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Rugby Premiership hits halfway mark

Rugby Premiership hits halfway mark

The Cambodia Rugby Premiership enters the halfway point of the schedule this weekend with league leaders PSE Garudas facing the Sisowath Knights at 3:30pm at Phnom Penh's Old Stadium.

The undefeated Garudas - which feature several members of the Cambodian national rugby team - devastated the Knights 64-7 in the last encounter back in December.

Despite Garuda's  perfect record, captain Pich Ratana said his team has a lot to improve on, highlighting sloppy play in last Sunday's 20-13 win over Stade Khmer.

"In our last match, we dropped a lot of passes, had a lot of penalties and didn't have the discipline," said the Garuda skipper. "Sisowath usually play stronger in the second half of the season, and the second match with them is always difficult.

"I'm sure they will give us a fight, so we must be ready."

Sisowath, coming off a 44-14 victory over Siem Reap, enter Sunday's match with a record of one win, two losses.    

Premiership action continues throughout the month of March, culminating in a playoff final between the top two teams to decide the year's champions at the Old Stadium on April 5.

As curtain-raisers to this Sunday's Premiership match, junior matches will be played including four matches in the under-17 division and two matches in the under-15 division. Kickoff for the first game is 12:30pm.

Cambodia Rugby Premiership league 2008-09

(as of February 11, 2009)

Teams
Points
Played
Won
Drawn
Lost
Bonus
For
Against
Garudas
15
3
3
0
0
3
121
20
Stade Khmer
10
4
2
0
2
3
80
47
Sisowath Knights
5
3
1
0
2
1
49
109
Siem Reap
0
2
0
0
2
0
14
88

Win = 4 points, Draw = 2 points, Loss = 0 points, Bonus 3 points are awarded when 4 tries or more are scored in a game