Tag: Rimau 7s

Good warm up in Perlis

17 July 2018 – Rimau 7s team performed well in the warm-up tournament as they showed class in the two days tournament. They were untouchable throughout the tournament, cruised in all 6 matches to the title.

The head coach, Saizul Hafifi decided to rest captain, Zulkiflee Azmi, newcomer Muhd Safiy Mohd Said, Azwan Zuwairi Aziz and Zaiheri Zumardi for the trip to the far north of Malaysia.

3 win out of 3 group matches saw Rimau, as expected, topped the Pool A. KSDBKL sat second with 6 points after they were humble down by the national team 17 – 0. They didn’t even need to go to the third gear in all the group matches as they focus on getting the match fitness to peak in the Asia games soon.

The team opened the second day with a confident display as they overcame UNIMAP 31 – 0 in the quarter-final. They book the final spot thanks to 24 – 0 over SUKMA Negeri Sembilan.

Malaysia 7s finally showed a glimpsed of what they can do and put 8 tries pass ABI JOB FC in the final match. Malaysia 7s easily cruised to the title with 54 – 0 win.

Malaysia will travel to Sarawak next week as they will take part in the Song Kheng Hai – Memorial Cup 2018 which will take place in Kuching. They will then head to Japan to play in the Asia Invitational 7s at Sapporo in the first week of August as the final preparation before Asia Games in Jakarta starting from 30th August.

Photos by Aiman Farhan

Rimau 7s – The Squad Part 3

Wan Izzuddin Ismail hails from Johor started playing during his early secondary school days. Inspired by his elder brother, Wan Omar Ismail and cousin, Wan Muhd Yusuf. Wan currently play for UPM Angels. One of his fondest memories was winning ARX 2015 at MBPJ Stadium. Talking about his darkest hours, his team suffered a defeat against Thailand in Asian University Games in 2016. They ended up with a Silver Medal instead of a Gold Medal.

Wan will strive hard to create a history as Malaysia have yet to win a gold in the 7s event.
Muhammad Zulhisham bin Rasli or Ise currently plays for ASAS RC, the former player for Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah. He developed his playing skills under the supervision of Cikgu Nasrul. Ise won the best player award for SBP 10s in 2011, played in ARFU U20, Asian 7 series in 2015 and 2016.

Suffered a major knee injury in 2013. However, has made full recovery since then.
Both of them Wan and Ise are ready to rumble and put their bodies in harm’s way. Are we?
We bid Rimau 7s all the best in their quest for Gold Medals. Bring it home boys!

Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline

Rimau 7s – The Squad Part 2

10 August 2017 – Maiko or Mohamad Khairul Abdilah bin Ramli, to our surprise, is the sibling of Nurazman (Jemey), the national 15s player. So rugby is really in their vein so to speak. Maiko started playing since he was 13 with strong supports from his parents, coaches, and friends. He is currently playing for Serdang Angels.

The best games to date are Cockburn 7s and Asia Series Korea. Maiko’s position is scrumhalf. Throughout his career, Maiko rated the following as his most memorable:
a. Runner-up of Cockburn 7s.
b. Top 5 in both South Korea and Sri Lanka 7s series.
c. Champions Asian 5 Nation in Qatar (2014).
d. Champions IRG Ranking Bangkok (2014)
e. Champions ARC 2016.

Muhammad Ameer Nasrun bin Zulkeffli or Awe, is another player from Serdang Angels. Started playing at the age of 14, Awe is a product of SMK Sultan Yahya Petra (1), Kelantan. It was there that Awe received the initial training. The coach who responsible for providing him with the foundation and encouraged him to excel in rugby was Cikgu Kamel Ishak.
According to Awe, his best games to date were playing for Malaysia in ARFU 7s U20 in 2011 and 2012. For 2 consecutive years, the U20 7s emerged champions and to put the icing on the cake, Malaysia beat both Hong Kong and Japan. What an achievement!

The lowest point in his games was during Asia Games in Korea when Malaysia suffered defeats to Japan and Thailand in the group stage and ended up winning the bowl. A morale sapping experiences.

Awe’s achievements to date include:
a. Silver medal for SEA Game Singapore
b. 6th place for Olympics Qualifying in Hong Kong
c. 4th place HSBC Asian 7s Mumbai 2013
d. 4th place HSBC Asian 7s Colombo 2015
e. Champions for ARFU 7s U20 2011 and 2012.
f. Runner Up ARFU 7s U20 2013.

Muhammad Azwan Zuwairi bin Mat Zizi or Puteh started playing rugby at the age of 10. The best games to date for him were Asian 7s Series in South Korea and Sri Lanka and also Cockburn 7s in Australia.

His best achievement was ARFU U20 for 2015 and 2016 and Asia 7s Series for the same years.

We at Ragbi Online would like to wish Maiko, Awe, Puteh and the rest of Rimau 7s all the best and bring the gold medals home.

By Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline

Rimau 7s – The Squad Part 1

9 August 2017 – We managed to have some quick chats with few of Rimau 7s Squad about their high and low in their rugby careers.

Mohamad Firdaus bin Tarmizi or better known as Amoi among his friends and fans started to play rugby at the tender age of 9. Continued to play throughout his secondary school. Thereafter during his study at SSTMI and now in UPM. No one pushed or inspire him to play, he started on his own initiative, but never attended any trial until his football coach who had spotted his talents recommended him to a local rugby coach.

One of the highlights of Amoi’s rugby achievement was winning the silver medal in the Asia University Games in 2016. in 2015, he suffered a torn hamstring which saw him sidelined for months. However, his strong determination and hard work enable him to reclaim his place and eventually a place in Rimau 7s, of which he considered as one of his best moments. Amoi is one of the wingers and one of the new faces for Rimau 7s.

Zulkiflee Azmi or Jukiey needs no further introduction to the local rugby scenes. Assigned with the task of captaining Rimau 7s, Jukiey is one of the veterans of the squad. Started playing at the age of 11. Inspired by one of his coaches, Cikgu Ghaffar, who was the coach for Kelantan U12 team. Since then, he did not look back. Going from strength to strength and gathering the valuables experiences vibe playing for Tsunami, Angels and Kelantan.

Jukiey won various medals and honor but the closest to his heart is winning the Silver Medal with the 7s side in SEA Games 2015 and the Champions of ARFU U20 7s for 2011 and 2012. He is determined to add a gold medal to his collections.

Another new face making a debut for Rimau 7s is Terengganu born Nik Mohd Shahiddan bin Mohd Zain or fondly called Labi by his mates and friends.

Started playing touch rugby at the age of 10 before converting into full contact. According to Labi, coach Naharudin Othman (ex SSTMI) inspired him the most. in 2014, Labi suffered multiple knee injuries. However, these did not stop him from pursuing his passion and dream of playing rugby at the highest level. He recovered and won the Asia Rugby Championship in 2015 and aiming to add a gold medal to his tally.

We at Ragbi Online would like to wish Amoi, Jukiey, Labi and the rest of Rimau 7s all the best and bring the gold medals home.

By Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline

Rimau 7s final 12

After much deliberations and considerations, the selection panels have finalized the 7s squad for the SEA Games. It was a tough task as the candidates are in prime conditions and fine form.

The squad that carries the nation’s hope for the gold medal and glory is as follows:
1. Zulkiflee bin Azmi
2. Muhammad Siddiq Azmi bin Jalil
3. Muhammad Azwan Zuwairi bin Mat Zizi
4. Mohamad Nur Azri bin Azmi
5. Wan Izzuddin bin Ismail
6. Muhammad Dzafran Asyraaf bin Muhamad Zainudin
7. Mohamad Safwan bin Abdullah
8. Nik Mohd Shahiddan bin Mohd Zain
9. Muhammad Firdaus bin Tarmizi
10. Muhammad Ameer Nasrun bin Zulkefli
11. Mohamad Khairul Abdillah bin Ramli
12. Muhammad Zulhisham bin Rasli

The management team for the squad consists of team manager Amir Amri bin Mohamad and Head Coach Mohd Saizul Hafifi bin Md Noor.

Congratulation and all the best to Rimau 7s squad from us at Ragbi Online.

From Our Lens : Rimau 7s Rising Together

2 July 2017 – We dropped by at Padang A UPM a few days back to have some quick updates from the Head Coach of Rimau 7s, Mohd Saiful Afifi on the latest development of the squad.

According to the Head Coach who is fondly known as “Pipie”, the squad is currently in Phase 3 – their last phase of training. All the hard works are about to come to its end. However, he is having a headache in choosing the final Rimau 7s squad as all of the current players are in their best in term of results, tests, and physical conditions.

Coach is an art, but you need science to back up your finding and fine tune your methods. To this end, the coaching team is using Catapult GPS tracking system, to monitor the performance of these fine athletes. With this system, the team is able to measure and track performance in real time and trend performance over time.

Our main competitors in the 7s rugby are the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore. However, the Philippines as the strongest and shall provide the main obstacles in our quest for the gold medals. In the last SEA Games (2015), the Philippines beat Malaysia 24-7 to win the gold medals.

We at Ragbionline would like to wish Coach Pipie and his team the best in their and our nation quest for the goal medals.

By Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline