UTP’s rugby teams make an impact on pitch


  • Community Sports
  • Friday, 23 Aug 2019

UTP Drillers with Assoc Prof Nor Hisham (centre). The squad won the first runner-up spot in the Under-20 category, in the UTP Super Rugby 10s.

THIS year’s Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) Super Rugby 10s saw the host teams, UTP Drillers emerge as the first runner-up in the Under-20 and first runner-up in Men’s Open, while UTP’s women team, the G-Drillers, clinched the second runner-up spot in the tackle category.

The tournament witnessed the participation of 86 teams with more than 1,300 players involved, making it one of the biggest rugby tournaments in Malaysia.

The teams competed in the Under-14, Under-16, Under-20, Men’s Open, Women’s Tackle and Women’s Touch at the UTP campus in Seri Iskandar, Perak.

The annual competition was open to all secondary schools, private and public higher education institutions, as well as clubs throughout Malaysia such as SM Sains Selangor, SMK Jitra Kedah, Navy ORCA and KL Tigers.

The UTP Super Rugby 10s is aimed at discovering new talents at the school, higher education institution and club level, where players display skills to uphold the pride of their institutions.

The teams battled it out via a round-robin stage on the first day of the tournament before the qualifying teams went up against one another in the knockout stages on the second day.

The finals for the Shield, Bowl, Plate and Cup groups were played in the final day of the tournament.

Malaysian Rugby Union (MRU) president Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya was present, while UTP deputy vice-chancellor (student affairs and alumni) Associate Professor Dr Nor Hisham Hamid was also at the event.

In conjunction with the tournament, UTP Drillers also organised the Get Into Rugby programme aimed at nurturing the rugby culture and inspire more children to pick up rugby as a sport.

About 252 schools from all over Perak, with the age range of seven to 17 years took part in the programme.

Among the schools were SK Tronoh, SK Kerian, MRSM Parit and MRSM Pasir Salak. Students were trained by two MRU trainers and 35 UTP Driller squad members.

This was the fifth series of UTP Super Rugby 10s. It proves the university’s commitment in producing well-rounded global graduates who are not only academically excellent but are creative and agile to face real-life challenges.

Established in 1999, UTP Drillers has accomplished notable achievements both locally and internationally. To-date, the Drillers are the number one rugby team among private institutions in Malaysia after winning last year’s Malaysian Private Institutions Sports Council (Masiswa) 15s Rugby Championship.

Other achievements include Prince of Songkla University Haytai 7 International 2018 (Champion Plate), Perak State Rugby League 2018 (first runner Cup), Voksis 7s National 2017 (Champion Plate), Isa Abas 7s

2016 (State Champion Plate), Mahyudin 7s 2016 (State Champion Bowl).

The team were also awarded the 2019 Best Sports Team by Masiswa. The UTP Drillers will compete in the Rugby Super 8 IPT, featuring the eight best higher education institution teams in Malaysia later this month.
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