“An overall fourth finish in Round 1 we are extremely proud of. It’s a long series, we travel for round 2 in Korea in two weeks, where we will get another shot for a medal place finishing,” added Jake Letts from Philippine Rugby
The Volcanoes had six new faces for the national team, Donald Canon Coleman one of the best for the Philippines along with the likes of Howe, Timothy Bweheni and Joe Palabay Dawson.
The Volcanoes finished top of the SEA Nations, Malaysia finished seventh overall. It’s the highest place in the Asia Sevens Series the Volcanoes have placed since they last qualified for the Rugby Sevens World Cup in Moscow in 2013.
“In the past, we have finished as high as second and third, however since 2014 it’s been tough to finish on the podium. Rugby in Asia continues to rise and it’s good to see Philippine Rugby continues to show it has what it takes to compete at the highest level. A top four achievement is a great result for last weekend. Our challenge will be to remain consistent throughout the next two rounds. We had six new players for Hong Kong, so we will be gaining experience from this at look for a podium finish in two weeks” shared Letts.
The Volcanoes are straight into preparations, with their training camp scheduled for Wednesday. All eyes are set on Korea for September 29 and 30.
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