Philippines through to the final
By Shamzeer Jaleel
Philippines 39 points
Sri Lanka 22 points
A far superior performance in the later half took the top seed, Philippines through to the final against Singapore on June 1 in their Asia Rugby Championship Division 1 encounter played in Taipei yesterday. Philippines who scored a 39/22 win.
At the short breather winners led 15/10.
Defending champions, Philippines drew first blood earlier in the second minute scoring a try through Rob Fogerty. Maduwantha penalty reduced the gap to 2 points but the number 1 team in the tournament hit back with a penalty through Daniel Matthews. Prasad Madushanka try and Thilina Wiesinghe conversion took Sri Lanka in to a 10/8 lead. Nippy scrum half, Tim Berry scored and Daniel Mathews converted take the short breather at 15/10 favor.
After the turn around Forgerty scored his second try Daniel added the extras. Further two tries were scored by Ned Stepenson and Justin Covenry. Umesh Madushanka and hard- working skipper, Omalka Gunaratne scored tries late in the second half. Maduwantha added the extras.
Singapore defeated Taipei 19/13 to secure their final berth on June 1.
Sri Lanka will play hosts Taipei to secure number 3 while Philippines will play Singapore to gain promotion to Top 3 in 2020.
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