Women’s team set bronze tar­get

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MALAYSIAN women’s rugby sev­ens coach Nik Sa­fuan Is­made Nik Man is aim­ing for the bronze medal at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games de­spite the team be­ing made up of nearly all new faces.

“We are mov­ing in the di­rec­tion of ab­sorb­ing new and young play­ers.

“There are a few from dif­fer­ent sports such as hockey, mar­tial arts, fut­sal and net­ball and safe to say, about 90 per cent of them are just get­ting to know rugby,” he said.

“It’s a fair tar­get con­sid­er­ing at the last Sea Games, we came in fourth.”

Sup­plied with play­ers who have less than a year of rugby ex­pe­ri­ence, Nik Sa­fuan ad­mits it will not be an easy feat be­cause they are drawn to face teams that are far more ad­vanced in women’s rugby devel­op­ment such as Thai­land, Sin­ga­pore and the Philip­pines.

How­ever, Nik Sa­fuan is con­vinced the women’s team will ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions, es­pe­cially with the pres­ence of their se­cret weapon, Keda­han Nor­fara­hana Aziz.

“Nor­fara­hana has a high level of dis­ci­pline, is a fast learner, one of those play­ers who can run re­ally fast and has the phys­i­cal strength for the game.”

The team's prepa­ra­tions are well un­der­way af­ter com­ing in third at the Women’s Sev­ens Chal­lenge Tro­phy in Laos last month.

The team will head to San­dakan for the Bor­neo Sev­ens that on Mar 18-19.

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