31 July 2018 – SMK Tun Ismail (STI Knight), from Batu Pahat, conquered Kuching as they won the Under 14 of the KRFC – School 7s category. The Knight overcame Sarawak number 1 school, SMKA Sheikh Haji Othman Abdul Wahab (SHOAW) in the final match.
STI travelled to Kuching with their Under 13 development squad. They choose Kuching as they want to give more exposure to the player as well as a benchmarking visit to top rugby school in Sarawak.
The first day went so well for STI Knight. They finished as the first rank team with 8 points. They won all 3 matches but had to work hard to overcome Kolej Dato Patinggi Abang Haji Abdillah (KDPA) 12 – 10 in the last group match. SHOAW ranked second as they also won all 3 group matches in Pool A.
Both STI and SHOAW cruised into the semi-final with both teams scored 5 tries to beat SM Sains Kuching Utara and KDPA B in the semi-final.
STI exceed their pre-tournament expectation as they book the spot in the final. They trashed MRSM Kuching 24 – 0. SHOAW confirmed the second spot in the final. They had to work hard before the win it 12 – 5 over their rival, KDPA Haji Abdillah.
It was certainly the day for STI as they scored 4 tries in the final match. STI team captain, Akmal Arif bin Hamizan broke the deadlock before 2 tries from Mohd Haiqal Haqimi M. Redhaudeen put the Knight in the driving seat. The winger, Muhammad Haikal bin Abd Razak sealed the match for STI as the won the cup with 20 – 5 scoreline.
“We did not expect to lift the cup in Kuching. I brought the Under 13 teams as I want to give more time to them. SKH School 7s is the 10th tournament that we join and this is the first time we win the cup.” Shared Ahmad Taufiq Abd Rahani, STI teacher and head coach.
The team brought home the cup, balls and medals as well as the RM300 cash money.
SMKA Sheikh Haji Othman Abdul Wahab did get their hand on the cup. The senior team won the Under 18 categories. They overcame MRSM Kuching in the final, winning the cup with 29 – 5 scoreline.
The main prizes were given away by Sarawak Rugby Union president, Richard Song Swee Jin and Kuching Rugby Football Club treasurer, Dick Bentham.
Photos from STI Knight