Volcanoes erupt against Singapore in the Asian Rugby Championships
(Photo courtesy of the Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) Facebook Page)
Reserve Alex Aronson came up big for the Philippine Volcanoes as he steered his team to victory against Singapore in the semifinals of the 2015 Asian Rugby Championships last Wednesday at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Visiting Singapore got off to a hot start in the early going, building a 10-0 advantage into the midgame break.
In the second frame of action, the Volcanoes got the jumpstart they needed in offense, following a try from Terry Carroll and a penalty from Oliver Saunders to reduce the Singapore advantage to 10-7.
The visitors attempted to pull away once again, following a successful try and conversion from Singapore to bring their lead back up to 17-7.
With less than ten minutes to go in regulation, Aronson was awarded a penalty goal and converted it to cut the Singapore lead down to 17-10. He wasn’t done there, as he made good on a try and then scored on a conversion to knot things up at 17 at the end of regulation, forcing extra time.
In the second half of the added time, Singapore gave up a penalty, allowing Aronson to score on the kick and clinch the match for the Volcanoes.
The victory sends the Philippines into the ARC Division I final against Sri Lanka, who handily defeated Kazakhstan 35-14 in the semifinals. The final match is set for this coming Saturday, May 9 at the Philippine Sports Stadium.