PH Volcanoes claim Asian Rugby 7s trophy

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Posted at Mar 06 2017 06:35 PM

The Philippine Volcanoes graced the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum ahead of the Asian Rugby 7s Trophy in this file photo. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Volcanoes put on a dominant display en route to the top prize at the recent Asian Rugby Sevens Trophy competition in Doha, Qatar.

Save for their semifinal against Singapore, the Volcanoes won all their matches in comfortable fashion. 

In Pool B play, they served notice of their intent to rule the event by routing Qatar, 26-5, and blanking Nepal, 67-0, to advance to the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinals, the Volcanoes demolished Iran, 42-0, to set up a semifinal showdown against Singapore.

Against their Southeast Asian rivals, the Volcanoes had to play through adversity as they found themselves trailing 7-10, while also playing with only five men due to a red card. 

In their last play of the match, however, Vincent Young got a try that pushed them ahead, 12-10. The victory allowed them to clinch a seat in the Finals against Thailand.

They got back to their dominant ways in the championship match, racing to a 29-0 advantage and limiting Thailand to one try and one conversion in what turned out to be a 41-7 victory.

Skipper Daniel Bembo Matthews earned MVP honors. 

"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," said Matthews, as quoted by the official website of the Philippine Rugby Football Union. 

Thanks to their victory, the Philippines qualified to the Asian Sevens Series, which is the Rugby 7s competition among top tier teams in Asia.

The Volcanoes arrived back in the Philippines on Monday, and will soon start preparing for their next tilt – the Southeast Asian Games in August, where they are the defending champions. 

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