MANILA, Philippines —
The men’s Philippine rugby team fell to the stronger Canadian side in their first ever game at the prestigious Hong Kong Sevens.
Canada scored the opener within the first three minutes of the game, putting them up 7-0. They followed it up with a 2nd try 4 minutes later.
To punctuate the lead, the Canadians broke away yet again right before the half, to lead the game 21-0 at halftime.
The sole try of the Philippines came from Justin Coveney, from a pass off of Mark Chatting towards the end of the 2nd half. The Philippine Volcanoes were not able to convert, but the try cut Canada’s lead 21-5.
Canada ended strong by adding 2 more tries right before the end of the game, putting the final score at 35-5 in favor of the North American team.
The Volcanoes will next face Spain on Saturday, March 24, at 9:52 am.
It is the first time the men’s rugby team has ever qualified for Hong Kong Sevens, which gathers the top 24 teams to play in the most high-profile sevens tournament in the world. More to follow. – Rappler.com