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Action from all three leagues on a wet weekend in the Emirates
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Team of the Week – RAK Rugby
A tough decision on team of the week with all matches going to form this weekend. We’ve gone for RAK Rugby in recognition of their clash with DSC Eagles 2s being the game of the round, RAK needing a late try to rally past Eagles on their home patch 29-32. A loud contingent of away supporters ensuring the occasion had something of a cup final atmosphere. While last week’s loss to Dragons 3s has likely knocked RAK out for contention for the actual Community league cup final, they have cemented a credible fourth place finish and have plenty of positives from this campaign to build on in to next season.
West Asia Premiership
Banana skins were successfully avoided by the title chasers this week. Abu Dhabi Harlequins put pay to city rivals Saracens in a one-sided contest at Zayed Sports City, while Jebel Ali Dragons were also emphatic in dispatching Dubai Hurricanes to keep pace in the Premiership and consolidate top spot in the West Asia Championship. The West Asia standings have seen the emergence of a ‘big four’ this year with Bahrain underlining their credentials by coming away from Sports City with an impressive 54-8 win over DSC Eagles. They, together with Exiles, Dragons and Harlequins will contest the playoffs while a hefty 18 point gap separates these four from Hurricanes in fifth.
Several games fell victim to cancellations this week with Arabian Knights home fixture with Jebel Ali Dragons 2s in the bottom half, the only match to go ahead. Dragons emerged victorious but the hard fought 31-17 scoreline will offer the Knights some encouragement as they head in to their wooden spoon decider with Dubai Sharks.
RAK’s trip to Sports City was the only match of the round and in securing the points late on, they still stay in with an outside shot of making the final should sides above them suffer any upsets in the final round of fixtures. Bottom side Eagles 2s are surprisingly still yet to chalk up a win in the Community League. In six losses they have still managed to claim five bonus points which indicates that they have been lacking a bit of luck to turn performances in to results. They will have an opportunity to put this right next week away to Saracens 2s who sit just one place above them in the standings.
Article by: Huw Harrow