The two consecutive victories led to a winner-take-all match against Sri Lanka, the top-seeded and highest-ranking team in the tournament. Last Saturday, the Volcanoes dispatched their foes in dramatic fashion, 28-18.
"I think it's indicative of the tournament. Where the Philippines jumped to is about right. That now reflects Division 1 and Division 2, so Philippines jumped over teams like Malaysia and China so it's accurate.
“It's great to see the results and see all the winning teams moving up. I think it was fair…because obviously, Sri Lanka was higher last season in the top 5," said Sean Moore of Elite Step Asia, the public relations company handling the tournament.
The new rankings did not favor any other team in the tournament as Sri Lanka dropped to 45th from its old place at 43rd. Chinese Taipei fell one spot to 59th after mixed results, losing to the Philippines and salvaging a win against Singapore in the final match of the tournament. Singapore was hit hardest in the new the rankings, dropping 11 spots down to 67th. (GMA News)