10 August 2017 – The Under 17 teams only have 14 days to prepare for this tournament in total. However, that did not stop them from as they produced outstanding performance in the last two days. After a near perfect first day, Malaysia dig deep as they face much tougher opponents especially in the knock-out round.
Malaysia had a good start on the match day two as they beat United Arab Emirates. The win was expected prior to the match but the big scoreline showed how good they played in the match. 10 players were on the scoresheet as they contributed to the 67 – 0 scoreline. Firdaus Mohd Zahed was the biggest contributor with 17 points. He scored 3 tries as well as a conversion. That huge scoreline made Malaysia as the group A winner, with Chinese Taipei in the second place based on points different.
Thailand who finished second in Group B became the main obstacle for Malaysia in the semi final. The white elephant advantage on physical aspect proved to be the different. They had a great start especially in the first half and rushed to take 21 – lead with 3 tries and 3 conversions. Malaysia had a much better second half and grabbed the only try of the match via Hafiezie Sudin but that proved to be too late. Damage was done in the first half. Thailand through to the final with 21 – 5 win.
Malaysia met the host in the bronze medal match. It was the repeat of the group match which ended all square, 12 – 12. Chinese Taipei had a much better start, with the support of the home crowd, they lead 19 – 0. Malaysia reduced the gap to 19 – 7 at the end of the half. However, it was all about the host in the second half. They added 3 more tries and 3 more conversions. The match ended 40 – 7 to the host as they claimed Bronze on their home soil.
Malaysia ended the tournament in the fourth place. Mohd Shah Izwan was the most outstanding performer as he produced the most try with 7 through out the match. Hafizie Sudin and Amir Ibrahim collected 30 points each.[player_list 5221]
Photos from the NRDP