Saturday, June 29, 2013

Philippines in the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup

For the first time ever, the Philippine Volcanoes Rugby Sevens Team will compete in the most prestigious rugby sevens tournament in the world, the 2013 IRB Sevens World Cup. The Philippines qualified after defeating South Korea for the bronze medal in last year's HSBC Asian Rugby Sevens Series in Singapore.

The team will face one of the fastest developing rugby sevens teams in the world, Kenya in their first outing followed by one of the tournament contenders Samoa and finally Zimbabwe the next day.

I expected the team will get massacres in the first two games and a decent performance against Zimbabwe. However, this is rugby sevens where anything could happen . . .  where sometimes underdogs always win.

Anyway, as a young rugby nation, qualifying and playing in two of rugby sevens' premier events (Hong Kong Sevens and Rugby Seven World Cup) for the last two years are great achievements and we should be proud of them.

Pool C (Group Stage):

June 28 – Philippines 5 - 45 Kenya (as expected Kenya won this game with a big margin but I'm glad our boys manage to score a try through Gareth Holgate) [match details]
June 29 – Philippines 0 - 29 Samoa (as expected Samoa won this game but I thought the margin could've been bigger... I presume they're resting their top players for the bigger games in the next rounds) [match details]
June 29 – Philippines 7 - 19 Zimbabwe (unlike the previous two opponents, I actually underestimated Zimbabwe but at least the boys scored a converted try through Oliver Saunders) [match details]

Bowl Quarterfinals:
June 30 – Philippines 0 - 50 Japan (Philippines suffered its second try-less defeat in the Rugby Sevens World Cup to Asian powerhouse Japan) [match details]

Volcanoes Sevens (Philippines) trained with the eventual world champions All Blacks Sevens (New Zealand) in Moscow, Russia. [Source]

  1. Andrew Wolff
  2. Ryan Eugene Clarke
  3. Oliver Saunders
  4. Gareth Holgate
  5. Jake Letts
  6. Joseph Matthews
  7. Justin Coveney
  8. Kenny Stern
  9. Matthew Saunders
  10. Michael Letts
  11. Sean Lynch
  12. Patrice Olivier

Matthew Saunders tries to slip between two Kenyan defenders on the day the Philippines created a piece of history by playing at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow. Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima

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