In the morning the Philippines was up against Chinese Taipei. The winner would go through to the bowl final for 9th place overall against Kazakhstan.
Andrew Wolff scored the first try as the Bruneian girls in our section screamed, “Go Wolfie!” The announcer said, “Try to Wang Chung of Chinese Taipei.” He was a little confused. Then Mark Chatting scored his second try of the tournament, with a conversion by Harry Morris.
The Philippines was up 12-0 when Chinese Taipei scored two tries in a row to pull even. Just before the final whistle blew Justin Coveney grabbed the ball, ran flat-out and dove across the line, landing face-down on the pitch. Too exhausted to get up, he raised a hand and high-fived the referee. It was also his second try of the tournament, and Noel Flowers converted. This time the announcer got Noel’s name right—yesterday he was “Noel Fleur” and “Noel Fillers”.
The bowl final against Kazakhstan was in the afternoon. We asked some players what they thought of their chances.
Anything Patrice Olivier says is automatically adorable, so we asked him. (Everybody loves Patrice. The players freely admit it. “No,” Patrice says, “Some people hate me.” “Tell me who they are and I’ll have them killed!”)
Team captain Harry Morris assesses the Volcanoes’ performance at the Borneo 7s before the bowl final.
What our top try-scorers were doing before the match.
In the bowl final the Philippines lost to Kazakhstan, 0-7.
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