Volcanoes rally in 2nd half to repulse Singapore

Volcanoes rally in 2nd half to repulse Singapore

The Volcanoes thanked the fans for the support after the huge win. Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

CALAMBA--The Philippine Volcanoes drew first blood against Singapore in the Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 series with a 32-24 win at the Southern Plains Rugby Field on Saturday.

The Volcanoes turned the tides in the second half to gain a head start in their two-game series.

Behind a scoring spree from Jonathan Barber, Singapore quickly opened a 14-5 lead 24 minutes into the match.

But just before halftime, Joe Dawson found an open lane at the right flank following a scrum and went all the way to the end zone for the try. Daniel Matthews scored the ensuing conversion that cut the lead to just two, 14-12, at halftime.

The one-possession swing sparked the Volcanoes' second half show.

Matthews converted a penalty a little over seven minutes into the half, while Dawson scored on another try to open a 20-14 lead for the Philippines.

Singapore retook the lead when Ishraff Marah converted the extra points off a Xavier Docourneau try midway into the second half.

But substitutes Rob Fogerty and Edlen Hernandez took over.

Fogerty provided the energy for the Volcanoes with his go-ahead try in the 73rd minute with Matthews completing the and-2.

Hernandez then made the dagger try for the Volcanoes in added time to the delight of the crowd.

Marah drilled a long-range penalty for the final tally.

Both teams will face off again on Tuesday at the said venue.

In the first game, London-based Penguins Rugby Club proved to be too much for the Volcanoes' developmental side Residents XV after a 67-10 rout.

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