Saturday, July 4, 2009

Test Rugby. Asia Nations Division 3

The Final
Guam v Philippines in Manilla

The host nation staked a claim to the title for this tournament with a convincing 15-0 win mid-week against previously undefeated Iran. Guam were also convincing in their 23-3 win over Indonesia.

Previous Encounters
05.07.2008 Philippines 20-8 in Guam (Asia Regions)
27.06.2007 Philippines 39-3 in Manilla (Asia Nations Div.5)
20.05.2006 Philippines 18-14 in Guam (Asia Tournament Div.5)

GWC Rugby Rankings: Asia Table-Philippines 12th, Guam 17th

Prediction: Philippines by 12 points.


Guam Squad
Paul Claros (Captain) , Steven Sablan (Vice captain), Anthony "TJ" Ada, Gerard Aguon, John Arceo, Nathan Baza, Edward Calvo, Vinson Calvo, Leonard Calvo, Jeremy Cepeda, Billy Chennaux, Ryan Claros, Paul Eustaquio, Kepueli Katoa, Conrad Kerber, Robert Leon Guerrero, Ryan McManus, Randy Mendiola, Brandon O'Mallan, Earl Pascual, Matthew Sgro, Matthew Toves, Anthony Villena, William Williams.

Coach: William Hetaraka ... &Itemid=18

and thanks to ‘Quentin’

Philippines team not as yet available

Playoff 3rd-4th
Indonesia v Iran in Manilla

This will be an interesting clash between the world's biggest Muslim nations. Their rugby community is as yet still very small but growing. Iran were undefeated in their short international rugby history until mid-week when they lost 0-15 to hosts Philippines. Indonesia lost 3-23 to Guam also mid-week and I would expect the Iranians to win, sending Indonesia to the 2010 Asia Nations Division 4.

GWC Rugby Rankings: Asia Table-Iran 13th, Indonesia 17th

Prediction: Iran by 28 points

Teams as yet unavailable

1 comment:

  1. Great win for the Philippines and I predict that Iran will see themselves promoted next year.