The second round of this year’s Asia Rugby Championship was celebrated by a passionate home crowd at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.
Malaysia, despite falling to a 38-16 defeat to Korea, impressed on home soil and showed great improvement from their 50-12 defeat a week ago in Incheon.
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Korea got off to a strong start scoring two tries in the opening ten minutes through Sungkun Cha and Daeyoung Yang.
But a penalty from Mohd Rahman and a converted try from Amirul Amizan took the hosts level at 10-10.
Captain Kwanyoung Na scored a sensational try down the wing for the visitors before the break and there was still time for a second Rahman penalty as well as a fourth try for Korea.
Hyeonseong Shin secured a bonus point for Korea, as the replacement came on to score with his first touch in international rugby on his debut, leaving the scores at 24-13 at the break.
In the second half Rahman added a third penalty but Namuk Kim and Junhui Lim confrmed the 38-16 win in an enthralling match.
With Brad Mika at the helm and a home crowd to impress Malaysia held their own against the higher ranked Koreans.
For Korea, this was their second win in two and they sit at the top of the ARC standings as they aim to win their first-ever title in this competition.
Both sides now face home and away matches with the reigning champions Hong Kong following a one week break.
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