Sil­ver Gau­rus fi­nally shine

New Straits Times - - Sport - Farah Azharie

SIL­VER Gau­rus won the AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League ti­tle for the first time on Sun­day.

Coach Mo­hamad Nazeer Mo­hamed Ne­sharah’s team de­feated Angkatan Ten­tera Malaysia (ATM) JLJ 33-20 in their fi­nal Divi­sion One match.

Sil­ver Gau­rus at­tacked early with two con­sec­u­tive tries by scrum half Mo­hamad Nor Adol with con­ver­sions by full­back Muham­mad Harith Iqbal Muhamad An­har. Harith made it 19-0 with a try in the 15 min­utes

JLJ got on the score­board through an un­con­verted try by prop Lailatul No­ra­zlee Shaari and a penalty by Farid Ah­mad just be­fore the sec­ond half.

Prop Shafee Burhanalis con­tin­ued the scor­ing for Sil­ver Gau­rus with two back-to-back tries and ended the day with a traf­fic run by flanker Muhamad Alif Mohd Anuar to take home the win­ners’ cheque for RM3,000 and a pro­mo­tion to next sea­son’s Pre­mier League.

In Divi­sion Two, Lu­mut-based Orca Navy emerged as vic­tors af­ter their nar­row 12-10 win over Tereng­ganu Rugby Team (TRT).

But it was TRT who were first up on the score­board when they were awarded a penalty af­ter just eight-min­utes of play.

How­ever, a con­verted try by Orca’s lock Khairil Mizan Ishak put the navy team ahead 7-3.

An un­con­verted try by Mohd Sai­ful Izwan Rosli saw Orca at 123 just be­fore half time.

A last ditch at­tempt by TRT’s Muhamad Fad­hil Mohd Saufi (un­con­verted try) in the 35th minute was not enough as Orca walked away with RM2,000 in prize money.

The Pre­mier League semi-fi­nals will be on March 25 where Mers­ing Ea­gles will take on ASAS RC, and Keris Con­lay will meet Univer­siti Te­knologi Mara (UiTM) Lions.

PIC BY AZLEY KAS­SIM

Sil­ver Gau­rus’ Mo­hamad Zul­fadhli Zainal Abidin (cen­tre) fends off ATM JLJ play­ers in their AirAsia Malaysia Rugby League Divi­sion One match on Sun­day.

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