Third best for Perak
26 August 2017 – 2016 Champion, Perak finished third in the 2017 Piala Agong as they beat Kedah in the 3rd/4th place match. The match which took place at the Mini Stadium of Gong Badak Sports Complex was as tight as expected with both team went all out. Both teams fired blank in the first 20 minutes of the game as the cancel out one another.
It was as intense as it can get with 2 yellow and a red card shown to the player. Perak only managed to break the deadlock on 19th minutes via Mohd Amir Aswad penalty as Perak lead 3 – 0.
The match only saw the first try of the game at the end of the first half. Winger Mohd Harith Iqbal scored the match first try in the 39th minutes. Amir Aswad added 2 more points from the resulting conversion as Perak extend the lead to 10 – 0 on the verge of half time. The score remained until the end of the half.
Kedah had a much better started as they pushed hard to find a way back into the match. They played with a better intensity and got their reward with 13 minutes into the second half. They close the gap 10 – 7 through the penalty try although they play with a man less after Mohd Nizard Mohd Noor yellow carded 4 minutes earlier.
Mohd Harith Iqbal extended the lead on the 66th minutes for Perak as he converted Perak second penalty but that lead did not last long. Iliesa Lesumaitahiti Tiqe scored try for Kedah with the ever reliable Fairuz Abdul Rahman converted the conversion to add 2 more points. Kedah lead Perak for the first time in the match 14 – 13.
The game was so tight and intense until the last minute of the match. Perak made sure that they got the winner in the 80th minutes as subtitute, Veniona Vukinauguana calmly converted the only drop goal in the match to seal the game.
With both teams keen to make sure that they win the game, there was an incident where Ahmad Syazwan of Kedah yellow carded while Perak prop, Mohd Hakimi received red card late in the game due to unprofesional conduct before the final whistle.
Perak beat Kedah 16 – 14 to finish third to bring back medals and RM 7000.
Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/ragbionline