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Rugby: India beat Philippines 11-3

July 02, 2007 14:59 IST

India whipped Philippines 11-3 in their second and last league tie in the triangular Asian Nations Division 5 Rugby series in Manila on Sunday.

India made a splendid second half rally after trailing the hosts 0-3 at the end of the first half of the Rugby International held at the Nomads Sports Club ground.

Emil Vartazarian, hero of India's 47-0 rout of Guam in the lung opener in Mumbai earlier this month, converted a penalty in the second session to restore parity after the visitors were down by a fourth minute penalty scored by Philippines Ron Pena.

India scored the first try of the match in the 23rd minute through Mukarram Faizullabhoy before Vartazarian clinched the match with a drop goal in the 29th.

India thus made it back into Group 4 from which they were relegated last year after losing to Thailand and Malaysia.

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