Malaysia Upset Sri Lanka 42-17 To Top Table Asia
KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 (Bernama) -- Malaysia proved itself as a serious contender in the 2016 Asia Rugby Championship (ARC) Division 1 after upsetting Sri Lanka 42-17, today.
In the four nation league, Malaysia ranked 60th in the world gained five points from the big win against the 37th ranked team at the Royal Selangor Stadium in Bukit Kiara, here.
Promoted to tier two of the Asian rugby after emerging champion in tier three last year, Malaysia now top the table on goal difference to edge the Philippines who also have six points.
This was also possible when there was an upset in the championship when Singapore edged the Philippines 28-24 in an earlier match, which threw the race wide open.
For national coach Lee Nyuk Fah, the win was achieved with his players' hunger and determination to remain in Division 1 after losing 10-15 to the Philippines in the opening match on Sunday.
The home side, started well by leading 10-0 till the 10th minute through Mohd Syarif Saiful Aazwan Sudin's penalty as well as his conversion after Mohd Syahir Asraf Rosli's try until Sri Lanka reduced the deficit to 10-3 through a try from Riza Mubarak.
Malaysia led 20-10 into the break before outclassing Sri Lanka 42-17 at the end.
The format offers three points for a win, draw two points and one bonus point for more than four try and one bonus point for winning with more than seven score difference, Sri Lanka is now in third place with five points while Singapore are last with four points.
In the last match, Malaysia will face Singapore while the Philippines host Sri Lanka.
The champion of the group will play in a two leg playoff match against the last placed team in the top tier, Asia Top 3 division to have a chance of featuring in the Top Division next year, while the worst team will be relegated to Division 2.
Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea are currently in the Top 3 division.