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Dingoes dazzle to the title.

16 July 2018 – FRC Dingoes became the first ever winner in the very first edition of KRS 7s Ladies. The 2018 edition tournament took place at the Astake Field MBPJ, Petaling Jaya.

13 teams took to the field out of 14 registered with Singapore senior team pulled out in the last minute due to unknown reason. Dingoes topped the group B after two days of outstanding 7s rugby display. They scored a total of whopping 32 tries and only let a single try to Cobra Venom in all 6 group matches. They scored maximum points with 6 wins out of 6.

Dingoes opponent in the final, the SUKMA Sabah showed that they are the team to beat in the upcoming 2018 SUKMA Perak. 5 win in 5 matches with clean sheets in all group matches showed their dominance. This young team recorded their biggest win in the opening group match as they put Johor Senior team to bed with 31 – 0 win. Sabah scored at least 3 tries in the group stage.

KRS Ladies 7s

It was all to play for in the final with young Sabah squad strike first. 15 years old Mary Theresa Paul Thevaraj scored the opening try as Sabah lead 5 – 0. Azreen Azli levelled the score with Dingoes first try before the lead for the first time through Maslina Ahmad Ismail. Malaysia Under 17 captain, Shania Baduk tied the game with Sabah second try as both teams tied at 10 each during the half-time.

The experience was certainly the key factor as Dingoes took control in the second half. Dingoes retake the lead through Dayang Manggie’s try with the additional 2 points from resulting conversion. Maslina Ahmad Ismail second try in the final match made sure Dingoes out of reach. FRC Dingoes lift the KRS 7s Ladies title with 22 – 10 win over SUKMA Sabah.

FRC Dingoes

To make it sweeter, FRC Dingoes claimed the title as they are celebrating their 10th year anniversary as the club. Dingoes was formed back in 2008, as the pioneer in women tackle team. Their first tournament in 2008 was the Jonah Jones 7s.

4 players from the very first squad are still in the team for the 2018 KRS 7s Ladies. Liyana Kamarul Bahrin, 26 joined the team as 16 years old teen back in 2008 alongside Mona Tiara Izaniah, Aki Loh Nong Sim and the experience 42 years old Lim Chin Wei who is still running strong with the team.

Photos credited to FRC Dingoes and SUKMA Sabah

SRU to take responsibility in Under 20

5 July 2018 – Sabah Rugby Union (SRU) will take the responsibility to send their whole team and represent Malaysia in the Asia Rugby 7s Under 20. The annual tournament will take place at the Kings Park Stadium in Hong Kong.

SRU will send their Women Under 20 team to represent Malaysia. It is not the first time for SRU to take such action as in 2017, SRU sends the whole Women Under 17 squad to the United Arab Emirates to represent Malaysia.

Sabah will take the full responsibility to bear all the team cost during the tournament. An insider also informed us that although SRU will have to manage all cost, they still have to follow all the guideline given to them by MRU especially in term of sponsorship to avoid any conflict.

Last month, Malaysia Rugby Union (MRU) received the application from SRU after the news that Malaysia will take the decision to pull out from the tournament. The upcoming SUKMA game believed to be the reason for the decision. However, Sabah will likely to use this tournament as another preparation for the upcoming SUKMA with their target to bag gold in Ipoh.

On the other side of the story, there’s no news of the Men Under 20 participation in Hong Kong. The men team finished in the 6th position out of 10 teams while the Women team was ranked 6th out of 7 competing team.

The Asia Rugby 7s Under 20 tournament will be held form 10 to 11 August 2018 at the King’s Park Stadium, Hong Kong

Photos from Muizzuddin Yahaya/ragbionline

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

Last chance for Gold Coast ticket

17 March 2018 – Malaysia 7s players are playing their last tournament before the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Malaysia had a good 2 days in Sandakan so far as they advance to the quarterfinal in 2018 Borneo 7s.

They opened the campaign in Borneo with impressive 21 – 14 win over Belgium Barbarians. Tribe 7s from Australia proved to be a way too much for the national squad as they beat Malaysia 48 – 0. Malaysia secured the second spot in group B when they overcame Tainan Chang Jung RT from Chinese Taipei. They played impressively to beat TCJ RT 36 – 0.

Malaysia 7s run in the Cup was ended by ICONZ. ICONZ speed and physical proved to be the difference as they came out victorious with 40 – 0 scoreline.

Malaysia will be playing in the Plate during the 3rd and last day. Malaysia will either play Sabah Eagles in the Plate Semi-Final. That match will be played at 10.50am. All the matches at the Borneo 7s will be telecast live at Eagles Rugby Club Facebook page.

Malaysia 7s team is in Borneo without their star captain, Zulkiflee Azmi who just got married a week prior to this tournament.

The 12 players who are playing for their ticket to Gold Coast are:

1. Wan Izzuddin Ismail
2. Muhammad Safwan Abdullah
3. Nik Mohd Shahiddan Mohd Zain
4. Muhammad Siddiq Amir Jalil
5. Mohamad Nasaruddin Ismail
6. Mohd Zaiheri Zumardi
7. Mohamad Khairul Abdillah Ramli
8. Muhammad Azwan Zuwairi Mat Zizi
9. Muhamad Zharif Affandi Mohamed Zahib
10. Muhammad A’aziem bin Badaruddin
11. Muhammad Zulhisham Rasli
12. Muhammad Firdaus Tarmizi

Malaysia is in Pool A during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Another 3 teams in Pool A are Scotland, South Africa, and Papua New Guinea. The rugby games will be played from 13th to 15th April 2018.

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.

KJ fulfil under 17 girls dream.

28 November 2017 – Youth and Sports Minister, YB Khairy Jamaluddin spend 15 minutes to meet and fulfil the Malaysia 7s Under 17 girls wish to meet him team before they departed to the United Arab Emirates on Monday. It was 30 minutes to remember for the whole team as they met KJ at the parlimen, with a special tour around the parliament before the meeting.

“It is something very special to represent Malaysia and that came with a lot of responsibility. We are giving full support to rugby as we realised the sport big potential especially after we won the gold and bronze in the SEA Games and rank 4th in Asia for the 15s team”, said Khairy during the meeting.

Khairy Jamaluddin presented the Malaysia flag to the Head of the Contingent, Puan Seri Diana Diego before she handed the flag to the team captain.

KJ in his speach, also urged the team to show fighting spirit despite the team low ranking in the tournament. Malaysia seeded last as the 12th team. He also reminded the player to follow the coach order to make sure they stick to the game plan.

The current Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Pandikar Amin bin Haji Mulia who is also the Patron of Sabah Rugby Union also present at the ceremony. Tan Sri asked for attention from the Youth and Sports Ministry as this is the first participation from Malaysia on this tournament.

Puan Seri Diana Diego believe that this team have potential to be a serious challenger to any Asia rugby powerhouse in the future. She is giving the team two years to master and polish their ability in order for them to develop further. “Their development also depends on the support and helps by everyone”, added Puan Seri Diana Diego.

Most of the team expenses sponsored by Tan Sri Pandikar Amin and Puan Seri Diana Diego with help from friends and company as they make expensive journey all the way to the United Arab Emirates.

The team is already in Dubai after 10 hours flight from Kuala Lumpur via Brunei. Malaysia is in Pool D. They will face Thailand in their first matches. Malaysia will end their group match against one of the top team, China. Only the top two team will advance to knock out round with the last team will play in a group round robin.

Perak sink Sabah in quest to defend title

23 August 2017 – Perak recovered from their group stage defeat to Kedah as they beat last year semi-finalist, Sabah in the quarter final. The match between Perak and Sabah met the pre-match expectation as both teams played their best rugby from the start until the final whistle. Perak beat Sabah 27 – 20 after the final whistle.

2016 edition champion, Perak certainly showed that they are still the title contender after they produced came back, at the final 20 minutes of the match. Sabah drew the first blood as the flyhalf, Benjamin Francis Mathers completed the penalty in the first 5 minutes. Rusiate Nasove scored the first try in the match for Perak. Amir Aswad added 2 more points as Perak lead the match for the first time. Benjamin reduced the gap to one point as he completed another penalty before Amir Aswad extended it back to 4 points as he scored Perak first penalty.

Perak made sure that they comfortably in the lead with their second try through Timoci Tavuto 2 minutes before the end of the first half. Amir continued his fine form with another conversion. Perak lead Sabah 17 – 6 at half time mark.

Sabah produced a stunning display as the second half started. National player, Badrul Muktee showed his pace as he scored Sabah first try in the match. Benjamin added 2 more points with his conversion.

Sabah captain and national player, Nathaniel Tan Aik Ming scored another try in the 52nd minute. Benjamin calmly converted the conversion as Sabah re-took the lead 20 – 17.

Everything changed after Benjamin yellow carded on 54th minutes. Perak reclaimed the control and their pressure paid off as Amir Aswad completed another penalty to level the score.

Mohammad Harith Iqbal scored the winning try on 70th minutes as Perak retook the lead. Perak lead 27 – 20 after Amir Aswad completed his third conversions.

Both teams kept on going at one another but the scored remained until the final whistle. Perak continues their journey to the semi final. They will repeat 2016 final match as they will take on Johor at the second semi final which will take place at Gong Badak Sports Complex, Kuala Terengganu

Photos by Fauzi Saim/CSN for Ragbionline

Under 20 Girls finished 6th

6 July 2017 – With only a month of preparation, the Malaysia Under 20 Women teams unable to provide much challenge to other powerhouse nation in the Asia Rugby 7s Under 20 at the Kings Park Stadium, Hong Kong. The team is the combination of players only from Sabah and Sarawak. Malaysia won 1 out of 6 matches in this 2 days tournament.

Malaysia opened the tournament on a positive note as they overcame Uzbekistan in the first match of the tournament. Christini Johanes, Claire Gabriel, Imidah Ibrahim completed 3 tries for Malaysia while Divine Juvinol completed the only conversions in the match for Malaysia. Malaysia overcome Uzbekistan 17 – 5.

Malaysia lost the next two matches on the first day. They had their chance against India but unable to replicate the same form they had in the first match. Ruchi Shetty and Swapna Oroan try sealed the deal as India beat Malaysia 10 – 0.

Hong Kong proved to be too much for Malaysia. They were better in all aspect of the game especially in term of physical. 4 tries and a conversion gave Singapore 22 – 0 lead in the first half. They added 4 more tries and another two conversions as Hong Kong battered Malaysia ladies 46 – 0. Rosanna Wright played the important role in Hong Kong win with 2 tries.

Malaysia started the second day against the champion, China. Malaysia suffered the biggest lost of the tournament. Malaysia lost 0 – 52 to China. Huimin Zhou had an outstanding game against Malaysia with 3 tries.

Thailand who finished runner-up steam rolled Malaysia in our 5th match. Thailand scored 6 tries with 2 successful conversions. They beat Malaysia 34 – 0.

Malaysia ended the tournament with another defeat. Singapore who had a better preparation as they too joined the ELITE 7s in MBPJ proved to be too strong. 4 tries and 3 conversions put Malaysia to bed as Singapore won the match 26 – 0.

The standing is :

1. China
2. Thailand
3. Hong Kong
4. India
5. Singapore
6. Malaysia
7. Uzbekistan

The Malaysia team should be able to perform much better if they had more time to prepare for the tournament.

Photos by Muizzuddin Yahaya/ragbionline

Positive from Hong Kong

28 June 2017 – Malaysia ended the Mini Tournament in Hong Kong with positive notes. The Women 7’s team, on course in preparing for the upcoming SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur came back with a win, a draw and two defeats. They were scheduled to play 5 matches in the tournament but only played 4 due to technical problem.

Malaysia did not played the first match as the Under 20 Dragon did not have enough player for the match. Malaysia then comfortably won the second game 40 – 0 against Under 20 Lions. Both Under 20 Lions and Under 20 Dragon’s players were playing for their spot in Hong Kong Under 20 team for the upcoming Asia Rugby 7’s Under 20 this August in Hong Kong.

Malaysia lost the third match 5 – 10 to Development Dragons which were consist of 4 National Hong Kong 7’s player and 8 Hong Kong 15’s player. It was a good match considering the defeat was against a far more superior and experience team.

Malaysia draw 5 – 5 in the fourth match against Development Lions. The Lions were consist of ex-Hong Kong Under 20 players who missed their spot in Hong Kong 7’s team.

Malaysia faced another team who will compete in the SEA Games, Philippines. Their wish for the revenge against the Philippines did not materialised as they narrowly lost the match 14 – 15. They were also beaten by Philippines in the 3rd/4th place match after the sudden death in the recent South East Asia 7’s back in April.

According to the head coach, the match fitness for the whole team reached the 90% and they should be ready in time for the SEA Games. He also saw a lot of improvement in the game pattern where they applied set pieces and unit skills during the matches. He was also glad to see vast improvement in line speed of defence as well as on one on one tackling.

Malaysia will be able to have a lot of positive result if they able to improve their decision making and urgencies during break down. They need to prepare their mental and mind set as well if they really want to go for Gold in the SEA Games.

Malaysia will be hoping for Norfarhana, Fidelia Limang and Cindy John to have speedy recovery as they suffered slight injury from the tournament. Both Norfarhana and Fidelia suffered sprained ankle while Cindy had to be taken out due to knocked on the neck after she was high tackled in the last match against Philippines.

Malaysia are dreaming for Gold on both Men and Women during the upcoming SEA Games. The rugby 7’s match will take place at the Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya Stadium on 19th until 20th August 2017.

Aidilfitri in Hong Kong for Women 7’s

23 June 2017 – Numbers of Malaysia Women 7’s player will have to leave their family behind and celebrate Aidilfitri with the teammate as they departed to Hong Kong early this morning. They are on course of preparing for the upcoming SEA Games and will use this Mini Tournament to increase match fitness.

The team departed to Hong Kong from Kota Kinabalu International Airport. They head straight to Hong Kong after they finish their training camp in Ranau Sports Complex, Sabah.

The tournament which will take place on 24th of June 2017 will see Malaysia go against Philippines, one of the team who will compete in SEA Games. Another teams in the tournament are Hong Kong and numbers of club from Hong Kong.

The likes of Norfarahana Aziz, Normasyirah Zahari, Rozliana Mohd Ridwan, Siti Farhanita Maddin and Wan Zurifah Mohd Nasir will have to make sure they are fully focus on the games which will be held one day before the Aidilfitri. They are preparing well for the game and will want to make sure all their effort worth spending for.

Malaysia are dreaming for Gold on both Men and Women during the upcoming SEA Games. The rugby 7’s match will take place at the Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya Stadium on 19th until 20th August 2017.

Photos from Rugby Media Group.