Ladies National 7s Team Announced
The PRFU are proud to announce the members of the National Ladies 7s Team that will compete in the ARFU Asian 7s Competition in Guangzhou, China on July 24-25, 2010
∙ Dyesebel Diaz
∙ Jackie Finlan
∙ Nikki Lira
∙ Aumi Ono
∙ Marga Pacis
∙ Trixie Pacis
∙ Alana Padilla
∙ Rosette Rough
∙ Blessie de los Santos
∙ Manila Santos
∙ Isabela Silva
∙ Syndee Storey
Team Manager: Joy Pineda
Team Coach: Matt Cullen
Physiotherapist: Olive Rallanka
The Philippine Volcanoes took the Division 2 ARFU title at their first attempt in emphatic fashion in Delhi today with a 34-12 victory over the hosts, India.
Although the final victory was a three try to two triumph, the gallant Indian team were restricted to scoring at the beginning of the game and at the end of the game, but for the intervening periods the Philippines dominated both territory and possession.
The beginning of the game was marked by gusts of sand and dust which knocked down some of the hoardings surrounding the brand new rugby pitch at Delhi University. An enthusiastic local crowd cheered on the local team and the intial exchanges were very physical. After an early penalty kicked by Oliver Saunders, the Indian pack took the ball from a lineout in their own 22 and trundled the Philippines pack backwards for an emphatic forwards' try. However, the remainder of the first half involved the Volcanoes applying tremendous pressure on the Indians in all parts of the field and this led to a string of penalties, duly converted by the Philippine No. 10 and just before half time the lead had been extended to 15-7, by virtue of five penalties. In a crucial period of the match Matt Saunders, who had a strong tournament, went in for a five-pointer out wide, improved his position and the resulting conversion allowed the Philippine team to take a 22-7 lead into the half-time break. The first half had been punctuated with low crunching tackles by the fourth-ranked team on their larger opponents, but the game was still up for grabs.
The Philippine Volcanoes are through to the A5N Division II final by defeating Thailand 53-33 in a thrilling match played overnight in New Delhi. The lead changed several times in the first half with both teams scoring great tries and trading penalty goals. A converted try late in the half gave the Volcanoes some breathing space as they went into the break with a 29-16 lead.
The second half began with Thailand mounting sustained attacking pressure inside the Philippines’ half. Thailand’s star fullback Warangkorn Khamkoet surprisingly missed a drop gaol and two penalty goal attempts which would have narrowed the gap considerably. Once the Volcanoes managed to secure possession they were able to convert pressure to points and seemed to be coasting with 15 minutes to go. However, the Thailand team were extremely dangerous out wide and they scored two quick tries to come within two converted tries of a victory. The Volcanoes held strong and finished with late try to secure the semi-final win and continue their undefeated charge through the Asian 5 Nations competition.
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