KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia hired top All Blacks coach Bradley Mika Moni to prepare a strong team for the Asia Rugby Championship Premier Division tournament.
But it was still not enough as the world No. 45 were no match for South Korea (No. 30) when they were trounced 52-14 at the Namdong Asiad Stadium in Incheon yesterday.
Last year, under local coach Lee Nyuk Fah, Malaysia put up a strong challenge against the Koreans before going down 35-10 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Malaysia, led by K. Dinesvaran, started off well with a try in the 20th minute through Lawrence Petrus. Mohd Fairuz Abdul Rahman made the conversion to take a 7-0 lead.
Despite powered by five naturalised Fijians, Malaysia failed to extend their lead in the first-half.
Instead, the visitors defence collapsed as their opponents went on to dominate the match with eight tries and six conversions.
Malaysia managed to score another try in the second-half through Wong Wye Wye while Muhd Amirul Aqil Kamsol converted.
Malaysia have a chance to make amends when they host the Koreans at the National Stadium on May 25.