Philippine Volcanoes to tackle Sri Lanka for Asia Rugby Division 1 title

Philippine Volcanoes to tackle Sri Lanka for Asia Rugby Division 1 title

It’s time for redemption for the Philippine Volcanoes.

After a heart-breaking loss against Singapore in their second match, the national men’s rugby team will have a chance to redeem themselves and take the Asia Rugby Division 1 title against the top seed Sri Lanka team on Saturday (May 14) at the Royal Selangor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Philippine Volcanoes to tackle Sri Lanka for Asia Rugby Division 1 title

Philippine Volcanoes in a fashion show. Photo: Twitter

The Volcanoes opened their campaign with a win against host country Malaysia on Sunday (May 8), before bowing to Singapore in a tight contest on Wednesday (May 11). Still, the Philippines garnered six points along with Malaysia to top the competition. All teams in Division 1 have a 1-1 win-loss slate.

The Volcanoes defeated Sri Lanka’s Tuskers in 2012 and 2014, but the Tuskers avenged their defeats in 2015 to clinch the top spot in the championship tournament.

A win on Saturday will guarantee the Volcanoes a fixed spot in Division 1 and a chance to earn a play-off match against the bottom team in the Tri Nations Division that feature Asian heavyweights Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea. However, a loss could mean a relegation to Division 2.

The Philippines will be headlined by team captain Oliver Saunders, Derrick Broussard, Gareth Holgate, Matthew Saunders, Benjamin Mudie, and Terry Carroll.

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