The Philippines women recorded a 100% record at the Asia Rugby Women’s Sevens Trophy to claim promotion to next season’s Sevens Series.
The Lady Volcanoes finished with a 4 from 4 record. On day 1 the Philippines defeated Qatar and Laos in the their opening pool matches, promoting them directly to the play off rounds on Sunday.
With Korea out of the running following defeat on day one, it came down to a round-robin between hosts Indonesia, India and the Philippines. It was the Philippines who won both of their matches on day two to guarantee victory in Jakarta. First they beat India 19-12 with tries from Ono, Helena Indigne and Patrocinia Duffy before they proved too strong for Indonesia.
In the final women’s match of the tournament Aidee Denuyo, Jacquiline Mae Lyden, Ono and Indigne scored the tries in a 26-7 victory.
Veronika Olua scored one of the tries of the weekend with an 80-metre try, but the hosts could not prevent the Philippines from gaining promotion.
“We are delighted to get to the top tier of sevens in Asia,” said World Rugby Council Member and Philippines player Ada Milby. “It was great to come out on top of such a competitive competition. All the teams have improved so much and it is so promising for the future of the sport in our region.”
"The women's program has been growing from strength to strength, with a Silver Medal finish last year, it was great to witness them finish with Gold this year" shared Jake Letts, General Manager for the PRFU.
The Volcanoes will continue their preparations towards the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
Source: Asia Rugby
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