HK Junior Warriors rout PH U-19 Rugby team

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The Hong Kong Junior Warriors shut down the Philippine Under-19 Rugby Development Team, 27-0, in the first leg of the 2016 Transcom Cup at the Southern Plains Field in Calamba, Laguna on Saturday.

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Shun Hong Chong scored a minute before the first quarter ended, establishing a 5-0 lead for his team.

“Actually, they don’t have that kind of weather condition or playing condition. In the first quarter, they didn’t perform really well because of such condition,” said Hong Kong Junior Warriors head coach Laiyupang Sailo.

The Junior Warriors then scored in the extension period of the first half, extending their advantage to 10-0.

Despite several ball possessions, the Philippines was unable to score at the start of the third quarter as Hong Kong sustained its onslaught.

Coming from the right wing of the field, Chun Yin Nicholas Poon scored, jacking up their lead to 15-0, in the 51st minute of the third quarter. Eight minutes later, Poon scored again stretching their advantage to an insurmountable, 20-0. Yun Hung Yip contributed to the Junior Warriors’ win as he scored a conversion goal in the 60th minute bringing the score to 22-0.

Pak Kwan Lo delivered the killing blow in the 68th minute of the last quarter, ending the match, 27-0.

Philippines U19 Rugby head coach Carlito Abono said his team needs a good defensive winger.

“We were affected by the weather. We did our best but we were really affected by the weather. We had difficulty in communication since we can’t hear each other. That’s why we failed to execute the plays we prepared,” Abono said.

Abono added that the number of homegrown talents is expanding. The majority of the Filipino participants in the 2016 Transcom Cup, according to him, came from Luzon, specifically Clark, Pampanga and Albay.

The 2016 Transcom Cup marked the start of partnership between the Philippines and Hong Kong rugby teams. “We had a meeting with PRFU (Philippine Rugby Football Union) with Matt Cullen (Director of Rugby for the Philippines). Actually, his proposal is home and away, meaning the Hong Kong team will visit our country and we’ll visit them abroad. If other countries will see this, they might join and this would become a tournament,” Abono added.

The second leg of the games between the Junior Warriors and the U19 Development Team will be on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.

Realyn Stevens

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