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Philippine Volcanoes top Malaysia to win 4th SEA Games gold

MANILA, Philippines - The gold medal tally for the Philippines in the 28th Southeast Asian Games reached 4 after the Volcanoes ruled the men’s rugby 7s competition by defeating Malaysia in the finals, 24-7, on Sunday, June 7, at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium in Singapore.

The Volcanoes, who swept the round robin of the competition, raced off to a 12-0 edge by the end of the first half thanks to a try from forward Patrice Oliver at the 5:32 mark, which was followed by another try from Justin Coveney and a conversion goal by Jake Gerald Letts at the 10:00 mark. 

The Philippines came out the stronger squad to start the second half, as a try by Matthew Saunders at the 11:00 mark and a conversion goal by Alexander Aronson at the 11:26 mark gave their team a 19-0 lead. 

Malaysia scored 7 straight thanks to a try from Zulkiflee Azmi and a conversion goal from Mohd Ab Rahman, 19-7, but a try by the Volcanoes’ Harry Morris at the 18:59 mark put the Philippines on top by 17, 24-7, which would hold for the rest of the game. 

The Volcanoes defeated Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Malaysia in the round robin. 

Earlier on Sunday, the Philippine women’s rugby team placed bronze in the women’s rugby 7s by defeating Malaysia, 22-0. 

The Philippines now has a total of 4 golds, 6 silvers, and 11 bronzes - 7th overall in the medal tally. 

- Rappler.com