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

Agong Cup to kick off in October

25 July 2018 – Malaysia Rugby Union has released the schedule for the 2018 Agong Cup. It will be a brand new format for this year as teams are being divided into 3 division.

All the semi-finalist in 2017 will be in the Premier Division. 2017 Champion, Johor will take on Terengganu, Kedah and Perak in the Premier Division. The next 4 teams will be in Division 1 are Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, PDRM and ATM. This is also base on their performance in 2017.

There will be two groups in Division 2. Perlis, Selangor and Pulau Pinang are in Pool A while Pool B is consists of Kuala Lumpur, Pahang and Melaka. Only Perlis took part in 2017 Agong Cup while the remaining 5 teams did not participate last year.

The tournament supposed to have another Division of East Malaysia but with Sarawak and Labuan decision to pull out, that give Sabah direct spot to compete in the quarter-final. They will join the tournament at the quarter-final stage. They will meet the 4th rank team from the Premier Division.

Agong Cup

Fahmy Abdul Jalil as the Tournament Director shared, “The decision to introduce different division is to make sure we will have the well-contested match from the week 1. We did not want what happened last year to repeat again and watch a one sided-match”.

The first week of the tournament will begin on 6th October 2018. The final match is scheduled to take place on 25th November 2018.

Johor is the winner for 2017 edition as they produced a great comeback to beat Terengganu 32 – 29 in the match that took place at Gong Badak Sports Complex, Kuala Terengganu.

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat and Fauzi Saim

Double champion for Tsunami

10 July 2018 – SSTMI Tsunami proved that they are still the team to beat after two teams from the school claimed the title at the UTP Super Rugby 10s. SSTMI Tsunami Under 16 team won the Under 17 category while their elder brothers who played for Front Row Jr claimed the Under 19.

Sek Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail

SSTMI Tsunami Under 16 didn’t have much problem to clinch the Under 17 title. With only 6 teams in the category, they managed to outclass the opponent despite fielding 5 Under 15 and 7 Under 16 players. Tsunami scored 40 points in the group matches from 6 tries, 5 conversions and did not let a single point to the opponent.

They stormed through KV Tanah Merah in the semi-final and book the final spot with 27 – 0 win. In the final, Tsunami face Bengals RC for the second time in the tournament as they previously beat them 21 – 0 in the group match. Ikhmal Hijjaz and Putra Danish scored a try each as Putra added 4 more points from two conversions for the Tsunami to claim the title.

UTP Super Rugby 10s Under 17

In the Under 19, Front Row made sure they claimed the top spot with a 100% record. They did well to beat Happy Ending, STAROBA, SAJOHA Viking and GMI and scored 11 tries in the process.

Front Row Jr turn into another gear at the start of the second day to demolish SABROBA 43 – 0 in the quarter-final. UTP Drillers Jr did their best but unable to stop the Front Row as they went down 7 – 21 in the semi-final match.

Happy Ending who finished second in the Pool D made it to final after 14 – 10 win over Anchorman Jr in the other semi-final. Happy Ending was wishing for a revenge as Front Row Jr narrowly beat them by a single try in the group match.

UTP Super Rugby 10s Under 19

That did not materialise as two tries as well as two conversions from Hafiezie Sudin and additional one try from Adam Arif won the game for Front Row Jr. Front Row won the final with 19 – 7 scoreline.

With the win, SSTMI Tsunami Under 16 brought home RM750 while the Front Row Jr received RM 1000. They also brought home trophy and medals.

Photos by Aiman Farhan for Ragbionline

High school Batu Pahat on high

10 July 2018 – High School Batu Pahat (HSBP) of Johor won the Under 15 category at the UTP Super Rugby 10s last weekend. The team had a good tournament and overcame Bengals RC in the final.

6 teams compete in the Under 16 category with Bengals RC sent two teams. HSBP was in Pool A alongside Bengals A and SBPI Gopeng (IGOP). They did not have much problem as they comfortably dispatch both teams 35 – 0 and 31 – 0 over IGOP. The scoreline certainly indicates HSBP domination in those match.

HSBP started the second day in a similar fashion. They kept their focus to overcome the Bengals B team in the semi-final. HSBP scored 4 tries to win the match 26 – 0.

Bengals who finished as the Pool A runner-up shocked SBPI Gombak 10 – 0 to advance to the final.

 

Bengals played a much better game in the final compared to what they showed in the group stage to match HSBP. They even managed to break the HSBP line to score a try but that unable to stop HSBP from claiming the title. Two tries from Mohamad Syahrul Fahri bin Syahrudin secured the win as HSBP overcame Bengals with 12 – 5 scoreline.

UTP Super Rugby 10s Under 15

Hasrol Baharom (HSBP head coach) shared, “winning the title is not something that we use to, so we will cherish every moment. We will keep working hard to improve our game.”

HSBP brought home RM700, trophy as well as medals.

Photos courtesy of HSBP.

92% ready

21 June 2018 – Malaysia Rugby Union delegate lead by the Presiden, Dato Shahrul Zaman Yahya visited the ongoing construction of Mini Rugby Stadium at the MBI Sports Complex in Ipoh this morning. It will be the venue for the rugby match in the 2018 SUKMA which will be held in Perak.

According to Fahmy Jalil, MRU Tournament Director, the venue which reaches 92% completion, will be ready for the game. It is expected to be handover by 15th July 2018.

It is a brand new stadium, constructed for rugby and will be managed by Kesatuan Ragbi Perak.

The RM 3.1 million mini Stadium will be tested later in August in the pre-game tournament. The actual game will take place in September. It will start on 15th and the gold medal match is expected to take place on the 16th September evening.

The new Perak Youth, Sports and Human Capital Development Minister, Howard Lee Chuan How, also present during the visit.

The delegate was brief by Mrs Nasfiza, JKR Construction Manager for SUKMA.

Photos courtesy of Malaysia Rugby Union

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

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.

Mersing marching on

26 February 2018 – Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri Mersing became the 5th school to lift the N J Ryan Cup. The school from Johor stop the hot favorite, Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) from having the hat-trick of the championship in a very tight final match.

After an impressive first day, SMK Seri Mersing continues their outstanding run with an impressive 26 – 7 win over SBPI Gombak in the quarter-final. Mersing demolished the host dream to advance to the final as they outclass Koleq with another outstanding 19 – 5 scoreline.

4 times champion, SSTMI made their way to the final with ease. They overcame SM Sains Sultan Mahmud 26 – 0 in the quarter-final. The surprise package of the competition, SM Sains Pokok Sena unable to stop SSTMI. The Tsunami put them to the sword with 3 tries.

It was too close to call between the two top team in the final. For the record, both teams met in the final of NS Royal last year with Mersing came out victorious. That certainly gave a good amount of confidence to Mersing who had a much better start to the game. Mersing took the lead through the player of the tournament, Muhammad Faiq Aslah try. He made it 7 – 0 as he converted the conversion himself.

SSTMI did not back out and took their chances as Mersing played with 6 players after Hazim Nor Ismail yellow carded. They scored their first try through Amirul Aidil Mohd Saleh. The scored remained 5 – 7 after they unable to complete the conversion.

A good link-up play between Hazim Nor Ismail and Faiq Aslah saw Faiq scored Mersing second try of the final match. Faiq made it 14 – 5 with another successful conversion. SSTMI kept on working and managed to score another try via Nur Faisol Arshad. Ammar Mohammad Zamri closed the gap to two with his conversion but it was a little too late for SSTMI.

SMK Seri Mersing beat SS Tunku Mahkota Ismail 14 – 12 to lift the N J Ryan Cup.

To make it sweeter for Mersing, their star player, Muhammad Faiq Aslah was awarded the player of the tournament title. He was impressive since day one.

Faiq contributed 71 points for SM Seri Mersing. He scored 9 tries as well as converted 13 conversions in 6 matches.

Congratulations to SMK Seri Mersing!

MCKK Premier 7s

Photos credited to MCOBA

Red hot host!

24 February 2018 – The tournament host, Malay College Kuala Kangsar is on the right track to reclaim the N J Ryan Cup. They recorded 100% win in the group stage as they strolled in all 3 matches.

MCKK impressive run put them 2nd in the ranking after all 36 group stage matches. The open the campaign with comfortable 24 – 0 win over SMK Abi in the first day. That ignited the host to continue their good performance with 43 – 12 win over Australian International School from Singapore. The 19 – 0 win over Sekolah Menengah Sains Tuanku Jaafar gave them the third win. MCKK will face Sekolah Menengah Sains Hulu Selangor in the Cup/Plate quarter-match.

4 times winner and top-seeded team, Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail met the expectation. They ranked first after 3 group matches. SSTMI recorder 15 tries, the most tries among 24 competing teams as they top the overall ranking. SSTMI overcame SBPI Kubang Pasu 31 – 0 in the first match of the second day. MRSM Kuala Terengganu became the second victim as SSTMI scored 5 more tries to beat them 31 – 7. Another 5 more tries scored by SSTMI in the last group matches. SSTMI overcame SMKA Othman Abdul Wahab 29 – 7. SM Sains Sultan Mahmud will have their biggest test in the tournament as they will take in Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail in the quarter-final.

Another 2 teams who had 100% record in the group match are last year finalist, SMK Seri Mersing, and SM Sains Pokok Sena. Seri Mersing will be hoping to beat SBPI Gombak in the quarter-final if they wish to go one step further in this year edition. SAINA will face Royal Military College in the fourth quarter-final match.

The tournament will be broadcast live on Premier7s.com.my. The third day of the competition will start at 8.30am with the Shield quarter-final match.

You can also access the match results, knock-out round and players details via this link

MCKK Premier 7s

Photos by MCKK Premier 7s official team