20 November 2017 – No team can match Johor Rugby Academy physical and speed in the Melaka Under 16 15s Invitational Tournament. It was all about JRA from the beginning. Under the management of Mr. Najmulhuda, they showed their well-drill tactical and discipline to dismantle their opponent at the Padang Kolej Vokasional Melaka Tengah.
Powered by five players, Md Hazim Nor Ismail, Md Faiq Aslah, Md Arief Duharis, Ahmad Zulhilmi and Noor Hidayad who represented Malaysia 7s Under 16 during the Cockburn 7s, JRA certainly in their own class. They showed no mercy as they put Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah (KISAS) to the sword with 70 – 0 win in their first match.
JRA strolled past Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi Kubang Pasu (IKUPS) in the second match. They started strongly to score 3 early tries to comfortably lead in the first half. With the game in hand, they made numbers of changes but still managed to add points as they beat IKUPS 22 – 0.
KL Saracens unable to provide any trouble for the hot favorite. JRA finished the group stage on fire with 85 – 0 win over the Kuala Lumpur based team to keep their 100% record.
Players from SMK Seri Mersing and Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar who have been dominating the Under 16 tournament all over Malaysia certainly created a very strong foundation for Johor Rugby Academy. Under the guidance of their head coach, Mr. Abdul Hanis Mokhta, they faced no trouble in the semi-final, as they trashed Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi Jempol (INTEJ) 43 – 0.
It was the rematch in the final as IKUPS shocked tournament host, Melaka Juniors in the semi-final. IKUPS scored last-minute try and conversion to beat Melaka Junior 19 – 17 to advance to the final. Melaka Juniors unable to repeat their win over INTEJ during the group match. INTEJ finished third as they scored 4 tries to beat host 20 – 17.
IKUPS gave everything they got in the final but Johor Rugby Academy proved to be just way too strong for them. JRA pack leader, Mohammad Hazim Nor Ismail drove the team forward as they scored 8 tries and 7 conversions in the final. JRA dismantled IKUPS 54 – 0 in the final to lift the trophy. To make it sweeter, JRA did not let any team got pass them throughout the championship.
Melaka Rugby Union presidents, Mr Hameed Bin M. K Basheer was at the match to present the championship trophy to Johor Rugby Academy captain, Mohammad Faiq Aslah.