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.
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.