Friday, March 07, 2014

SEPAK TAKRAW: Malaysia treated to French fries

NOT much could be deduced from Malaysia's performance yesterday as they steamrolled a hapless French side but coach Jamaluddin Hassan is nevertheless hoping his boys will show their true colours in the knockout stages of the ISTAF Super Series Grand Finals which starts today.

Starting with Izurin Refin, Muqlis Borhan and Khairol Zaman Hamir Akhbar while later introducing 18-year-old Syahir Rosdi, Jamaluddin's boys were just too good for France's Mathieu Fleutret, Etienne Ruggeri and Radslav Rusev.

They took just 18 minutes to clinch a 15-7, 15-1 win and book their spot in the last eight.
Jamaluddin said it was not easy for his charges to reach a high level during the Group B encounter but was nevertheless pleased with their decisive play.

Malaysia had beaten Singapore in straight sets in their opening match on Wednesday.
"It's always good to get a win but it was a very slow match and honestly was not much of a test for us," said Jamaluddin.

"However, it was a good chance for our boys to get more court time and adapt to the conditions as the lighting is quite dark here and it is quite tricky to deal with balls falling from height.
"Whoever we play next (in the quarters) will be a much tougher opponent and the boys will have to raise their game significantly."

In Group A, arch rivals Thailand (Kritsana Tanakorn, Somporn Jaisinghol, Supachai Maneenat), who beat India on Thursday, had secured their place in the last-eight with an easy 15-4, 15-4, win over Germany (Gunnar Vogt, Thomas Kaiser, Christian Rieck).

Malaysia will face Japan (who beat Iran and China but lost to Brunei in their group matches) in the quarter-finals today for a place in the last-four against either Brunei or Singapore.

RESULTS -- Men's group stages: Brunei bt Iran 15-9, 15-10, China bt Brunei 12-15, 15-13, 15-4, Japan bt Iran 15-12, 15-9, South Korea bt United States 15-7, 12-15, 15-9, South Korea bt Indonesia 15-13, 15-12. Japan bt China 16-17, 15-7, 15-8.

Quarterfinals draw: Thailand v Indonesia, South Korea v Indonesia, Malaysia v Japan, Brunei v Singapore.

Women: South Korea bt Vietnam 15-13, 15-8, Myanmar bt South Korea 15-6, 15-13, Indonesia bt China 15-4, 15-7, Malaysia bt India 15-6, 15-12. By Fadhli Ishak

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