MANILA, Philippines – One week after the Asian Rugby Women's Championships, general manager Jake Letts believes the Philippine women's team took another step forward.
"Coming into this competition, we were ahead of India but behind Singapore," said Letts. "After last weekend's result, we stayed ahead of India and passed Singapore."
The Philippines made it all the way to the final after downing India, 32-27, in the semis last June 19. They were thoroughly outclassed by China, however, 68-0, in the gold medal game last Saturday.
"China were very dominant, they proved a class above all and finished in first place," said Letts.
Their second-place finish continues the Lady Volcanoes' steady rise over the last two years. The main aim for the program this year is to provide similar opportunities for the women, to what the men's team have had access to over the past years.
"The women's program over the last two years has been boosted by the support of both MVP Sports Foundation through the company of First Pacific and also the PSC as always," said Letts.
"We are now able to invest more resources into the women's program to ensure they have every chance to succeed," he added.
The Lady Volcanoes were led by coaches Andy Brown, Fetala'I 'Fitz Taua'a, and Chris Everingham.
The coaching staff this year had a strong calibre of experience across each areas of specific expertise, which was evident from last week's matches. The forwards laid a strong foundation thanks to Taua'a, the composition of the play directed by Brown and the strength and fitness by Everingham.
Although more improvement is needed, their performance is a sign that they are on the right track towards this year's Southeast Asian Games.
The Lady Volcanoes will now focus on the Asia Trophy Series in Indonesia, set for August 10 and 11.
The Philippines finished second among 10 nations last year, and are aiming for the gold this time around.
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