Philippines walk away with Asian Sevens title

Philippines walk away with Asian Sevens title

DANIEL Mathews top-scored with 16 points to guide the Philippines to a 41-7 win over Thailand in the Asia Sevens Trophy final at the Aspire ground last week.

Harrison Blake (10), Timothy Bweheni, Tommy Gilbert and Vincent Young all came up with five conversions as the Philippines earned a ticket to the Asia Sevens Series, to be held later this year. 

Pongsatorn Choaychoo (five) and Warongkorn Khamkoet (two) scored for Thailand.

The UAE came third, thumping Singapore 43-14.

The Philippines defeated Singapore 12-10 and Thailand overcame the UAE 19-17 in the semifinals.

The Philippines took no time to get going as Bweheni scored a try in the first minute and Mathews made the conversion.

Mathews added two tries of his own. So did Blake while Gilbert added one.

“We had lost to Thailand when we met last time, but the story was different in this tournament. We really wanted to win,” Philippines coach Frano Botica told Doha Stadium Plus.

Earlier, the seventh place play-off between India and Pakistan turned out to be a cracker. In the dying moments, when it seemed Pakistan would hold on to their 12-7 lead, Prince Khatri saved the day for India. He scored his second try, which was duly converted for a 14-12 victory. 

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