The Philippine National Men's Rugby Sevens Team, the
Volcanoes, bested 10 other countries to win the top prize in the
recent Asian Rugby Sevens Trophy competition in Doha, Qatar.
Coming out of the first day on top of their pool with dominant
wins versus Nepal and Qatar, the Volcanoes started day two of
the competition by defeating Iran 42 to 0 in the Quarter Final to
set up a Semi-Final battle with SEA Games rivals, Singapore,
according to a dispatch from the team’s Facebook page.
A strong start had Singapore leading the match 10 – 7, but the
Volcanoes kept their composure and produced try by Vincent
Amar Young on the final play, ending the match at 12-10. The
narrow win pushed the Philippines into the Grand Final against
Thailand, which had also yet to drop a game in the competition,
the report added.
“In the Final, the Globe Ph Volcanoes wasted no time and
produced a rapid series of tries which gave them a commanding
29 points to 0 lead at halftime. Thailand attempted a comeback
in the second half, but only managed one try and conversion
before the Philippines finished them off with a final two tries
ending the match 41 – 7,” it said.
Team Capt. Daniel Bembo Matthews was awarded Most
Valuable Player, while Timothy Bweheni was proclaimed Man of
"It was a real team effort to win this tournament. The players put
in the hard yards and really played for each other. This win was
for all our supporters, we appreciate all the support we have
received," Matthews was quoted as saying.
With this win, the Philippines gains entry back into the Asian
Sevens Series (A7S) which is the Rugby Sevens competition
among top tier teams in Asia such as Japan, Hong Kong and
Korea. The A7S will be played through September and October
in Hong Kong, Korea and Sri Lanka.
The Globe Ph Volcanoes will compete next month at the
Singapore SEA 7s on April 14 and 15.