By Syifarida Muhamad Zaki
Photo by Marina Ismail
SERDANG, Nov 22- Serdang Angels of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) emerged champion in the 2015 Super 8 Rugby Tournament of Higher Learning Institutions), retaining the championship title it won last year.
In the final at UPM Stadium here, the flying Serdang Angels easily defeated MSP Hornets, a team from the Malaysian Polytechnic Sports Council, 53-0.
UPM Serdang Angels displayed an organized play by taking full control of the game right from the start, leading with 20-0 in the first half. It continued making strides, sending the crowd to their feet in the second half.
In last year’s championship, UPM Serdang Angels beat IIUM Mustangs from the International Islamic University of Malaysia in the final.
UPM Serdang Angels Coach, Khairizal Ali Amat said strong understanding between senior and new players in their attacks and defences had contributed to their victory.
“Their performances were better and stronger as compared to when they won 34-17 against MSP Hornets in the early stage at the team level,” he said.
With the victory, UPM Serdang Angels received a championship trophy, accompanying trophies, RM5,000 cash and medals.
MSP Hornets walked away with RM3,000 cash and medals while UiTM Lions in third placing received RM1,000 cash and medals and UTM Bronco, in the fourth place, received the plaques.
UPM Serdang Angels also swept clean the best player awards when Mohamad Nazreen Fitri Nasrudin was picked as the best “backs”, Muhamad Tajul Ariff Kadir the best ‘forwards’ and Mohamad Syarif Saiful Azwan Sudin the overall best player of the match.
Higher Education Ministry Sports Division Chief, Tony Azman Hassan, was present to witness the final and give away the prizes.
Sekolah Pengajian Siswazah
Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 UPM Serdang
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia