The Philippine Volcanoes bounced back beating Singapore, 20-17, in extra time to book a finals berth in the Asian Rugby Championship Division 1 at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan on Wednesday.
Despite being down by 10 points until the dying moments of regulation, Alex Aronson came off the bench to save the day for the Philippines.
The chances of the hosts to come back from being down 7-17 with less than 25 minutes left on the clock became slimmer by the minute but Aronson’s penalty conversion proved to be a silver lining for the Volcanoes.
It went down to the final play of the Philippines when they finally snatched the equalizer to force the Singaporeans to a golden point rule extra period.
Aronson sprang to action anew as he notched the game winning penalty attempt to give the Volcanoes the win during the second half of extra time.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka defeated Kazakhstan, 35-14, to also earn a finals slot.
The Philippines and Sri Lanka will face each other in the finals on Saturday at the same venue.