Johor justify favourite tag
18 July 2018 – Johor lifted the Perlis Royal 7s Under category after three outstanding performance in the second day of the tournament. Being touted as one of the favorite team to grab the gold medal by rugby fan in Malaysia for the upcoming SUKMA 2018, Johor showed their determination and excel on the KV Arau field.
Things, however, did not go as planned for them on the first day. They only finished third after the defeat to Terengganu 17 – 7 in the last match group match. The collected six points from the other two match defeating Wilayah 17 – 12 and the host Perlis 21 – 12.
Johor recovered well and started the second day on high with a dominant 17 – 0 win over Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports (SSTMI) School, the team they lost to in the Melaka 7s final match. Johor got the redemption over Terengganu in the semi-final as they beat the team from East Malaysia 14 – 12 to book the final spot.
Kedah journey in Perlis Royal 7s did not go as smooth as they wish as SSTMI edged them via a single try in the second match. They previously overcame Perak 5 – 0 and book the top spot in Pool B with 12 – 0 win over Sabah.
The second day started well for them, confidently dispatch the host Perlis 22 – 5 before they book the second final spot with the win over Wilayah.
It was all to play for in the final but Johor had an extra cutting edge as they scored 3 tries and completed all the conversion. Try from Sufi Hafizuddin, Rozaihan Roslee and Muhammad Daniel Amir give the title to Johor with 21 – 14 win over Kedah
It will be interesting to see the upcoming SUKMA as all teams seem well balanced. The win for Johor should boost their confidence they need come to the SUKMA soon.
Photos by Aiman Farhan/Ragbionline