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Eagles down Cobra in abandoned final

PETALING JAYA — Pressure was the key when Borneo Eagles, the East Malaysian giants, lifted their third Cobra 10s title at the 46th Cup final at Padang Astaka, yesterday.

The Sandakan based club downed hosts Cobra when leading 19-0 — when the final was abandon following lighting
and a downpour.

Fijian duo Jona Vugona Tuitoga and Sakiusa Terence Gavidi crossed over for the first two tries, converted by Kiwi Rocky Khan, to give Eagles a comfortable lead.

Later, Richard Philip Judd of New Zealand scored a third try in the second half after which the game was abandoned.

Tournament rules give the match to the team leading in the second half should the game be forced to be abandoned.

The Eagles clinched their maiden Cobra 10s title in 2009 and they also won it again in 2013.

Eagles coach Edwin Cocker, said aggression and pressure on their opponents were key factors in his team’s victory.

“Earlier we had two tough matches in the quarters and semis but our main goal were to keep our momentum going till the final.

“I had the feeling it would be a wet final and the plan was to have the boys’ pressure Cobra from the start.

“However I did not expect the rain to be this heavy forcing the game to be abandoned but the boys’ worked hard to earn a well deserved win,” he said.

Eagles defeated defending champions Penguins International (UK) 10-5 in the semifinals and DBKL Sports Club, last year’s finalists, 17-12 in the quarterfinals.

Earlier Cobra downed NNK Northlink of South Africa 7-5 in the semifinals and Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School 24-0 in the last-eight.

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