Rugby: Malaysia Division 1 Champs, ARC ‘Play-off’ Next

KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 (Bernama) — Malaysia proved their mettle by winning the 2016 Asian Rugby Championship (ARC) Division 1 title at the Royal Selangor Club, here, Saturday.

As champions of ARC Division 1, Malaysia qualify for the play-off match of the 2016 ARC next month involving the champions of Division One and the bottom team in the ARC.

To date, after two rounds of ARC matches, Japan are in the top position with 10 points, followed by Hong Kong (five points) and South Korea (two points).

National coach, Lee Nyuk Fah said, as coach, he believed the players must be exposed to high level matches to ensure their performance would continue to rise.

“The decision to send the team to the ARC play-off match was made by the Malaysian Rugby Union (MRU) but as coach I suggest we send the team for exposure.

“I believe playing at a more competitive level will enable the Malaysian players to experience what it entails to excel at that level,” he told reporters after the match.

In the ARC Division 1 final, Malaysia who were initially trailing 0-6, succeeded in leading Singapore 11-6 in the first half with two penalty points by Mohamad Syarif Saiful Aazwan Sudin and a try by Mohd Aazmir Zanul Abdin.

In the second half, Malaysia appeared more energetic and confident after four tries to clinch a 40-20 win over Singapore.

Malaysia, who collected 11 points, started shakily and lost to Philippines 10-15 on Sunday but rose from ignominy with a large victory over Sri Lanka (42-17) on Wednesday.

The competition format offered three points for a win, draw two points and and one bonus point for more than four tries and also one bonus point for winning with a seven goal difference.