11 August 2019 – Malaysia 7s team secured the Asia Rugby 7s Trophy today as they produced stunning second half display to overcome Singapore. Malaysia won the final 17 – 14 as two second half tries sealed the trophy for Malaysia.
The first day started well for Malaysia. They dismantled another South East Asia country, Laos in 2 Group D matches. Malaysia and Laos met twice as they there were only 2 nations in that group.
Malaysia scored 6 tries in the first match as they beat Laos 36 – 0 in the first match. They improved in the second match, smashing the Laos with 8 tries. Amalul Hazim scored hat trick of try while Azwan Zuwairi contributed 17 points with a try and 6 conversions.
The surprise package of the tournament, Mongolia did their best to stop Malaysia in the Semi Final. Malaysia came on top in that match, as they completed 4 tries and 3 conversions to book the spot in the final. Singapore made sure it will be the repeat on 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games final as they overcame Thailand 14 – 12 in the other semi final.
Singapore came in racing and took an early lead through Amran Farhan in the very first minute of the match. They lead 7 – 0 as Marah Israf completed the conversion. Amalul Hazim make sure Malaysia stay in contention as Malaysia close the gap to 5 – 7 but Singapore managed to extend the lead before the end of the final first half whistle via Nathan Wong try. Marah Israf continue his fine form as Singapore lead 14 – 5.
Malaysia took control as the second half started and their work paid of with Zulhisham Rasli scored Malaysia second try. The defining moment of the match came in the 4th minute of second half as Siddiq Jalil produced the tackle of the tournament, as he stop Singapore a meter away from the try line. That resulting a turnover which saw Amalul Hazim produced the try of the tournament, running from Malaysia 5 meter line and scored Malaysia 3rd try. Malaysia lead 17 – 14 and the scoreline remained until the end.
Amalul Hazim sits second on the try list with 8, one behind Price Khatri from India who has 9. Azwan Zuwairi lead the conversion list with 11 converted conversion
The Trophy will see Malaysia immediate returns to Asia Rugby 7s Series in 2020 after they relegated in 2018.
Saizul Hafifi’s boys succesfully tick one item in their bucket list and this should be a great confident booster for the boys as they aim to retain the Gold Medal in the 2019 SEA Games which will take place in Manila by the end of this year.
Photos courtesy of Asia Rugby.