SIBU Rugby Union (SRU) continued to maintain their supremacy when they easily swept aside Kuching Rugby Union (KRU) to retain the annual SRU President’s Cup in the final at SMK Sacred Heart in Sibu on Sunday. It was their 33rd win in succession since the inauguration of the competition in 1977.
Except for a couple of times when KRU managed to break their dominance, SRU controlled the match for the greater part of the game.
In the semi-final on Saturday, it was easy sailing for SRU when they overcame Kuching Polytechnic 77-5.
The final was expected to be a touch-and-go affair.
However, it turned out to be rather drab and one-sided as the SRU steam-rolled KRU 80-5.
In the second semi-final on Saturday, KRU put aside gritty Miri Rugby Union 15-12.
In the play-off for third-fourth position, Miri defeated Kuching Polythenic.
SRU secretary Jim Lee accompanied by Negri Sembilan Rugby Union president Abdul Jalil Bohanudin gave away the prizes to the winners at Beijing Restaurant on Sunday night.
Lee said: “SRU were still head and shoulder over the other teams as most of their players had been together for a number of years. Our players are very committed and passionate about the game.”
He noted that KRU and Miri had a mix of old and new players.
“Due to the integration of these old and new players, they still need time to work as one unit. The teams also still lack exposure,” he added.
As for the Kuching Polytechic team, Lee said they were formed only recently.
“You can’t really play as a team that was formed over two or three weeks ago,” he lamented.
Sacred Heart Secondary School former principal Brother Albinus OFlaherty kicked-off the competition on Saturday.