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Putting aside their concerns over the recent modifications to the rules governing water polo, Singapore opened their campaign in the men's competition of the 3rd Asian Water Polo Cup with a 22-2 win over the Philippines on Tuesday.
SINGAPORE: Putting aside their concerns over the recent modifications to the rules governing water polo, Singapore opened their campaign in the men's competition of the 3rd Asian Water Polo Cup with a 22-2 win over the Philippines on Tuesday.
Winger Yip Yang led the way for the Republic with five goals, as the hosts were clearly a cut above their opponents.
Nevertheless, Singapore captain Eugene Teo felt that even with a 20-goal winning margin, it was "not an easy game" against the Filipinos.
"We didn't expect the goal difference to be so wide," said Teo.
"We played well today and managed to execute much of what we have been training... and although we made a few mistakes and let in two goals, we were mostly able to cover for each other and show that we work as a team, which is the main importance of the game."
Singapore are aiming for a 25th consecutive gold medal at this December's SEA Games in Myanmar, but with the new rules set by water polo's world governing body FINA - which include making two-handed tackles illegal - not applying to this week's meet, national coach Lee Sai Meng had admitted that it would be difficult to gauge where his players stood in the region until they have competed under the new rules.
But he said: "Our first game was a good win and a good start to the competition. Our counter attack and defence were good, especially in the first two periods. The most important thing is that this team performed well overall."
Also making a winning start to the men's competition were Kuwait, who beat Sri Lanka 26-7, while Iran overcame China 10-6.
However, Singapore lost 21-1 to Asian giants China in their opener in the women's competition. Thailand beat the Philippines 19-7.