It wasn't pretty, but it was what the Philippines needed: a win to keep their 2015 World Cup dream alive.
On Saturday night the Philippine Volcanoes hacked out a scrappy but gutsy brownout-marred 24-8 victory over UAE at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in front of hundreds of enthusiastic fans.
With the triumph the Volcanoes finish fourth in the HSBC Asian 5 Nations Elite Division behind champs Japan, Hong Kong, and Korea Republic. That means they remain in the top tier of Asian Rugby and can still qualify for the 2015 World Cup in England.
The Gulf nation is relegated to the second-tier Division One and will be replaced in the top tier by Sri Lanka.
The Philippines scored four tries from Christopher Hitch, Gareth Holgate, Graeme Hagan, and Matt Saunders.
Hitch began the scoring in the tenth minute by peeling off a ruck near the tryline and bursting over for a score. Alex Aronson's conversion attempt from a tough angle was just wide.Read More »from Rugby: Philippine Volcanoes gut out win over UAE, stay in Asian top flight