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Volcanoes blank Malaysia, set up QF date with South Korea

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The Philippine Volcanoes blasted Southeast Asian neighbor Malaysia, 33-0, for their first win in the Asia Rugby Seven Series in Hong Kong on Friday night.

The Volcanoes bounced back from tough losses to host team Hong Kong and China by blanking the Malaysians, who brought in their U-20 team while giving their SEA Games team a rest.

The win pushed the Volcanoes to third place in Pool A, putting them in a quarterfinal showdown against South Korea, which placed second in Pool B.

The loss sent Malaysia to a quarterfinal date with Japan, the top team in the other pool.

The other quarterfinal pairings will have Hong Kong battling Chinese Taipei and China locking horns with Sri Lanka.

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