5 February 2018 – People are still talking about Malaysia vs KL Tigers match, days after that first ever rugby match was played in the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. It was a fantasy for the Malaysia rugby fan to see the sport being played in the majestic stadium. That turned reality thanks to the effort of Malaysia Rugby Union as well as to the Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin.
Malaysia, as expected, overcame local club KL Tigers in that match. The 34 – 5 scoreline did not reflect the through fight shown by KL Tigers with Malaysia needed 15 minutes to settle down before the breakthrough. Vatimi Kenatole wrote his name in the record book as the first ever player to make the try in Bukit Jalil National Stadium.
Amirul Aqil Kamsol had a good day in the office as he converted two conversions as well as a penalty for Malaysia in the first half. Malaysia had their second try in the match through Timoci Vunimoku. Hibiscus, with Amirul Sani as the team captain, comfortably lead Tigers 17 – 0 at the end of the first half.
Lawrence Petrus, Aiman Jamaluddin, and Amin Jamaluddin added 3 more tries for Malaysia as the second half resume. The AirAsia MRL MVP, Fairuz Rahman also wrote his name in the record book as he scored the third conversion for Malaysia. Malaysia made numbers of changes as Lee Nyuk Fah tried to let as many Malaysia players experience playing in that large stadium. That changes, however, made Malaysia lost their momentum and let KL Tigers come back into the game.
The Tigers gave their last effort in the match. The finally scored their only try of the match in the last play. Referee, Mohd Ramadhan Nik Abdullah blew the final whistle as Malaysia recorded the first ever win on Bukit Jalil National Stadium soil. 6000 rugby fans attended the game as Malaysia beat KL Tigers 34 – 5.
Malaysia will face South Korea and Hong Kong in April in the Asia Rugby Championship Premier at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.
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