Runner up rampage as champion beaten
UPM – 5 February 2017 – 2016 Malaysia Rugby Super League (MRSL) champion, Serdang Angels received blow on their very first AirAsia Malaysia Super League Premier. Angels, who play on their home turf suffered defeat at the hand of well prepared Iskandar Raiders. Serdang Angels managed to lead in the first half 20 – 17 but Raiders came back strong in second half to win 34 – 30.
Angels final push late in the half through Ahmad Syukur Iqbal bin Ab Raman try late in the game and Mohd Faizal bin Tahir successful conversion came a little too late. Raiders managed to control the game at the start of the second half as they got two tries and complete both conversion. Mohd Razmi Rozan who completed one of the conversion also scored through a penalty kick at the start of the second half.
Although unable to win the first game, Serdang certainly showed that they can compete with others even though they do not have any import players on the team.
Last year runner-up, Keris Conlay certainly showed that they are the team to look for. Conlay recorded the biggest win of the league so far against Panthers Blowpipes who received promotion to play in the AirAsia MRL Premier earlier this year. Keris Conlay showed that there are no pushover as they recorded 13 tries and completed 9 conversions. They also added 3 more points to make it 86 – 0 after the final whistle.
Import, Jone Marawa Nasalo ended the game with two tries. Mohd Khairul Aimi bin Mohd Nor matched that number as he also had two tries. Flyhalf, Mohd Fairuz bin Abdul Rahman completed all the 9 conversions and a penalty.
Elsewhere, Mersing Eagles recorded the biggest win for AirAsia MRL Premier Group A as they shocked COBRA 52 – 2 to take a commanding lead. NS Wonderers won the tournament opening match as they beat Politeknik Malaysia 41 – 31. All the group A match was played at the Padang A, Univeristi Putra Malaysia.
SSTMI Tsunami produced a wonderful display as they beat one of the tournament favourite, Kelab Sukan DBKL in the first match. Tsunami won the 2 with two points different, 28 – 26. ASAS RC also stated that they are in the league to compete for the tittle. They won their opening match against UiTM Lions 32 – 19.
Full 2017 AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League Premier
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