The Philippine Volcanoes bowed to the visiting Sri Lankan side, 14-27, in the finals of the 2015 Asian Rugby Championship Division One held at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan on Saturday.
The home squad took the upper hand in the early minutes of the game after the conversion by Alex Aronson that gave the Philippines a 3-0 lead.
Hungry to take back the lead, Sri Lanka came back with swift force in consecutive occasions, giving them a 3-13 advantage midway through the first period.
Aronson once again took the floor as he sank a penalty to slice down Sri Lanka’s lead to just 6-13.
Despite the outburst of the visitors, the Volcanoes returned the favor off a try by Jeff Gregson that inched them back a few paces closer, 11-21.
The speed of the Sri Lankan Tuskers, however, proved to be too much for the Philippines as they dominated the second period to take the championship plum.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s representative to the country H.M.G.R.R.K. Wijeratne Mendis said that she was impressed with the performance of both teams in the match and the new sports facilities in Bulacan.
“The game was good. I am particularly impressed with the new facilities because since I came here in the Philippines in 2013, I saw a lot of improvements in the sports sector,” she said.
Charge d’Affaires Mendis also added that she believes that the ties between the Philippines and Sri Lanka can be improved through a future sports program partnership.