23 July 2018 – Sabah OSCA Warriors RC produced an outstanding performance and brought out the very best from Malaysia 7s team in the final of Song Kheng Hai – Memorial Cup 2018. Malaysia lifted the title, winning the match by a single point.
Malaysia matches the expectation by winning the tournament but they were forced to work hard by the club from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah until the final whistle.
Malaysia 7s did not have much problem in reaching the final. They comfortably grab the top of the Pool A with 5 wins with 20 maximum points. They have an average of 6 tries in each group matches.
Sabah Osca Warriors RC matches what Malaysia did as they also grab 20 maximum points from all 5 matches. They scored 125 points in total from 19 tries and 15 conversions. Their biggest win came in the last match as Sabah OSCA trashed Warriors Old Boys RC 40 – 5.
Malaysia 7s team book the final spot with another spectacular win over ATM team in the semi-final. They scored 6 tries in the process to beat the ATM 34 – 5. Sabah OSCA overcame the young Sabah team in another semi-final. Sabah OSCA recovered after SUKMA Sabah scored the first try of the match in the first minute to beat them 17 – 7.
It’s all to play for in the final match with RM5000 was up for grab for the champion. Malaysia takes an early lead through Azwan Zuwairi try. The lead didn’t last long as OSCA level the score through Taniela Talivarua try in the third minute. 2 more points from the resulting conversion by Joseph Gordon gave the lead to OSCA. The score remained until the end of the half.
Azwan Zuwairi gave the lead for Malaysia 7s 2 minutes into the second half. Malaysia took full advantage when Sabah OSCA was reduced to six players as Wilmer Wilfredoline received a yellow card. Mohammad Ameer Nasrun scored the third try for Malaysia. Sakuisa Terence Gavidi broke from OSCA own half and run all the way to score OSCA second try with Joseph Gordon completed the second conversion. It was a little too late for OSCA to rescue the match as the referee blow the final whistle. Malaysia 7s lifted the title with 15 – 14 win over Sabah OSCA Warriors.
The final match attracted VIPs as YB Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman bin Hamzah, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Ghani bin Abdul Ghani, Patron Sarawak Rugby cum State Secretary of Sarawak, Lt Gen Datuk Stephen Mundaw, Panglima Medan Timur, Mej Gen Dato Toh Choon Siang, Panglima 1 Divisyen Infantri Malaysia, Datuk Haji Abang Abdul Wahap bin Hj Abang Julai, Dr Ong Kong Swee, CEO, Sarawak Sports Corporation, Mr Hii Chang Kee, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak, Dato Shahrul Zaman bin Yahya, President Malaysia Rugby, all spend their Sunday evening to watch the game.
YB Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman bin Hamzah, Minister of Tourism presented the Cup, Medals and cash prize to the winner.
Photos from SKH 7s admin.