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Dubai College's James Capon 'electric' in the final with BSAK

The Abu Dhabi school loses 23-13 to Dubai College, as many players involved in their last game for their schools.

Dubai College's Fly Half and team captain James Capon. Jeff Topping / The National
Dubai College's Fly Half and team captain James Capon. Jeff Topping / The National

The British School Al Khubairat will be glad to see the back of James Capon, the blistering, sidestepping back from Dubai College.

Capon was the star of the show in the 26-0 rout of the Abu Dhabi school in the final of the Gulf Under 18 sevens title in December and he produced another virtuoso performance yesterday in the 15-a-side final of the U18 league, scoring two tries and setting up the other for Tom Summers, the centre, in a 23-13 victory.

And all this playing out of position at fly-half where he was moved from fullback as James Bywater is recovering from an operation.

"His running was sublime," Andy Jones, the director of sport at Dubai College said. "He was just too quick and agile. He has remarkable feet. He has the quickest feet and the most agility of any player we have had here. If he were to go to any elite club I'm sure he could make it professionally."

Ed Lewsey, the director of rugby at BSAK, acknowledged his side struggled to cope with Capon.

"The main difference was their fly-half," Lewsey said. "He was just electric and his class shone through. It was a plucky performance from us but the better team won."

Capon formed a makeshift halfback pairing with Sam Bullock and they displayed a remarkable telepathy.

"Sam Bullock creates the platforms so well," Jones said. "He is absolutely brilliant."

Bullock, who also scored in the sevens final and kicked an brilliant touchline conversion, yesterday, landed two penalties and a conversion.

"He has lot of potential," Lewsey said. "I spotted him very early on in the season and he has all the makings of a decent player."

BSAK were very much in the game at half time with the score at 12-10 but DC pulled clear in the second to record their second win over their rivals in a month. They won 12-10 at Zayed Sports in March and finished as deserved winners having remained unbeaten throughout the league season.

"I am over the moon," Jones said. "We just got our noses in front and stayed there. It was a very, very close game. BSAK were very, very strong but we kept applying the pressure and kept our noses in front. We are fortunate to have come out on top but we know next season they will be back."

The victory completed a fine year for DC who performed a clean sweep of all the UAE titles with wins for the U12s, U14s and U16s.

"We have had a remarkable season," Jones said. "We won them all for the first time. We are elated."

Lewsey, in his first season since replacing Lyn Jones at BSAK, was full of admiration for his opposite number. "It just shows the quality of the job Andy Jones has done at DC," Lewsey said.

BSAK had the consolation of finishing second in the league with sevens wins and three loses, two of which came against DC.

"We've prevailed against all the other teams but they have just had the edged on us," Lewsey said.

The match was the last for the school for several players, including captain Kyle Knox who scored his side's try with a charging 20m run from the base of a scrum. "Knox is a great athlete and a really intelligent player," Lewsey said. "He caused DC lots of problems and had a cracking game."

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