THE Philippine Volcanoes will try their best to stay in Asia’s Top 5, when they clash against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) team tonight in the 2013 HSBC Asian 5 Rugby Nations competition at the Rizal Memorial Football Field in Manila.
Game time starts at 7:00 p.m.
After losing to Japan (0-121), Hong Kong (20-59) and South Korea (19-62) last week, the Volcanoes are hoping to score a win to keep their Rugby World Cup bid alive.
“The UAE team is very experienced and has been in the top flight for a number of years,” Volcanoes head coach Jarred Hodges told reporters during a press conference at the Century Park Hotel. “They are big and physical, so we need to be up for the contest.”
The winner of the bout advances to the finals qualification round next year.
For his part, UAE coach Duncan Hall said he expected the Philippine team to play tough.
“We have made good progress on the field, but it doesn’t reflect in the scorelines. The competition gets harder every year and I’m expecting the Philippine team to give their best.”
The team that finishes fifth after the end of the six-week long competition will be demoted to Division 1, while the top four squads will stay in the Elite Division and continue their quest to qualify for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Josef T. Ramos