With the first match of the 2019 Asia Rugby Championship done and dusted, Korea head into match two following a bonus point win over Malaysia.
The two sides now travel to Kuala Lumpur for the second round before both sides face Hong Kong at home and away.
Korea scored eight tries through eight different players in the win, and will be buoyed by the result ahead of the match on Saturday.
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“We came into the match expecting it was going to be tough,” said head coach Seo Chunoh.
“We didn’t have a lot of time to prepare and we struggled with our game plan early.
“But the boys stuck with it and we got the result we wanted in the end, and we were able to improve so it was a satisfying result.”
For Malaysia, they were much improved from the same meeting 12 months ago and will head into their first home match of this year’s Championship feeling confident of putting on a good show for the home crowd.
Brad Mika was taking charge of his first ARC match as Malaysia head coach and he acknowledges there is more to work on ahead of round two.
“We played well in different facets of our game,” said Mika.
“But we made it hard for ourselves. We went away from the systems and it made it hard to create opportunities.
“Credit to Korea, they played the physical game and were able to then find space out wide. For us it is a learning curve, and we have another crack at it next week at home.”
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