QUALITY:Perak’s best clinch title as teams show marked improvement
IT is a tournament that continues to be a good ground for schoolchildren to get involved and excel in rugby.
The ninth edition of the CIMB Foundation-Combined Old Boys Rugby Association (Cobra) 10s, held at the Setia Badminton Academy rugby ground recently, saw SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman (Perak) emerge as champions with a comfortable 21-7 win over SM Sukan Zaaba (Negri Sembilan) in the final.
A total of 20 teams, including five from Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan and Thailand, competed in the tournament which brought together state-championship winning school teams from across the country.
Cobra Schools Rugby Development Programme secretary Tan Thiam Jin said the popularity and quality of play of the tournament, which is fully run by Cobra-trained school teachers, continues to improve each year.
"Overall, we have noticed that the players competing this year have shown a lot of improvement especially in terms of handling skills, tactical awareness and general fitness," said Thiam Jin.
"Many of the lesser known teams have also caught the eye especially Kolej Datuk Patinggi Abang Abdillah (Sarawak), which is a healthy development for the sport.
"The tournament has also become a focal point for school kids as they looked forward to, and prepared for the tournament for months before the event.
"Our efforts would not be possible without the support of the CIMB Foundation, Ministry of Education and also Gatorade who have done their part for the sport."
Players that excelled in the tournament will represent the CIMB Foundation-Cobra development team at the Labuan and Bali 10s later this year as well as the Bangkok 10s early next year.