Philippine Volcanoes Beat UAE
I was surprised last week upon receiving an invite from FILA Philippines who sponsors the Philippine National Rugby Union Team. I was referred by a fellow blogger to the PR company who handles promotion of the Philippine Volcanoes, the team who competes for the Asian 5 Nations. Bloggers of different interests were there among the 5,700 spectators, a record high in the country, and cheered the national team with full enthusiasm. The Volcanoes won over UAE, 24 – 8, maintaining their spot in the HSBC A5N Top 5 competition. Though it was my first to watch a rugby game, I enjoyed every moment of it for its non-stop action and the pure energy every player possesses to stay on the game. The only sad thing about it I guess, is no game will end without any player being hurt or injured. The pace is fast as it involves running to and fro in a large playing field. You can imagine how these burly men train for each game.
As you can expect, I took a lot of photos for your viewing pleasure. If only I have a longer Canon zoom lens, I can share the experience to you up close and in great details. 🙂 Thank you FILAPinas for this awesome experience!
The Philippine Volcanoes
The Philippine National Rugby Union Team, nicknamed “Volcanoes,” is the country’s official representation to the international rugby union. With countless golds to their name, besting prominent countries in international tournaments, the Volcanoes have now become headliners in Philippine sports.
Today, the Volcanoes are the most successful team in the Asian Five Nations Tournaments, next to Japan. In the past five years, the Herculean squad has only lost one match, losing to South Korea in Division One in 2011. In 2012, the Volcanoes stormed into the Top 5 with an unbeaten run, besting Chinese-Taipei, Singapore and Sri Lanka in a round-robin series.
The Sport of Rugby Union
Rugby Union is a full contact team sport which originated in England in the early 19th century. It is traditionally played with 15 players on each side.
It is played with an oval-shaped ball on a field up to 100 meters (330 ft) long and 70 meters (230 ft) wide with H-shaped goal posts on each goal line. Points can be scored in several ways: a try, scored by grounding the ball in the in-goal area, is worth 5 points and a subsequent conversion kick scores 2 points; a successful penalty kick or a drop goal each score 3 points.