A nightmare season can still have a happy ending for the Philippine Volcanoes this Saturday night.
The Philippines takes on the United Arab Emirates in the final match of the 2013 HSBC Asian 5 Nations at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. Both teams have lost all three round-robin games going into the match up.
The Philippines were overran 121-0 by Japan in their first outing, then hung with Hong Kong for a half before falling 59-20.
Last week the Philippines (ranked 56th in the world) traveled to Ansan in Korea and were mauled by Korea Republic 62-19.
UAE (ranked 96th) suffered a 53-7 hiding to start their season, lost at home to the Koreans 75-10 then fell to Japan 93-3. That loss gave Japan its sixth consecutive top-flight title.
The “wooden spoon” recipient, or last-place finisher in A5N, Asia's top tier, is relegated to the A5N Division One, the second tier. Either UAE or the Philippines will be replaced in the top flight by Sri Lanka, who won Division One this year.Read More »from Rugby: PH Volcanoes look to avoid relegation against UAE