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.