Malaysia get their re­venge

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MALAYSIA are on track to de­fend their Asia Rugby Cham­pi­onship, Divi­sion One ti­tle af­ter they claimed sweet re­venge on the Philip­pines through a 40-8 win in Ipoh, yes­ter­day.

Last year, Malaysia were de­feated 10-15 by the Filipinos in the opener of the 2016 edi­tion but with the win, Malaysia are un­de­feated af­ter two matches and lead the stand­ings with 10 points.

“Over­all they played ex­cep­tion­ally as it was an open-run­ning game,” said Malaysia coach Lee Nyuk Fah.

Af­ter over­com­ing two hur­dles, Nyuk Fah wants his men to bear in mind that the worst is still not over yet as Sri Lanka await them.

“The game against Sri Lanka will be a touch and go game be­cause Sri Lanka are ranked 41 whereas Malaysia are 54, but we are play­ing on home ground and the boys are in re­ally high spir­its and are de­ter­mined to win this cham­pi­onship for the sec­ond time in two years."

Sri Lanka will go into Satur­day’s match against Malaysia un­de­feated as well.

Vere­bula Fereti’s men won their first match 24-13 against the Philip­pines on Sun­day and fol­lowed it up with a 33-17 thumper against UAE yes­ter­day. Farah Azharie

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