Catch up on last week’s Conference and Community League action and find out who were Yalla Rugby’s Team of the Week…
The Conference is shaping up to be a competitive league this season, which is emphasised by the fact that after three rounds, the top six teams are separated by just three points. Sharjah Wanderers preserved their 100% status with a 62-0 win over Dubai Sharks 1s, but having only played two games thus far they have to settle for fourth place. Dubai Exiles 2s, who claimed an impressive away victory to Abu Dhabi Harlequins 2s, top the table on points difference from Dubai Hurricanes 2s, the Canes themselves enjoying a comprehensive 61-7 win over Arabian Knights. In the weekend’s remaining fixture Dubai Tigers ran out 41-24 victors over Al Ain Amblers 1s who despite putting up over 50 points in their first two games, are still hunting their first win.
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If you wanted entertainment this weekend, the community league was where to find it with three fixtures yielding a whopping 246 points. Beaver Nomads and Jebel Ali Dragons 3s both made it two wins from two against RAK Rugby and Abu Dhabi Harlequins 4s respectively and head the standings. Elsewhere Abu Dhabi Saracens responded superbly to their opening day 0-65 reverse to the Dragons with a morale boosting 76-17 win over Al Ain Amblers 2s – indicating that they may yet be contenders this season.
Team of the Week – Dubai Exiles 2s
Looking to bounce back after seeing a late penalty condemn them to a narrow 7-8 home defeat to Dubai Tigers last week, the last fixture Exiles 2s would likely have asked for is an away trip to reigning Conference champions Abu Dhabi Harlequins 2s. To go to Zayed Sports City and not just win but do so comfortably by 34-5 lays down a real marker for the remainder of the season and earns them top spot after week three. Whether the Exiles can maintain this level of strength in depth in coming weeks will be interesting to see, with their 1s having racked up 125 points in their opening two Premiership fixtures it is an impressive start to the campaign for the club.