Eagles Rugby Club win the opening match in style.
21 February 2017 – The East Malaysia of 2017 AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League start today as the Eagles Rugby Club beat Sabah Osca Warriors RC in the first match of the league. Sandakan based, Eagles RC produced an impressive display as they dominated most of the 80 minutes’ match. They kept Osca at their own yard and overcame them 38 – 5.
Eagles Rugby Club fulfilled their pre-match expectation. They managed to score their first try on 11 minutes through Jona Vugona Tuitoga. Mohd Fikri Sawi completed the conversion. Kurt Alexander Nicholas Eklund added ERC second try of the match on 25th minutes. Mohd Fikri Sawi once again completed the conversion. Helbarth Jemlit added another try in 32 minutes for Eagles Rugby Club to comfortably lead 19 – 0 at the end of the first half.
Sabah Osca Rugby Club showed a glimpsed of what they can do in the second half as they sneaked pass ERC to score their only try of the match in the 50th minutes through Wilmer Wilfreddoline. Eagles came back into the match as Sam David hall scored ERC fourth try in the 60th minutes. Sam David hall himself completed the conversion. ERC grabbed their fifth try through Badrul bin Musa 5 minutes later. Eagles ended the match on high as they managed their sixth and last try via Nathaniel Tang Aik Ming in 75th minutes. Mohd Fikri Sawi grabbed his third and last conversions of the match. The match ended with 38 – 5 scoreline after the final whistle.
Only 3 teams remain in the East Malaysia 2017 AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League, all of them are from Sabah. Sabah Osca Warriors Rugby Club took Labuan Rugby Club’s place who initially withdraw from the competition. Sibu Division Rugby Union from Sarawak who suppose to be the fourth team in the competition withdraw at the last minute due to unknown reason.
Sabah Osca Warriors RC will play KK Sharks on 23rd February 2017. The last match of the league will be between KK Sharks against Eagles Rugby Club. All the match will be play at Padang SUKMA Likas, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The match is scheduled to start at 4.00pm.
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