The Philippine Volcanoes finished third after round 1 of the Asian Sevens Division 2 Series held in Chennai, India over the weekend
The Volcanoes performed strongly throughout the tournament however fell short in one game to record 5 wins from 6 games over Round 1. The Volcanoes were dominant in per-formance posting wins over Syria, UAE, India, Nepal and once again over UAE in the final for 3rd place. Philippine Volcano JonicoAter Hardwick finished as top try scorer over the competition recording an amazing tally of 10 individual tries. Team veteran Gareth Dela Rosa Holgate recorded the most conversions over the tournament with 18 leaving Team Philippines at the top of each list respectively.
The Volcanoes will be looking to go one game better in Round 2 in Al Ain, Dubai to en-sure the team re-qualifies into the Top 8 teams in Asia for 2016. A first place finish will see the Volcanoes push for the number one seeding to be promoted back into the Division 1 Series held later in the year with stops in Hong Kong, Brunei and Sri Lanka
“We played some outstanding and exciting rugby, whilst we are proud of the 3rd place finish we will be fighting to win the 2nd and final leg in Dubai to achieve promotion” Justin Coveney, Team Captain.
The Volcanoes depart for round 2 in Al Ain on Thursday which will be played on both February 26 and 27. The national team will receive a warm welcome by the Dubai Filipino community after confirming a meet and greet hosted by Aspire Group along with the Little Manila Filipino restaurant. The event will allow access to the players through interviews and photo opportunities available for all supporters of the Philippine Volcanoes.