25 July 2018 – Johor Sports School Tun Hussein Onn (THOR) announce their arrival as the new powerhouse in Johor as they lift the MSS Johor Under 15s for the very first time. They brake the domination of SMK Sri Mersing and English College, the top two schools who always challenge for the title at the national level.
THOR cruised on the first day, sending an early signal as they demolished SMK Bandar Easter and SMK Pasir Gudang 3 with 32 – 0 and 38 – 0 scoreline. They scored another 6 tries in the playoff which was played at night as they overcame SMK Kelapa Sawit 36 – 0.
The school which is under the Johor Rugby Union Development Program continue to excel in the quarter-final match. SMK Bandar Mas unable to stop THOR as they scored 5 tries in the 31 – 0 win.
It was all to play for in the semi-final as THOR faced 2017 champion, Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar (EC). Both teams played their best rugby and were so tight as they went into the half-time break at 0 – 0 scoreline. Asrin b Azman became the hero as he completed the penalty kick to send THOR into the final.
SMK Sri Mersing also had a wonderful journey before the final. 2 wins out of 2 in the group stage followed by 45 – 0 thumping win over MRSM Batu Pahat in the play-off. SM Sains Johor broke SMK Sri Mersing line for the first time in the tournament but unable to stop them from advancing to the semi-final as they lost to Mersing with 7 – 14.
SMK Sri Mersing faced SM Sains Batu Pahat in the semi-final which saw the school from Mersing book the final spot with 10 – 0 win.
Things did not get easy for SMK Sri Mersing as they were without their head coach, Zulkifli bin Md Amin who was rushed to the hospital after he suffered illness on the first day of the tournament.
THOR, with creating a brand new history in their mind, was certainly well prepared for the final match. On the other side, SMK Sri Mersing was wishing to go one step better from what they did in 2017 after they suffered defeat to the English College in the final.
14 years old Ammar Rishdan set the early tone in the final match with the first try. THOR double the scoreline via Danny Iskandar Sahrudin’s try before he himself gave the extra 2 points from resulting conversion. SMK Sri Mersing closed the gap with their own try as they went into the halftime with 12 – 5 scoreline in favour of THOR.
Muhamad Yusri Sadiq Yusof made sure THOR continue to dominate as he scored THOR third try. Azrin Azman made it 19 – 5 with another conversion. THOR sealed the title as they were awarded a penalty try, with minutes to go. THOR won the MSS Johor Under 15 as they overcame SMK Sri Mersing 27 – 5.
Photos from THOR