Hard work paid off for Sri Lanka says Marija

Fazil Marija. Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

BOCAUE—On Wednesday night, the Philippine Volcanoes erupted late to complete a come-from-behind win against Singapore to clinch a seat in the ARC Division 1 final.

Three nights later, they threatened to claw their way back from ten points down again.

But this time, Sri Lanka managed to weather the impending surge and took the win in the championship game on Saturday.

For team captain Mazil Farija, it was about the team's work ethic.

"We know we are playing an 80-minute game, so we had to work harder than the Philippines to subdue them. They are a good side," Farija told Dugout Philippines.

He later vowed that the intensity of play of his team will go notches higher as the sqaud will take on Hong Kong in the promotional playoff for a spot in the Top 3 Division next year.

"We will work harder than this. We will be more clinical in our game plans," Farija continued.

He added that the team will also focus on the rugby 7's level.