Another exciting round of rugby took place last weekend with the Conference and Community leagues in action with a couple of big upsets coming in the Conference league.
There were 5 matches that took place in the UAE Conference all of which proved to be entertaining affairs.
UAE Conference Rugby
There was a big upset as the Exiles 2’s ended a year long unbeaten run for the Wanderers 1st XV, a hugely impressive display saw them win 21-3, a huge blow to the Wanderers who are looking for back to back titles.
The underdog Sharks 1st XV managed a determined 20-14 win against a shocked Harlequins 2’s side. Down to 13 men, the Sharks spent the final 10 minutes pinned back in their own 22 but somehow managed to prevent a Quins try which would have given them a kick to win the match, a huge defensive performance from the Sharks.
A re-organised Amblers 2nd XV finally found their feet this season beating the Wasps 1st XV 16-15. The Wasps now have an uphill battle to make the top 6 of the conference this year.
The Dragons 2nd XV cruised to a comfortable 62-7 win against the Knights 1st XV who have struggled to string together any form so far this season.
The Saracens 2’s continued their extremely tough start to the season with a 52-14 loss to a dominant Tigers 1st XV side, having won the Bottom 6 tournament last year the Tigers will be hoping to force their way into the top 6 this year.
UAE Community Rugby
In the UAE Community League Shaheen 1st XV had a seriously tough day in the office at the hands of the Beaver Nomads 1st XV, being blown away by a huge 88-0 scoreline.
The Wasps 2’s showed a great display of rugby to beat the Amblers 3’s 5-29. The third and final match of the weekend saw the Harlequins 3rd XV grind out a 22-14 win against a determined Sharks 2s side.
A Look Ahead
Thursday night sees the Jebel Ali Dragons 1st XV take on Saracens 1st XV up in Abu Dhabi in a re arranged Premiership fixture.
On Friday the rescheduled UAE Conference Round 1 match – Hurricanes 2nd XV vs Saracens 2nd XV should see some great rugby played, while the rest of the leagues have a week off.
By Tom Davies