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New Years Roundup Of UAE Domestic Rugby
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Team of the Week – Abu Dhabi Harlequins 4s
For any club at any level to be able to put out four sides on a regular basis is impressive and Harlequins’ consistent ability to do so this season must rank as one of the best achievements in the UAE rugby game. Although winless in the first half of the campaign, Quins 4s had been far from whipping boys and this weekend they broke their duck with a 37-31 triumph over DSC Eagles 2s. We think this must be the first ever occasion on which a 4th team has recorded a win in UAE rugby and that sees them named our first ‘Team Of The Week’ for 2018.
The key game involving Premiership sides was a West Asian clash, which saw Bahrain’s unbeaten record finally fall to Jebel Ali Dragons. The Dragons had to come back from a 15-9 deficit on their own turf to edge out a 26-23 win, aided by an interception score. The win was not enough to keep the Dragons atop the West Asia standings though with Abu Dhabi Harlequins putting the Eagles to the sword 74-8 which sees the reigning champions top the West Asia standings on points difference and pull clear in the UAE Premiership.
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It is looking very much like a four horse race to qualify for this season’s grand final. Jebel Ali Dragons 3s enjoyed a comprehensive 71-27 win over Al Ain Amblers 2s, maintaining an unbeaten record that is matched only by Beaver Nomads. Abu Dhabi Harlequins 3s and RAK Rugby remain hot on their heels and indeed level on 20pts but having played a game more, both sides winning hard fought and high scoring encounters this weekend over Dubai Hurricanes 3s and Abu Dhabi Saracens 2s respectively. The remaining fixtures between these sides will likely define the final standings though plenty of sides will be out to upset the applecart before the dust settles.
Article by: Huw Harrow