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More teams expected next year
Published on: Tuesday, March 12, 2024
By: Winnie Kasmir
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More teams expected next year
NZ Cavaliers defeated Borneo Eagles in Sunday’s final.
SANDAKAN: The Borneo Sevens 2025 is expected to be hosted in mid-April next year at Eagles Rugby Club too. 

According to its Organising Chairman Velayuthan Tan, if there are no other tournaments elsewhere, they anticipate to maybe attract more than 20 teams. 

Commenting on the Borneo Sevens 2024, Velayuthan expressed his satisfaction and happiness with how the tournament was conducted.

“There was good team participation which was beyond our expectations because there are so many other tournaments going on at the same time. 

Velayuthan

“The performance of the teams was also fantastic,” he said adding that they will also be conducting a post-mortem next week to see how they can improve on the organisation of the carnival so that the two-day event will be a very dynamic affair for Sandakan. 

Meanwhile, Tournament Director Ramesh Lachmanan said that it was a good tournament with very tight games from the quarterfinals onwards.

He added that the Sabah Sukma teams having a mini tournament on the side of the main event was to provide the State ruggers an opportunity to learn and observe from the best of the best.

“This is the pathway we are creating for Sabah. Rugby is a high-performance game and they learn a lot which is good for them,” he said.

The tournament which was at the Eagles Rugby Club here over the weekend ended with a new champion – the New Zealand Cavaliers.

The first-timers in the tournament dubbed the ‘Greenest Sevens in the World’ beat defending champions Borneo Eagles by seven points to wrestle away the title from the latter.

In third and fourth place were the Briars and Uzbekistan respectively with Delhi Hurricanes Rugby taking the Plate title.

In the men’s category, eight teams were divided into two Pools with Borneo Eagles, Briars, Belgium, and Malaysia Uni in Pool A.

Pool B comprised Cavaliers, Uzbekistan, Delhi Hurricanes, and DKI Jakarta.

In the Women’s category, Borneo Flyers defended the championship title when they scored 40 points to nil against Uzbekistan.

The matches played during the two-day tournament were fast-paced despite the hot weather and it was also not without a bit of drama on the field. 

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