HOSTS Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) were among the eight teams who qualified for the Cup/Plate quarter-finals of the MCKK Premier Sevens Rugby tournament in Kuala Kangsar yesterday.
MCKK, last year's Bowl final runners-up, scored impressive wins against Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Intergrasi Kuantan (27-5) and English College, Johor Baru (26-0).
Another school from Perak, Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman (STAR) also booked a berth by beating Royal Military College (RMC), Kuala Lumpur 33-5 and last year's Bowl final winners, Sekolah Datuk Abdul Razak (SDAR), Seremban 24-10.
Joining them in the last eight were last year's Cup champions Sekolah Sukan Tengku Mahkota Ismail, Johor (SSTMI), who defeated Sabah College 34-7 and SM Sains Sultan Mahmud, Terengganu 24-10.
Last year's Cup runners-up SM Sultan Yahya Petra, Kelantan defeated SMK Taman Kosas, Selangor 26-6 and Kolej Sultan Abdul Hamid, Kedah 38-0 to book their slots.
Other qualifiers were last year's Plate final runners-up SM Sains Hulu Selangor, Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah, Putrajaya, SMK Agama Sheikh Othman Abd Wahab, Kuching and SM Sains Selangor.
A total of 24 teams, including Thailand's Vajivarudh College are competing in the two-day tournament which is aimed at raising the standard of rugby among schools in the country.