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Guam tops Indonesia in rugby

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by Dave Delgado

Guam - Congratulations to Guam's Men's National Rugby Team for picking up the win against the Indonesian Rhinos 38-17 over in Malaysia in the HSBC Asian 5 Nations Division III Semifinals. Team Guam led 19-3 early on behind tries from Steven Sablan, Vinson Calvo and Paul Estaquio. Gerard Aguon made good on 3 conversion kicks to keep Guam ahead. Indonesia would score twice and convert two kicks to trail 26-17 at the half.

Estaquio and Jesse Manglona scored 2 more tries in the second half to keep Team Guam's championship dreams alive. Estaquio ended the match with 3 tries while Gerard Aguon finished with 8 points off of 4 conversion kicks. India will now face Guam in the Finals set for Friday June 1st at 4:30 pm. This is the first time the two teams have met head to head in the HSBC Asian 5 Nations and just the third time overall.  India holds an edge with one win from the past two encounters in 2007, while the teams drew 8-all back in 2005.

Willie Heteraka, Team Guam's coach, told KUAM Sports, "We skipped the ruck to be up 19-10 in the first half and they really dug deep to and I was very impressed. They put us under bus to be up 19-17 and then we scored 1 right before the half and I was really impressed with the guys."

Santos added, "We came hard and we came fast and we gave it all we had. Our opposition was really good so we didn't want to underestimate them. That was pretty much our game plan, just go hard and play them like they were our best team."

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