MANILA – The Philippine Volcanoes erupted with a sensational run in the 2011 Asia Men’s Rugby 7s tournament in Borneo, Malaysia.
The Nationals scored a silver medal finish after beating Malaysia and rugby powerhouse China.
According to Ronnie Nathanielsz’s report in Philboxing.com, the Volcanoes clobbered host Malaysia in a heated match, 28-14.
The Volcanoes then went on to upset China in the semifinals. They hammered out a 19-14 victory in extra time.
The Nationals eventually lost to a younger Japanese squad in the finals, 46-0, to settle for second place.
Philippine team coach Matt Cullen said the second place finish already guarantees the Volcanoes a slot in the 2012 Hong Kong Rugby 7s.
“We had set a goal of reaching the last four in the tournament . We have now set a few records. We beat China for the first time and by entering the final we have put Philippine rugby on the map. Finishing second to a team like Japan is an honor. It is way beyond our expectations,” Cullen said. (With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News)