THE Junior Volcanoes Under-16 and Under-14 teams won trophies in the Bangkok Asian Juniors championships.
The U16 Volcanoes won the Cup Division championships, defeating Malaysia in the final, 3-0, after sweeping the preliminaries.
Josh Aho and Reed Santos shone for the U16 side and coach Paul Retzlaff was pleased to see the squad play solid defense, noting the team conceded only two tries in six games.
“Defense wins championships and the Junior Volcanoes proved this,” said Retzlaff.
The Philippine U14 squad beat Thailand in the Plate Final, 19-10, with Keanu Faynot scoring two tries and Rand Santos kicking 3 conversions. The U14 Volcanoes wound up with four wins, a loss and a draw.
“Both the National U14 and U16 showed they can match it with the best teams in South East Asia… This was our first time to play in this tournament and we have certainly left a mark by winning in both divisions,” said Philippnie Rugby Football Union Director of Rugby Matt Cullen.
The tournament featured teams from Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong.