17 May 2017 – Malaysia finally got their revenge they wanted as they overcame resilient Philippines in the day two of Asia Rugby Championship in Ipoh. Philippines beat Malaysia in the opening match of 2016. They set to repeat the same script over the host as they dominate the early exchange before Malaysia got the breakthrough on the 19th minutes.
Sakiusa Terence Gavidi scored the first try for Malaysia after they take a quick throw in which caught the Philippines off guard. Wan Mohammad Asyraf on his debut for Malaysia added 2 more points from a successful conversion on the 19th minutes.
Philippines took the initiative to close the gap through penalty. Timothy Bwehini calmly scored the penalty to make it 7 – 3. Syarif Nurhidayat extended the lead as he finished a great run by Sakiusa Terence Gavidi through the middle of Philippines defence for Malaysia second try as Malaysia lead 12 – 3.
Malaysia Prop, Amirul Sani scored Malaysia third try as he perfectly time run to take full advantage from Malaysia captain, Syahir Asraf kick. Malaysia lead Philippines 17 – 3 on the half hour mark.
Wan Mohammad Asyraf extended Malaysia lead to 20 – 3 as he took full advantage from the penalty. Wong Wye Wye then added 5 more points from Malaysia as he stole the ball and ran from Malaysia own half to give Malaysia the 4th try. Malaysia comfortably lead 20 – 3 at the end of the first half.
Malaysia continue the assault in the second half and managed to add 3 more points via another Asyraf penalty kick.
Philippines finally managed to grab their first try on the 50th minutes through no Justin Coverney as their good work open up space on the far side 10 minutes into the second half. Philippines continue to pressure Malaysia and kept the host in their own half but Malaysia kept their discipline well and stop the volcanoes attack.
Amirul Sani produced another great run before he passed it to Sakiusa Terence Gavidi who opened the chance for Mohammad Aiman Jamaluddin to score Malaysia 5th try.
Dinesvaran Krisnan rewarded Malaysia fans when he scored Malaysia 6th try on the last play of the match. Mohammad Amirul Aqil made sure Malaysia won in style as he ended the match by adding 2 more points. Malaysia beat Philippines 40 – 8.
Malaysia will face Sri Lanka in the final match of the tournement to decide the champions for Division 1.
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