If anybody was fearful about whether or not Dubai Tigers may arise to the rigours of West Asia Premiership degree rugby, they have been answered emphatically final week.
The newly promoted facet gave Gulf rugby titans Abu Dhabi Harlequins an almighty fright earlier than finally taking place 29-27 within the capital final Friday. It adopted a decent 39-5 loss by the hands of behemoths Bahrain on opening evening.
So whats in retailer for below the radar Jebel Ali Dragons in week three of the WAP this weekend? Extra of the identical, presumably. Tigers are already starting to earn their stripes after a second successive UAE Convention (now UAE Division 1) title was adopted with accepting promotion to the highest tier.
Dragons, in the meantime, are one thing of an unknown amount after they adopted glory in 2017/18 with an insipid title defence a 12 months in the past, a season wherein they lacked puff.
Its one other huge sport towards a great facet. We have now been enhancing week on week and this week we will solely look to do the identical, stated Tigers stoic however centered veteran Jamie Clarke, a former UAE worldwide who loved important success earlier in his profession with Quins and Doha.
We have been shut final week however couldnt get it over the road, so this week we simply attempt to be higher and then let the outcomes come from that.
Dragons sat out week two so can be raring to take a look at themselves towards Tigers, in accordance to coach Colin Phillips.
Its been a constructive week at coaching with new mixtures growing. The second group performances imply they’re making use of strain on the first group squad to carry out.
Everyones trying ahead to a tricky battle with Tigers.
Tigers and Dragons tussle at Dubai Sports activities Metropolis within the early kick-off on Friday, whereas one of many two different video games sees Bahrain in Dubai to tackle Exiles at The Sevens. This must be a luxurious showdown between the 2 sides who contested final seasons Premiership last.
Bahrain gained 14 of their 15 league video games final 12 months, crushed solely by Jacques Benades Exiles, who then ran them ferociously shut within the last whereBahrain finally scraped house by 23-21.
And Adam Wallace, new head coach of the champions, cant look forward to what he anticipates can be an in depth contest.
Had been actually trying ahead to it. Had been anticipating a giant problem and a great, bodily sport, stated the previous captain, who has stepped onto the sidelines this season.
They all the time go nicely at house and we all know they are going to be on kind after beating Hurricanes final week. That is the one sport we misplaced final 12 months so nicely be trying to go one higher this weekend and hopefully solidify our place as contenders once more this 12 months.
Massive video games like this are what its all about and its why you play the sport. You need to be in these tight contests and problem your self and if all of it goes nicely on the day and you get the end result you labored for, it makes it all of the extra rewarding.
We have now just a few points with unavailability and accidents this week so we now have a makeshift squad. However Im assured that whoever represents Bahrain on the weekend can be up for the problem.
In Fridays different fixture, Quins are additionally in Dubai at Knights Eagles. Quins will hope to make it three wins from three towards the newly-amalgamated outfit who’ve been handed a tricky begin to the season. They misplaced their opening pair of fixtures towards Canes and in Bahrain final week and can be hoping to keep away from conceding 50 factors for the third successive week.
From a first group perspective its an opportunity to go three from three towards a extremely stable Knights Eagles group who’ve maybe been somewhat unfortunate In earlier matches, stated Quins coach Niall Lear.
We all know we now have to be higher than we have been towards the Tigers – this week has been robust for the boys however I’m hopeful that come Friday evening we get the response and efficiency from the blokes we would like.
With just a few unavailable gamers we now have had to make some modifications and that may take a look at our squad depth however thats the identical for everybody on this league so no complaints. On a giant constructive we welcome again Chris McKee from harm and he’ll convey an actual power and enthusiasm to the group from the again row.
4pm Dubai Tigers v Jebel Ali Dragons
5pm Dubai Exiles v Bahrain
5pm Dubai Knights Eagles v Abu Dhabi Harlequins