Encouraging signs for Singapore
TAG TEAM: Singapore’s Marah Ishraf and Jay-Hykel Jailani looking to disrupt NS Wanderers’ tryscoring at the 69th edition of the Singapore Cricket Club International Rugby Sevens Plate Semi-final match. PHOTO COuRTESY OF SCC 7S
There were some reasons for cheer for the Singapore national rugby sevens team at the Padang yesterday after they broke their duck and won their first match at the SCC Rugby Sevens.
In the Plate quarter-finals, they beat Froggies Sevens Rugby Club from France 7-0 to make it to the semi-finals for the first time.
It could have been even sweeter, but Singapore narrowly missed out on the final after going down 15-12 to Negeri Sembilan Wanderers Rugby Club right at the death in their semi-final clash.
The Singapore Cricket Club later beat Negeri 26-14 to be crowned Plate champions.
Regardless, Singapore captain Marah Ishraf believes his team are on the right track as they aim to improve on last year's bronze medal at next year's South-east Asia (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur.
The 22-year-old said: "It is always a good experience to play against professional opponents.
"We managed to shut out Froggies in the quarter-finals and that was one of our better performances.
"It was disappointing to lose the semis the way we did. To come back from 10-0 down and lead 12-10 before losing right at the end... but we've got to take it on the chin.
"We definitely can still improve in areas such as game awareness, composure and discipline, but it has been a positive tournament for us in the build up to the SEA Games."
Their next big assignment are the two legs of the Asia Rugby Development Sevens Series in February, when Singapore will try to win promotion back into the first division.