The Philippine Volcanoes kicked off an excellent performance to defeat Sri Lanka, 28-18 in the final match of the HSBC Asian 5 Nations Division 1 tournament.
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Hometown crowd from the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila cheered on Saturday for the 15-man team, who has just been promoted to the Elite Division of the A5N, the tournament that will send at least one Asian nation to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in London, England.
The Volcanoes are currently ranked 62nd in the world, but with this trophy, it is expected to rise and become one of Asia'e elite rubgy teams. They defeated higher-ranked Singapore (56th), 37-20, in their opening game last week then followed it up with a 34-12 blow-out win against another higher-ranked team in Chinese Taipei (58th) last Wednesday. Sri Lanka was the highest-seeded team in the tournament, ranking 43rd.
The team now prepares itself to train and improve more for the sure slot in the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers in Japan.