While there is still a long way to go until the 10th February Conference league split, only one win (4 points) separates 4th (Tigers) from 8th (Wasps) in the league. Dropped games now means the 7 weeks left of fixtures (this weekend inclusive) could spell bottom 5 plate rugby. Add to that scenario that 9th placed Amblers have potentially been strengthened by their first team leaving the premiership and the conference league certainly looks a coach’s nightmare.
This weekend’s conference League Kukri ME previews and ..
Heartbeat Tigers v Dubai Hurricanes
Both these teams last matches were comfortable wins over Saracens. For Hurricanes, it was their first win of the season and it might give them the boost they will need to take on Tigers who play at home. Tigers faltered against Knights 3 weeks ago and have a habit of losing concentration in the game. Hurricanes likewise have not found any form this season, but the Saracens win, bottom team or no, may remind them of how to win games. This will be a close encounter.
Our Prediction – Hurricanes win.
Dubai Exiles v Dubai Wasps
Without risking the social media wrath of predicting an Exiles loss, on paper this game would not look any further than an Exiles win anyway. Laying 2nd and undefeated, the Exiles at home will be confident, comfortable and always with the 50th year celebrations in mind, on a mission. Wasps acknowledge they need wins. A loss here, will see them slide further away from the middle table and things could get drastic. However, this is a team that can do it and if ever there was a game to make a point, they are looking at it.
Our Prediction – Dubai Exiles win.
Dubai Sharks v Abu Dhabi Saracens
The Sharks should be confident enough by now to start targeting games for points. This, like other teams before them, should be a BP win. Sharks are 6th with a game in hand. A nice position but tenuous nonetheless. Saracens will do what they always do. Set out to spoil everyone’s party and snatch a win to have one of their own.
Our Prediction – Dubai Sharks win.
Arabian Knights v Al Ain Amblers
The next team to see what the aftermath of Amblers premiership withdrawal promises is Knights, who have had some good performances, even is just falling short of the wins. Knights are at home and while Amblers have never had issues with traveling, Knights do enjoy Sport City. For Amblers, this will be the result the rest of the league will look out for this weekend; a big win and the statement is clear, Al Ain Rugby is looking for consolation.
Our Prediction – Amblers win.
Sharjah Wanderers v Jebel Ali Dragons
Must be the game of the weekend in the conference. Sharjah lost their year- long unbeaten streak against Exiles and have had a week to think about it. The Dragons (the team Sharjah beat to win the conference last season) will be not only looking for revenge, but are currently on a hot run of form themselves. Sharjah will know this will be a massive game, not only for the league, but also to keep the aura of invulnerability. They may have only lost one game and Top 6 still looks probable, but wining is sometimes about making other teams think they have already lost.
Our Prediction – Dragons win.