THE Malaysian Rugby Union (MRU) Super League final between Combined Old Boys Rugby Association (Cobra) and Keris Conlay turned out to be no more than an exhibition match when Cobra refused to play them for the title.
Cobra president Boon Hoon Chee said his side maintained their stand of insisting on being declared winners and were ready to abandon the match when they were still told to play Conlay for the title at Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang yesterday.
"As promised, we took to the field but when were told to play them (Conlay) for the title, we approached the organisers with our demand of being declared champions or we would abandon the game," said Hoon Chee.
"Datuk Wira Amiruddin Embi (MRU president) appealed to us to continue the game, but only as a friendly, and told us the MRU council will have a meeting to decide the winners after the game.
"We are not happy, but decided to go ahead with the game as only an exhibition match."
MRU tournament director Major Khalid Hamzah confirmed that the MRU council would hold a meeting (later yesterday) to decide a winner and will announce the official champions today.
"We will decide by today (yesterday) but have asked for the game to go on for the sake of the rugby fraternity that has gathered here today," said Khalid.
Cobra, however, won yesterday's match, 35-3.
The tournament was thrown into controversy on Wednesday when the MRU announced that Conlay, who lost to TMISS in the semi-finals last week, would replace TMISS in yesterday's final. TMISS had committed themselves to competing in the Crown Jakarta Komodo 10s over the weekend and were thus unable to play in the final. By Fadhli Ishak