MALAYSIA LIFTS CRESCENT CUP AFTER BEATING ALGERIA IN FINAL
CRESCENT CUP: MALAYSIA 16 – ALGERIA 11
Malaysia won the inaugural Crescent Cup after defeating Algeria 16-11 in the final. The host nation claimed the victory after a hard fought match against Algeria at the Merlimau Polytech field in Malacca.
Algeria took the lead after five minutes into the match through Yassine Saaoui. Malaysia did not back down despite facing the physically bigger Algerian player. They held on and took advantage of every mistakes made by the opponent. Mohamad Syrie Saiful Sudin scored three penalties in the 14th, 19th and 36th minutes to give Malaysia a 9-5 half time lead.
Algeria came back after the break with better approach. They were more careful to avoid from conceding more penalties. In return, the Algerian got two penalties scored by Boris Bouhraoua to take over the lead with 11-9.
Malaysia, backed by the home supporters, switched to play their wings as the game approaching the final ten minutes. Mohamad Aiman Jamaludin ran wide for a try in the 69th minute to put Malaysia back in front. Mohamad Syrie did not make mistake with the conversion, and Malaysia were on the brink of glory.
Two minutes before the end, Mohamad Syrie sealed the title for Malaysia after scoring another penalty. It is Malaysia’s second successive victory under coach Lee Nyuk Fah after the Asian Rugby Championship DII triumph in May.
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