And the Philippine Volcanoes, of course, in their A5N match against Hong Kong today. Allez, Patrice! And Kuya Michael of the amazing jaws, and Jake, and Matty Saunders whose parents we wish would adopt us, and everybody.
But a special shout-out to our friend Gareth Holgate, who was unfairly singled out in the news coverage of the match against Japan. Fine, he missed his penalty kicks. Sometimes you miss. What are you, perfect?
Go Gaz! We believe.
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iScreamed for the Philippine Volcanoes
by Brewhuh of House Blend
A few weeks back I asked my friends Diana and Ara if they wanted to watch the Philippine Volcanoes match at Rizal Stadium with me and they happily obliged. These are people who don’t know squat about rugby. Real troopers and great friends.
We were outside the stadium at 6pm. Ara mentioned that she needed to pee and all of a sudden we all needed to go to the ladies’ room. Is it contagious, like yawning? So we took a detour to SM and by the time we were in the stadium the crowd was growing steadily. As both teams were doing their warm-ups, I also did warm-ups for my lungs and vocal chords. Confession: I needed to let off steam so I went to an event that called for screaming. Well it was a good cause.
Celebrities spotted in the stands: Azkals Phil Younghusband and Simon Greatwich.
The opening ceremony was held, then we were off. The Volcanoes were very aggressive in the beginning, making the Hong Kong team lose their bearings a bit. We got the first points through Alex Aronson’s penalty kick. The crowd went nuts! I think my friends lost 85% of their hearing.
We got most of our tries during the first half. One of them was from Patrice Olivier, who was a monster: he carried half of the HK team over the try line!!! I went all Robin Scherbatsky and shouted, “Nobody touch our Patrice!”.
My friends and I cheered for the team during the lulls and something happened: I heard myself! My goodness, I am loud. I can probably call someone in the northern grandstand from the southern side hahaha. I think I scared some of the guys from the Manila Nomads—they kept telling Ara to make me calm down. Ahahahaha sorry, I had a gallon of coffee.
Diana : Dear, remember that we are ladies!
Ara : Ay oo nga pala, I’m wearing pink jeggings!
Me : GOOOOOOOO VOLCANOEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!
Diana : Bubbly, you might be asked to leave the premises. You scream like a jet landing.
Me : Why? I’m a Filipino. Born and raised here.
Ara : Oo nga naman…
Me : And I order extra riiiiiiiiiiiiiiice …go Volcanoooooooooooooooesssss!!!!
But Hong Kong showed us why they’ve been in the Asian Top 5 for years. After 80 minutes they beat the Philippine Volcanoes 59-20. Props to captain Michael Letts, Patrice Olivier and Alex Aronson for racking up our points. In 2011, when we witnessed the bloodbath of a Volcanoes test match against Hong Kong, I never thought we’d get to this level of play so fast. I think the Volcanoes shook things up a bit, which probably surprised Hong Kong.
To the Volcanoes, congratulations for frustrating the heck out of the opponents —quote straight from the mouth of a Hong Kong player. You did well today. All the best against South Korea and see you all again on the 18th against UAE!
P.S. To the referees who made those bad calls against the Volcanoes: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!! I will record my scream and send it to all of you.
Bring down the curtain, Lord Tywin Lannister.