JML North Harbor NZ Warriors prove a cut above the rest in Manila 10s rugby invitationals
The JML North Harbour NZ team dominated the competition in the 2016 Manila 10s Invitational. Photo from PRFU

THE JML North Harbour NZ Warriors completed a clean sweep of the competition with a 28-14 beating over B2Gold Larrikins in the final to reclaim the title in the 2016 Manila 10s Invitational.

In another dominating tour, the Warriors, coached by Philippine Volcanoes Men's 7s mentor Geoff Alley, proved a class above the rest to earn their place in the history books as the only team to ever win the Cup championship four times.

But it was the PTS Clark Jets who won the crowd over the weekend, as they took the Bowl Championship in fine style, beating archrivals the Alabang Falcons, 27-0, in the final.

A team made up of youth development orphanage players and some international competitive expats, the Jets proved too quick and too strong for their opponents.

Playing a brand of exciting rugby, the Jets notched up impressive wins over the CBRE Makati Mavericks, HKFC Scorpions, INSEAD Barbarians and the Albay Vulcans en route to the finals and their first taste of silverware at the Manila 10s.

“It was a great result for our rugby club, very proud of the way the players performed over the entire weekend. The Jets are known as a fast and electric team, however it was our defense that won us the games. [Despite facing] much bigger opponents, the young Jets showed heart the whole weekend” said Jovan Masalunga, Philippine Volcano and team captain of the PTS Clark Jets

In other results, the Cebu Dragons took the Shield final, while the RMD Tigers from Hong Kong won the Plate Championship. Local team heroes the Manila Nomads were knocked out early on Day 2 in the quarter-finals of the Plate, while the Alabang Eagles finished 4th overall among the 36 participating teams.

“A great weekend for rugby all over the world, an even better weekend for Philippine Rugby after having two local Filipino teams take out two of the four championship divisions,”said Matt Cullen, head coach of the PTS Clark Jets and PRFU director of rugby.

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