12 March 2017 – Silver Gaurus overcame ATM JLJ in the final match of 2017 AirAsia MRL Division 1. The match took place at Padang A, Universiti Putra Malaysia in Serdang. Gaurus had a better start in the match which proved to be the crucial point that lead to the Gaurus’ win.
Silver Gaurus powered by two imports got their tactical spot on as they completely in control for the first 20 minutes of the match. Their dominance paid of as they scored 3 quick tries. Mohammad Nor bin Adol scored the first 2 tries of the match. The first one came in the 7th minutes while he also complete the second try 4 minutes later. Muhammad Harith Iqbal complete the conversion to give a comfortable 12 – 0 lead at the 12th minutes.
Muhammad Harith Iqbal added 7 more points 3 minutes later as he scored a try. He himself completed the conversion, his second personal conversions in the match.
ATM JLJ managed to get back in the match on the 20th minutes. Proop, Lailatul Norazlee who had a wonderful season score JLJ first try in the match. Mohammad Nor bin Adol who had a wonderful start in the match received a yellow card. The incident also lead to a penalty which was completed by Farid bin Ahmad to add 3 more points and closed the gap.
Silver Gaurus managed to retake the control in the last minute of the half. Gaurus prop, Muhammad Sayidi bin Shahrul score their fourth try. Muhammad Harith Iqbal kept his 100% conversion ratio as he completed the conversions.
ATM JLJ started the second half on fire as they try to close the gap. However, Gaurus stood firm with their forward used their physical advantage to stop the JLJ attack. Gaurus who lost their star captain, Mohammad Nor bin Adol due to injury finally let the JLJ to score their second try of the match 20 minutes into the second half. Shafee bin Burhanalis who came on as the second half substitution scored 2 try on 20th minutes and 24th minutes. arid bin Ahmad managed to complete one of the conversion to make it 26 – 20.
With the match could go to either side, Silver Gaurus managed to calm things down and regroup. Muhammad Alif bin Anuar try with 10 minutes to go settled the match. Muhammad Harith Iqbal made it 4 out of 4 conversion to make it 33 – 20 for Silver Gaurus. The score remained up until the final whistle to give the 2017 AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League Division 1 tittle to Silver Gaurus of Perak.
Silver Gaurus received RM 3000, championship trophy and medals as the winner while ATM JLJ brought home RM 1500 and medals. With this win, Silver Gaurus receive promotion and will compete in the Malaysia Rugby League – Premier for 2018 season. Major General Dato ‘Jaafar Bin Hanafi (Chairman of the Royal Corps JLJ) present the trophy to both finalist. Malaysia Rugby Union President, YB Dato’ Shahrul Zaman bin Yahya also attended the match.
Photo by Khairol Rizal and Kamarul Azam/ragbionline/CSN