23 January 2018 – Univeristi Putra Malaysia (UPM) saw the biggest rugby community gathering last weekend as more than 200 teams joined the National Rugby Development Carnival (NRDP). Teams from all over Malaysia took part in 13 categories from the Under 11 to Under 17 age group for both girls and boys.
Johor rugby is the biggest winner for the festival. They showed their power by winning 6 out of 13 categories. Johor Sports School, SMK Tun Hussein Onn (THOR) won 2 categories. THOR Under 13 team is miles ahead of the other team as they strolled until the final. They even win the final match with ease as they overcame Bengals RC by a fine margin, 31 – 0. THOR secured their second title as their Under 14 teams trashed STJ 31 – 0 in the Under 14 final.
English College won the Under 15 title. EC overcame Victoria Institution 10 – 0 to secure the title. Their Under 14 brother also have an impressive tournament as they finish third as they got better of SMK King Edward 7 from Perak.
SK Permas Jaya of Johor Bharu won the Under 11 category. They won it by a single try as they beat SK Bison in the final.
Girls team from Johor also had a good outing. They won two out of 4 women categories in touch rugby during the NRDP. MRSM Johor Bharu showed their good handling as they beat Tunku Khursiah 1 – 0 in the final. SMK Pulai Perdana lifted the Under 17 Touch Rugby title as they overcame SMK Taman Kosas 1 – 0 in a closely contested final.
School, club as well as state development teams were also in action during the weekend. Johor won two out of three titles in the Rembau 7s which took place at the KV Dato’ Lela Maharaja.
Johor Under 21 who are preparing for the upcoming SUKMA Perak later this year got the perfect preparation tournament. They beat Negeri Sembilan Under 21 team to win the Rembau 7s Under 21. Johor overcame Negeri Sembilan 21 – 7.
Their younger brother secured the Rembau 7s Under 19. Johor Under 19, the development team for SUKMA Johor 2020, shocked top-seeded team, Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail in the final. They beat SSTMI 19 – 12 in the final.
Photos by Muizzuddin Yahaya and Zainuddin Mamat/Ragbionline