Malaysia may have suffered two defeats in their opening two Asia Rugby Championship Top 3 matches, but they have won many fans for their performances.
A defeat to Korea and Hong Kong has all but ended their hopes of winning the tournament and continuing their Rugby World Cup 2019 qualification dream but for one player, the experience has been ‘priceless’.
“It was a priceless experience and a privilege to play at the National Stadium,” said full back Muhamad Amirul Aqil Kamsol.
“Plus, it may be a once in a lifetime experience to play with more proper teams at this premier level so it really was incredible.”
Unfortunately for Kamsol he sat watching the second match against Hong Kong after suffering a head injury in the opening match with Korea.
Despite missing the match it gave Kamsol the opportunity to watch his teammates and provide an assessment of their performance.
“Overall I’m really proud of the boys,” explained Kamsol.
“During the first half the boys managed to apply pressure to Hong Kong. What i can say is we improved from our match against Korea.
“During the second half we started to make some easy mistakes and Hong Kong took advantage from that.
“Other than that our fitness level and experience playing at the high level were the factors that allowed Hong Kong to outclass us in the the second half.
“But honestly I’m really proud with the boys. They played with their heart and it makes me really want to return and play again with my teammates for the next two matches.”
The signs are good as well for Kamsol to return in time time for Malaysia’s two away matches, spurred on by a video message of support from none other than Dan Carter.
“Based on assessments, I received some positive feedback from the doctor and I am expected to return for the away matches.
“The message from Dan Carter was so special, it meant a lot to receive that type of support and I am extremely grateful.
“From the previous two matches, we now have to reduce our silly mistakes and improve our structure.
“We also have to retain our possession longer so that we can do something while we attack.”
Malaysia’s next match is on 19 May when they face Korea in Incheon.