10 July 2017 – Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) recorded the biggest win in the Karnival Sukan MASUM 2017 as they trashed Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) 111 – 0 on the first match day. That big win book confirmed UPM place in the quarter-final with one game in hand as they will take on Universiti Malaya (UM) who also beat UMP earlier this evening. That match will decide who sit top of the group A standing.
Powered by numbers of national team players, UPM certainly in their own class. With the like of Muhammad Aliff Al-Hafiz, Muhd Nur Ikhwan, Mohd Nurazman Ramli and Nazuridin Abdul Latif, who played vital part in Malaysia winning the Asia Rugby Championship – Division 1, at their disposal, UPM will certainly be the team to beat in this year tournament. It was a stroll in the park for Angels as they spent most of the playing time camping in UMP’s half. To rub salt to the injury, UPM even have the luxury to test out several of their subs in the second half of the game.
Universiti Teknologi MARA who look most likely to challenge UPM for the tittle has also book their spot in the quarter-final as they recorder two wins out of two. Although they unable to fill in their strongest side due to exam, they still comfartably dispatch Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) 57 – 8, in their first match. It was UniMAP who put the first on the board with a superbly taken penalty. Shocked with the infliction of the first blood, Lions upped their game and make UniMAP paid the price with series of tries.UiTM then overcame their biggest challenge in Group B as they managed to beat International Islamic University (IIUM) this evening 31 – 19. Muhammad Al-Nadzmi, UiTM pack leader as well as their team captain Mohamad Sofian bin Mohd Kamil played vital role as UiTM target to reach the final.
IIUM lead 2016 Piala Agong player of the tournament, Jahangir Khan will now nead to win their last match against UniMAP who already lost their first two matches. They will also be hoping for UiTM to beat Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) in their last final group match.
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) marked their participation in rugby as they win their second consecutive match. UKM first narrowly beat Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) 20 – 15 in the first match. They played magnificently today to overcome Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) 58 – 7. UTM bounced back from the first day dissapoinment as they dominated to beat Universiti Teknikal Malaysia (UTeM) 45 – 0. UTM can sedure their knock out round spot if they can beat UPSI in the final group match.
The top two team from each group will advance to the knockout round with 4 of them will play in the quarter-final while another two will advance straight to semi final. The final match will be play on Saturday at 4.15pm. All the matches take place at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) rugby field.
UPM and UiTM are two big powerhouse as they had won MASUM Rugby 15’s since 2002. UiTM won the tittle 9 straight years from 2004 until 2013 while the rest belong to UPM.
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