West Asia Rugby finishes off in style this weekend.
West Asia Rugby Premiership
The West Asia Premiership final will be held in Abu Dhabi this weekend. This year’s competition running in conjunction with the UAE Premiership has had some surprises and great matches but the Abu Dhabi Harlequins have remained strong from the start with only one loss and a draw from 10 games.
Below the Harlequins is where the real league story has been playing out, as Exiles, (last years winners) struggled for any form after the new year and Doha, who have been strong for a few years were having to battle out each and every match against a resurgent Bahrain, and Saracens, Hurricanes and Saracens sides, all of whom were capable of upset results throught the season.
In the end, the new play-off system which now gives us our first Cup and Trophy final for the West Asia Rugby Competition structure delivered 2 play off semi finals with a real edge and so it proved as Bahrain travelled to Doha as the 3rd seeds in the table. A scintilating match saw Bahrain beat Doha 34 – 33 and mark their first West Asia Premiership final since the old glory days of the the Arabian Gulf.
Bahrain now travel to Abu Dhabi to play the Harlequins (who beat the Jebel Ali Dragons at home) and even with home advantage the side from the Capital will not be taking their visitors lightly. Bahrain will be raring to make some history here and more than one or two outsiders might be backing the island team to cause an upset.
The stage is set, 5pm at Zayed Sports City.
Meanwhile, for those looking to stay in Dubai this weekend, old foes Dubai Hurricanes and Dubai Exiles will battle it out for the West Asia Trophy. A renamed plate final, but for the Exiles it will be some consolation for a beleaguered campaign and for Dubai Hurricanes, as chance at some sliverware after a few years watching from the outside.
Both sides came to the game courtesy of a bye and should be well rested for the match.
The West Asia Tophy final will be at the Dubai Sevens Stadium at 5pm
West Asia Conference
To add to the excitment, the West Asia Conference has come down to the last games of the season, where four teams will be playing in Bahrain and 2 sides waiting for the outcome of each others matches to see if they will win the title.
Kuwait who are second in the table will play the Bahrain Select (Firbolgs) and Muscat who are currently top of the league by 1 point, will play Saudi Select.
Muscat will need to win with a bonus point and their game is at 3pm, Kuwait, who may be cruely denied if Muscat score 4 tries and win, play at 5pm and will themselves need a bonus point win anyway. If Muscat win, but do not get a BP and Kuwait do, the conference winners may come down to points difference after a long and complicated season.
Great excitment and the Gulf Conference winners will also get a Trophy and medals this season.