UTP rugby teams finish runners-up in national tournament

Last update: 07/08/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 (Bernama) -- This year’s Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) Super Rugby 10s saw the host’s teams, UTP Drillers emerged as the first runner up in the under-20, first runner up in men’s open while UTP’s women team, the G-Drillers clinched the second runner up spot in the tackle category.  

UTP in a statement today said that the tournament was held on 13 and 14 July witnessed the participation of 86 teams and more than 1,300 players, making it one of the biggest tournaments held in Malaysia.  The teams competed in the under-14, under-16, under-20, men’s open, women’s tackle and women’s touch.

This annual competition was open to all secondary schools, private and public higher educational institutions as well as clubs throughout Malaysia.
According to the statement, in conjunction with the tournament, UTP Drillers also organised the Get Into Rugby programme aimed to nurture the rugby culture and inspire more children to pick up rugby as sports. 

“252 schools from all over Perak, with the age range of seven to 17 years took part in this programme.  Among the schools were SK Tronoh, SK Kerian, MRSM Parit and MRSM Pasir Salak.  They were trained by two Malaysian Rugby Union trainers and 35 UTP Driller players. 

“This was the fifth series of UTP Super Rugby 10s.  With the organisation of this event, it proves UTP’s commitment in producing well-rounded global graduates who are not only academically excellent but who are creative and agile to face real-world challenges,” the statement said. 

UTP Drillers was established in 1999 and has accomplished many achievements locally and internationally.  To date, the Drillers is the number one rugby team among private institutions in Malaysia after winning last year’s Malaysian Private Institutions Sports Council (MASISWA) 15s Rugby Championship.   

Other achievements included Prince of Songkla University Haytai 7 International 2018 (Champion Plate), Perak State Rugby League 2018 (first runner Cup), Voksis 7s National 2017 (Champion Plate), Isa Abas 7s 2016 (State Champion Plate), Mahyudin 7s 2016 (State Champion Bowl).

The team was also awarded the 2019 Best Sports Team by MASISWA. This month, UTP Drillers will compete in the Kejohanan Ragbi Super 8 IPT featuring the eight best higher institutions teams in Malaysia.