Here’s a round up from the weekend by Chris Bath of The Gulf Rugby Paper.

Two massive games of rugby this last Friday. Dubai Exiles and Abu Dhabi Harlequins both needed tries in their games. One to secure a title and the other just in case the other team didn’t. Dubai Exiles responded by dismantling a Dubai Hurricanes side (who will need a lot of ice baths before UAE Premiership matches next week) and the final score of 92 – 22, certainly ensured their party got off in style.Abu Dhabi did their part with a monstrous 108 – 7 mauling of Bahrain, who redefine the term ‘up and down season’, after a great start against Saracens.

Doha, who finished 3rd and were worthy in the defence of their title, did a similar cricket score number on Muscat with a 97 – 0 victory, but who will be highly commended for sticking out the first season back in the top West Asia tier.

Saracens finished off the WAC season with a neat 45 – 19 win over Dragons, all of which will make the restart of the UAE Premiership very interesting.

In the UAE conference, Dubai Sharks last league game fixture resulted in a 38 – 16 win over Saracens and ensured their 3rd plate final in 3 years. Sharjah Wanderers meanwhile traveled to Jebel Ali and not only wrestled home advantage for the conference cup final with an 18 – 3 win, but also laid down a small marker and psychological boost for next weeks final. Dubai Wasps will be a little sore and letting slip a good position and finish 19 – 17 down against Hurricanes and for the occasional bad day at the office could have finished a little better than their final 4th place after the split.

Tigers confirmed their final for the plate by beating Al Ain, 39 – 22 and that game will go a long way towards both teams final analysis of their season. Tigers regrouping after a slow start and Sharks who will want something to really show for the progress they have made this season.The community league is technically not over yet despite the Beaver Nomads v Dragons game, and the title being won, with one more week of fixtures to go.

This week Sharks 2 had a walk over win v Hurricanes and Sharks 3 lost 34 – 22 to Al Ain Amblers. The Harlequins 3s consigned the Goats to a 26 – 7 defeat, but the day has to belong to Beaver Nomads, who started strong and ended strong against the Dragon’s Super 3s who were determined to come to the party of a LONG awaited game.The final score 34 – 23 to the Beavers means they are UAE Community league winners, in their first year of 15’s rugby and the first year of the Community league.

Posted by The Gulf Rugby Paper on Sunday, 20 March 2016