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    Volcanoes dominate Doha rugby tilt

    By Web Dev Published: March 8, 2017

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    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.

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    “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

    the Match.

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    "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.

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