Malaysia beat Singapore 17-14 in an enthralling final of the Asia Rugby Men’s Sevens Trophy to make an immediate return to the Sevens Series.
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Having been relegated last season Malaysia were always going to be one of the favourites and they lived up to that billing with four victories across the two days.
Nathan Wong gave Singapore a 7-0 lead but Hazim Nasarrudin continued his fine form across the weekend with Malaysia’s first try in the final adding to two in the 26-0 semi-final victory over Mongolia.
Farhan Amran extended Singapore’s lead to 14-5 at the half-time break but Malaysia put in an experienced display in the second seven minutes to keep their opponents scoreless.
Muhammad Zulhisham Rasli scored immediately after the restart before they turned defence into attack with Nasarrudin scoring a 90-metre length of the field try following a try-saving tackle.
Earlier, Singapore’s Wong scored two tries in their 14-12 victory against Thailand, before the eventual defeat to Malaysia in the final.
Elsewhere, India won the Plate with a 24-14 victory against hosts Indonesia thanks to a hat-trick from Prince Khatri taking his tally to nine for the weekend and leaving him as the top try scorer.
Thailand finished third with a 24-14 defeat of Mongolia with the latter putting in an incredible showing on their sevens debut.
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