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Pinoy U-19 rugby squad takes a beating

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Other Sports
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THE Philippines’ U-19 lack of cohesion did the team in as it absorbed a 10-26 loss to Korea to squander its chance of making it to the Finals of the 2016 Asia Rugby U19 Championship Division 1 tournament.

“It’s always tough to get a bunch of guys together in five days. You know, we needed to take our chances when they came and we didn’t today,” said New Zealand-based Fil-Norwegian Kai Stroem who is also the Junior Volcanoes’ skipper.

The Koreans also used their advantage in height and strength, as they struck a pair of tries and successful conversions in the endgame to break away from a close contest.

Ryan Santos was the lone Philippine player on the scoresheet with 10 points.
   
Korea will face United Arab Emirates, a 14-10 winner over Singapore in the other semifinals, in the one-game Cup finals today at the International School of Manila field in Taguig City, with the winner getting a promotion in the next phase.