The two sides will meet to not only determine the Asia Rugby Championship Division I 2017 winner but who will remain alive in the race to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2019. Malaysia and Sri Lanka are one win away from the Asia Rugby Championship Division I title and keeping their dream of qualifying for Rugby World Cup 2019 alive. Both teams are unbeaten in the round-robin tournament and their meeting on Saturday at Ipoh Padang will decide top spot and the team promoted to the Top 3 in 2018 to battle Hong Kong and Korea for a play-off with the Oceania Cup 2017 winner on the road to Japan 2019. Defending champions Malaysia currently top the table with 10 points, one more than Sri Lanka, after claiming their second bonus-point win with a comfortable 40-8 defeat of the Philippines on Wednesday. Sri Lanka put out a marker of intent in the opening match as they cast aside Philippnes 24-17. Sri Lankan team kept their title hopes alive, making it two out of two wins when they beat the United Arab Emirates 33-17 on Wednesday.