Congratulations to Abu Dhabi Harlequins on winning the West Asia Premiership League Title.
Now however it comes down to fighting it out for the Cup titles. There are 2 titles this season. A main Cup and a Trophy.
This round of fixtures saw Abu Dhabi hosted Bahrain on the 17th at Zayed Sport City, but even with a 45-17 loss, Bahrain will finish 3rd and play Doha in the 3v4 semifinal of the playoff for West Asia.
Abu Dhabi Saracens made it to Jebel Ali Center of Excellence where the Dragons finally got to have a home game after a few months (welcome back the ‘Dragons’ chant). The weather paid little respect to the occasion and the practice kicks from the 22 barely made the posts, so try conversions were always going to be a minimum. It is always odd when the wind is like this, that teams still kick near the sidelines at kick offs, presenting a couple of law discussions between the referee and his AR.
Saracens scored first with an electric burst of pace down the wing, but Dragons soon got back a try and pretty much had the run of the game from there on in. Saracens had patches, but some injudicious offloading wrested away solid opportunities and Dragons (for once this season), where clinical with their chances.
Dragons won the game 29 – 12 and with that confirmed their 2nd place on the UAE Premiership league table and a place in the final on 7th April at Sport City. The win ensured Dragons 4th spot in the West Asia standings and means they play Harlequins in the Semi finals on the 24th.
- WA Cup SF1: Abu Dhabi Harlequins (1) vs. Jebel Ali Dragon (4)
- WA Cup SF2: Doha (2) vs. Bahrain (3)
- WA Trophy SF2: Dubai Hurricanes (6) vs. Abu Dhabi Saracens (7)
Dubai Exiles get a bye in WA Trophy SF1 for finishing 5th and will host the winner from WA Trophy SF2.
Home advantage for the West Asia Cup will go the team with the highest ranking going into the semi-finals weekend.