The Philippine Rugby men’s team, widely known as Philippines Volcanoes, won the Plate Cup trophy at the HSBC Asian Rugby Sevens Series India7s Sunday afternoon in Mumbai, India.
Philippine Volcanoes defeated Thailand, 29-7 to win the Plate Cup trophy at India7s, the 3rd ranking event in this year’s Asian series.
The win boosted Philippine Volcanoes preparation for next year’s Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, a qualifying event for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
Coached by Matt Cullen, the boys beat Chinese Taipei, 31-7, and succumbed to Japan, 7-39, at the preliminary round, finishing second to Japan in Pool A.
In the quarter final round, Philippines was defeated by Sri Lanka, 5-12, relegating Philippines to the Plate competition (5th place) while advancing Sri Lanka to the India7s Cup competition.
The Philippine Volcanoes then faced Singapore in the Plate Cup semifinal round, blanking the Singaporeans 26-0 en route to the Plate Cup final rounds against Thailand, who registered an upset, 8-0, win against South Korea.
Philippines’ team in Mumbai leg is composed of Mark Nelmida Chatting, Harry Dionson Morris, Eric Tai, Gareth Dela Rosa Holgate, Andrew Peñaflorida Wolff, Chris Alamil Everingham, Sam Fogg, Robert Amalay Jones, Timothy Bweheni, Aaron Bacos Briddon, Dennis Gordon and Rupert Dian Zappia.
Team captain Jake Letts didn’t make it to the Mumbai leg due to hamstring injury.
The HSCBC Asian Sevens Series Mumbai leg was participated by 15 premier men’s rugby team from around Asia.
Hong Kong won the Indian7s Cup title, defeating Japan 39-7; while Sri Lanka placed 3rd by beating Malaysia 31-10.
Chinese Taipei defeated China, 17-12, to win the Bowl final (9th place), while Kazakhstan beat Iran 19-14 to take the 11th place.
India beat UAE 22-0 to claim their second consecutive Shield final (13th place). Afghanistan placed 15th.
Up next is the HSBC Asian Rugby Sevens Series Singapore7s (Singapore Leg) on November 3.
Here’s the full video of the Plate Cup Finals (Philippines VS Thailand):