THEY went winless in the World Cup Sevens, but Andrew Wolff says the experience will serve the Volcanoes well as they vie in the Asian Series in the next few months.
“We’ve come from a month of training (and competing) and (came out) really increasing our fitness and improving our game plan. Now we can take that to the Asian Series, which is a lot lower level than the World Cup,” Wolff said after the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday at Shakey’s Malate.
Bracketed in Group C, the Volcanoes lost to World No. 5 Kenya, 45-5; to fourth-ranked Samoa, 29-0; and to No. 17 Zimbabwe, 19-7, in the tournament held from June 28 to 30 in Moscow.
Wolff, who since becoming a national team player in 2007 has the most caps for a Philippine Volcano in international sevens tournaments, said playing with the world’s best prepared them for battle against their Asian neighbors. The Volcanoes are set to see action in tournaments in Thailand and Mumbai, among others.
“We had quite good performances. We were quite even at halftime, but with the experience of the other teams, they ran away with it in each game,” said the Filipino-English player, who turned 28 last Saturday.
“I think it will be easier for us to compete in the next few months as long as we keep the core team together,” added Wolff, who was accompanied by teammates and Volcanoes manager Matt Cullen in the weekly program.
The only problem Wolff sees is the availability of team members who play professionally in Japan and Australia, saying more private financial support is needed to allow the team to train as a unit for a longer period of time.
“If we can have the funding to stay together nine months a year, we could really compete at the World Cup level.”