It is 2 for 2 for KL Saracens U11s in Johor in 2015
KL Saracens toured to Johor in April 2015 and the U11s were buoyed by the opportunity to play rugby sevens on a full sized pitch and the success as the Cup champion of the inaugural Kejohanan Ragbi JRU 7s 2015 (sempena Kemahkotaan DYMM Sultan Johor). The opportunity to compete well at the Mini Rugby Milo Johor Sevens Rugby Challenge u11 2015 (as part of the Johor Rugby Carnival 2015) was not missed.
The tournament took place at Padang MPPG Pasir Gudang, Johor. KL Saracens were placed in Group D with 4 other teams and played at Pitch E, together with Group E and selected matches from Group C. The format of play was 2 halves of 7 minutes with a one-minute break.
KL Saracens started its campaign on 15 August 2015 at 9.00 a.m. against Team Hagetaka of Kedah. A slow start saw the boys immediately behind by a super-try. The team gathered poise and matched the super-try, but again Hagetaka crossed our chalk to lead 14-7 at half-time. A more focused second half saw KL Saracens coming through winners 19-14. Shaky start!
The second match was a comfortable win 31-5 against a Johor based Team SPRC and followed by a 38-7 results from the third match vs Bukit Beruang Rugby Club. The last match for the day ended with a 42-0 win against SK Kangkar Pulai 2.
The boys were ranked 3 for the knock-out stages behind Sahabat of Sabah, and Kings of Johor. Hagetaka came through as the 6th ranked and looked a chance, again, against the boys.
On Sunday, the boys worked very hard and led comfortably to close the Cup quarter-final match vs Hagetaka 22-7. KL Saracens then played the 7th ranked team (which had upset 2nd rank) and came out winners 25-5.
On to the cup final, which was played at Pitch A (the ARFU pitch) in front of guests of honour and seniors from around the country and Asia. The boys promised not to be overwhelmed by the occasion and true to promise, kept composure to move the ball up field. KL Saracens ran out 29-0 winners against Ranked 4 Team Wallagos of Johor, as the Cup Winners of the Mini Rugby Milo Johor Sevens Rugby Challenge u11 2015!
1. J Brown
2. L Azman (V Capt)
3. K Yusri
9. H A B Hamdi
10 A D Mahummar Gadaffi Oma
12. M S A Mohd Nazri (Captain)
15. D Harvey
16. H A Affendy
17. H Y Chai
21. M M Hazmi
Well done team!
Well done boys!
The under 14 squad had a tougher weekend with three losses in the pool. After a first up loss on Sunday morning – only just missing out to a last play try, despite gifting the opposition three tries in the first few minutes of the 1st half – the boys showed great spirit to recover and win their last two matches comprehensively. Plenty to work on ahead of SEMASHUR 10s in two weeks!