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by tan karr weiphotos by azman ghani
MALACCA’S Politeknik Merlimau Melaka top- ranked entry (PMM A) finally broke their unlucky streak in their fourth cup final appearance at the National Polytechnic Rugby 10s at Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (PSA) in Shah Alam recently.
They overcame homeside’s first team PSA A with 7-0 win to emerge as the winners in the higher education institutions (IPT) category.
PMM A coach Mohd Shafie Osman, 32, said they wanted to put an end to their disappointing run, settling for second in the previous three finals.
“Prior to the recent final, we were victorious in 2009. After finishing as the runners-up at the Jakarta 10s in May, we shifted our focus to concentrate on this tournament. Our players gave their full commitment in training. We are proud of their high level of discipline. They showed excellent fitness throughout the tournament,” he said.
PMM A’s player Mohd Edzuan Manan, 22, complemented the team’s victory by picking up the IPT Best Player award.
“It was not an easy match and the PSA team really put up a good fight. It all boiled down to teamwork and we combined together very well in the final,” he said.
In the clubs’ final, the fitter and faster Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) were ruthless as they went on to thump NS Wanderes 31-0.
MBSA walked away with the RM3,500 cash prize and a trophy.
The clubs’ category Best Player recipient Faridzal Ismail of MBSA said they were surprised with the victory.
“Our initial plan was to defend all the way but the NS Wanderers made a lot of mistakes. We just capitalised on our opponents weaknesses. The import players also helped strengthen our side,” added the 24-year-old Faridzal.
Meanwhile, SM Sains Selangor (SMSS) beat Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) 8-0 to win the cup in the schools contest.
SMSS coach Raja Idris Ali, 53, said their charges were prepared for the competition and were fortunate to be injury-free over the three-day meet.
“Going into the final, we had the advantage because several of the SSTMI’s players were injured,” he said.
RESULTS (all finals)
- Cup: MBSA bt NS Wanderes 31-0
- Plate: Bandaraya Dragon A bt ASAS 7-5
- Bowl: Malay Village by SMS Old Boys 12-10
- Cup: PMM A bt PSA A 7-0
- Plate: UPSI bt Polisas 7-5
- Bowl: Politeknik Ungku Omar bt Politeknik Port Dickson 22-14
- Cup: SMSS bt SSTMI 8-0
- Plate: SMK TTDI Jaya bt SMK Sect 7 Shah Alam 7-0
- Bowl: SMK Sect 19 Shah Alam bt MRSM A 19-5
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