The Asian Rugby Junior Division 2 Finals took place at Rizal Memorial Stadium on Saturday, December 17, 2011. The Philippines played against Malaysia for the third and fourth place and this proved to be a closely fought game with both teams trying to avoid relegation. The game was a very even contest with Malaysia and the Philippines scoring early tries to remain at 5 all halfway through the first half. Malaysia then stepped up the tempo and forced the Philippines into some crucial errors late in the second half that both resulted in tries to Malaysia. The second half saw a concerted comeback from the Philippine team and this was led by Danny Matthews who scored a try for the Philippines and kicked a penalty and conversion to bring the Philippines back to challenge Malaysia at 20 – 18. During the last five minutes the Philippines were attacking the Malaysian line and unfortunately could not capitalize on their territorial advantage and Malaysia were able to kick a field goal on the fulltime whistle to win the game 23 – 18.
The championship final was played between Korea and Chinese Taipei and both teams were determined to win the Division 2 final to gain promotion to Division 1. The game started at a ferocious pace and both forward packs used their big tight five players to try and dominate possession. It was Korea who scored the opening try and then followed up this effort with their number 8 scoring from the back of a driving maul to take a 12 – 5 lead into the halftime break. Chinese Taipei staged a comeback in the second half but it was Korea who ran in four late tries to run away with the game by 36 – 17. The Koreans will move back up to Division one in 2012 and the Philippines will be relegated to Division 3.
The Asian Rugby Junior Championship was the first internationally sanctioned Rugby Union tournament to be played at Rizal Memorial Stadium and the PRFU are looking forward to hosting the Asian 5 Nations Men’s 15s Division 1 Championships at Rizal next April 13 – 20th. This tournament will see the Philippines take on Sri Lanka, Singapore and Chinese Taipei and will be broadcast throughout the Philippines.
Stay connected with us!