Women’s team set bronze target
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.