Banking on their superior speed, endurance and power moves, the Singapore squad came from behind to frustrate the Philippine Lady Volcanoes, 36-10, in the 1st International Ladies 15s Rugby Football Challenge played on June 2 at the Cebu International School (CIS) field.
Inspired by the cheers of hometown fans, led by no less than Cebu City Mayor, Michael L. Rama, the Lady Volcanoes coasted to a rousing 5-0 start through fullback Aiumi Ono.
Unfortunately, that came to be Philippines only bright moment as it was an all-Singapore show after that, with the visitors from the Lion City firing back with an explosive 19-0 blast behind the efforts of Xie Xing, Samantha Teo, Ester Ta, and Archanabala to seize full control of the match.
The Lady Volcanoes tried to salvage some measure of pride but kept giving turnovers and struggled in the scrums. However the Lady Volcanoes' efforts to get back in the match were rewarded by a short range try, again from Aiumi Ono.
Capitalizing on the shallow defence of the Lady Volcanoes, the Singaporeans padded their lead courtesy of Chan Siayu and Gloria Sharp with a try each. Even though they sensed that the Lady Volcanoes were already slowing down, the Singaporeans continued to play aggressively on both ends, with Bliss Tan sealing their victory.
Singapore coach Muhammad Zaki was very impressed with his team as they showed great teamwork even if they were formed just two months ago.
"The girls here are university players and we have trained for only two months. The Filipino girls played well, it's just that they have not practiced together for long." said Zaki.
For the Lady Volcanoes, they must learn a lesson or two from that setback.
There will be practically no rest for the Filipino ladies as they will see action next in the ARFU Women's 4 Nations Division 2 on June 13-17 in Manila against Laos, Thailand and Singapore.
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