Preview : Piala Agong MW 2

Muizzuddin Yahaya

11 October 2019 – Match week 1 saw Pahang recorded the biggest win as they trashed Melaka 101 – 0. Another team who hit double digit in try count was Kelantan as they put Kedah to sword with 69 – 0 win in the match that took place at Padang A, UPM. Terengganu got better of Johor in a crucial clash which could be decider in the final standing for Premier. Another 7 match is set to take place in match week 2.

Johor vs Kelantan | Mini Stadium Kota Tinggi
Johor will be wishing to turn thing around as they welcome last year runner-up, Kelantan. Things was not according to plan for Hamrizal Hamdan’s boy last week as they recorded numbers of error against Terengganu which cost them the game. It will be no surprise to see Johor maximise their number 8, Siqeli Qauqua who scored hat-trick in their first game. Kelantan on the other hand will be wishing to continue their fine form. It will be a very young Kelantan line-up this year as they lost number of their key player to another team. They will be wishing for Muhamad Hafizie bin Sudin and his elder brother, Mohamad Syarif Saiful Aazwan bin Sudin to lead Kelantan. Both recorded a try against Kedah with Hafizie contributed 24 points from another 8 conversions and a penalty. Match against Johor will be Kelantan real test as this could be the turning point how far they will advance this year.

Amirul Mukminin excel in his first start for Terengganu

Kedah vs Terengganu | Stadium Suka Menanti
Terengganu passed their first test with flying colour in their match week 1. We expect them to continue their great run in Alor Star as Kedah is expected to struggle. There are too much quality in Terengganu side, represent by number of national team players such as Mohd Syahir Asraf bin Rosli, Amirul Mukminin bin Amizan, Mohamad Khairul Abdillah bin Ramli and Muhammad Sameer bin Muhammad Sani Surinder. Terengganu might be resting numbers of key player against Kedah with Sameer, Lawrance Petrus are likely to start as the duo were rested in match week one. After 0 – 69 defeat to Kelantan in match week 1, we do not see a way back for Kedah, with home advantage is unlikely to give any effect in the match.

Perak vs ATM | Stadium Ragbi Perak
It will be a tight match at Stadium Ragbi Perak as both team collected 4 maximum points on match day 1. They will be gunning for the second win as that will most likely secure their spot in the quarter final. ATM, boosted by the like of Wong Wye Wye (Marc Le) on the wing and Amirul bin Sani who came in as subs in the first week as well as international experience of Pio Tuwai. Perak is certainly in much better shape this year as to compare what they endured in 2018. Their import could be vital as they will need to be in their top game top help young Perak squad to progress.

Negeri Sembilan vs Kuala Lumpur | Kolej Tuanku Jaafar
Both team highly unlucky in their first match with they provide challenge before went down to Perak and ATM respectively. Home advantage could be the key for Negeri Sembilan to edge Kuala Lumpur. Beniamino Vota will be wishing to contribute more point as he is the sole try scorer for Negeri Sembilan at the moment. Kuala Lumpur could be making number of changes as Danial Davidson is expected to start his first match this season after miss out the match week 1 at number 10.

Putrajaya vs Pahang | Padang A, UPM | Live at rotv.ragbionline.com
The match of the week. This will be the real test for Pahang after an outstanding win over Melaka in the first week. Putrajaya is certainly on another level compared to Melaka. Muhammad Harith Iqbal Md Anhar will be wishing to play from the start for Putrajaya after the winger score try hat trick, as he only came in as subs in the match against Selangor. Paula Nayacakalou contributed 25 points from 5 tries for Pahang and that will be a booster for him to face Putrajaya. Mohd Amir Aswad bin Mat Saad will also need to make sure he has his shooting boot on this Saturday. He completed 9 conversions from 15 chance that they have. Only one spot available for Division 2 play-off and this match is the decider in Pool A.

Melaka vs Selangor | SM Sains Muzaffar Syah
This is the match of dignity. Both teams will want to forget the first match as soon as possible and the team management should already be looking for the 2020 season. They should give as much exposure to the squad and prepare them for future.

PDRM vs Pulau Pinang | PULAPOL, Kuala Lumpur
PDRM set to welcome another team from the North after their comfortable win against Perlis in the first week. PDRM has quality in each department with the like of Zulkiflee bin Azmi leading the team. He also scored a hat trick of try against Perlis. Their forward pack is worth to admire as well as Mohd Nurazman Ramli and Mohamad Alif Al-Hafiz Abdul Karim are set to bring their experience with the national team to help PDRM progress. Pulau Pinang is the only team to play for the very first time and they are expected to rely on their two import, Ameniasi Naituyaga Seavula and Manueli Ratuniyawara to match PDRM.

All 7 matches will kick-off at 4.00pm. We will be streaming the match between Putrajaya and Pahang from Padang A, UPM. Streaming will start at 3.50pm.

Online match system at http://rutoor.com/2019-2/2019-piala-agong/

Livestreaming at rotv.ragbionline.com

Photo by Hafiz Hassan. Poster by Malaysia Rugby Union

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