The Philippine Volcanoes finished second overall in the 2016 Asia Rugby tournament held over two legs in Chennai India, and Al Ain Dubai over the weekend.
The Volcanoes performed strongly throughout the tournament series, recording 9 wins over the two legs, posting victories over Thailand, UAE, Lebanon, India, Syria, Iran and Nepal.
“It was a positive result for the Volcanoes to achieve silver in the tournament in Asia,” said team captain Justin Coveney. “The playing conditions and schedule in both Chennai and Al Ain were gruelling and challenging, yet the players were able to persevere and improve with each game, we look forward to rebuilding and going one better next year.”
Amongst the best for the Volcanoes were Sean Celeda Lynch and Jonico Ater Hardwick both crossing the line 14 and 15 tries each, respectively – the highest of any national team. Veteran Gareth Dela Rosa Holgate also contributed strongly with his clinical conversation tally.
This tournament acts as another stepping stone for the Volcanoes to prepare for the official 2017 SEA Games to be held in Malaysia.The Volcanoes will be looking to defend their gold medal in April at the South East Asia 7’s in Singapore.
The Volcanoes will be seeded against the top teams in South East Asia playing alongside Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
A back-to-back gold medal will be targeted to ensure Philippine Rugby stays number one in South East Asia.
The Volcanoes will also play in the 15 a side rugby code, the more traditional version of the game at the Asia Rugby Championships on May 8, 11 and 14 in Kuala Lumpur.
The national team has a strong history in this format being crowned Division 4, Division 3, Division 2 and Division 1 champions in successive years. They are looking to reclaim the Division 1 title in 2016. – Rappler.com
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