Malaysia lift Asia Rugby U-19 trophy

SERDANG, MALAYSIA (Bernama) – Malaysia defeated United Arab Emirates (UAE) 15-14 to lift the Asia Rugby Under-19 (U19) Championship Men’s Division 2 trophy at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) yesterday.

The national squad collected six points overall and UAE four points after marks from the first match last Sunday – which ended in a 12-12 draw – were added together.

Yesterday’s success allows Malaysia to return to Division 1 next season after their last battle in 2017.

Coach Mohd Farid Syazwan’s team scored two tries, one conversion and one penalty, while UAE only got one try and three penalties.

Malaysia’s two tries were by Ahmad Zulhilmi Azizad in the second and 15th minute, while the conversion in the third minute was by Muhamad Hafiezie Sudin, as well as a penalty in the 24th minute.

UAE’s 14 points were contributed by Justin Brits who scored two penalties in the ninth and 31st minute, while Baptiste Requillart and Alistair Hess succeeded with two tries in the 19th and 52nd minute.

“Although we only had a short time to prepare the team, everyone’s commitment helped us achieve what we desired,” Mohd Farid said.

“The second half was slow and UAE, with its physical edge almost dominated the game, but we fought harder and won the game.”

He said preparations in earnest for Division 1 should begin now for matches scheduled at the end of 2020.

“Division 1 is a higher standard than Division 2, and we need to do early planning to find the best combination,” he said.

Malaysia’s rugby player is challenged by UAE players during their first match of the Asia Rugby Under-19 Championship. PHOTO: BERNAMA