SEA Games: Malaysia bag first ever rugby gold

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has won the country's first ever gold in the SEA Games rugby sevens competition.

Malaysia, the silver medallist at the 2015 Singapore SEA Games, played their hearts out to beat Singapore 22-7 in the final at the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Stadium in Kelana Jaya.

Malaysia made four tries and one conversion while Singapore had one try and one conversion.

More than 10,000 fans were on hand to cheer the Malaysian team.

National coach Saizul Hafifi Mohd Noor praised his team for the splendid performance in the final.

"I am thrilled with the team's efforts as we finally clinched the elusive gold in SEA Games rugby," said Saizul.

The Malaysian women's team also won their first ever medal by edging the Philippines 7-5 for the bronze medal.

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