DON’T GET BIG-HEADED

Coach tells play­ers the job is not done yet

New Straits Times - - Sport -

RE­PORTS BY FARAH AZHARIE fara­hazharie@nst.com.my

LEE Nyuk Fah doesn’t want last Sun­day’s Asian Rugby Cham­pi­onship (Di­vi­sion One) win against United Arab Emi­rates (UAE) to get to his men’s heads as it is too early to cel­e­brate.

“The team’s spirit is al­ways high but we al­ways have to be wary as our job is not done yet, even af­ter the first match,” said the coach of the na­tional men’s 15s team.

He said the Philip­pines could pose a se­ri­ous threat in Malaysia’s next match.

“The rhythm and pat­tern of play is the same as UAE’s. They use their phys­i­cal build and for­ward play be­cause they seem heav­ier.

“We will need to re­duce in­di­vid­ual mis­takes such as ball han­dling and play ac­cord­ing to the struc­ture and game plan.”

Nyuk Fah said winger Adzmir Zanul Abidin will be re­placed with Muham­mad Amir Aqil Kam­sol af­ter Adzmir suf­fered a con­cus­sion dur­ing the first match against UAE.

Fairuz Abd Rah­man and Sya­bil Laila are also side­lined due to injuries, and will be re­placed by Wan Mo­ham­mad As­raf and Sae Faalu­pega.

Malaysia are on a mis­sion to de­fend their Di­vi­sion One ti­tle and pre­pare for the World Cup 2019 qual­i­fiers.

Ranked 55th in the world, Malaysia ended UAE’s three-match un­beaten run last Sun­day with a 36-22 win in the open­ing match.

Fairuz Abd Rah­man clear­ing the ball from the ruck against UAE.

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