x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Resurgent Hurricanes overwhelm Muscat

Victory marks the latest step in the return of a side who had been the dominant force in Gulf rugby until losing their Premiership crown last year.

DUBAI // James Ham and James Tometski did little to solve the debate as to who is the most reliable kicker in the Gulf as both starred with the boot in a comprehensive Dubai Hurricanes win over Muscat at The Sevens. Most other sides in the region would be grateful to have either player in their ranks as their goalkicker. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes are spoiled for choice and currently let Tometski, the left-footed full-back, take the kicks from the right, while leaving everything else to Ham. Tometski knocked over both of his two attempts in the seven-tries-to-three win over the side from Oman, while Ham landed five on his way to a match haul of 16 points. Victory marked the latest step in the resurgence of a Hurricanes side who had been the dominant force in Gulf rugby, until they surrendered their Premiership crown to Abu Dhabi Harlequins last year. A woeful start to this campaign meant they are already out of the running for silverware this term, but they did hint at a return to their best against Muscat. Chris Gregory, the captain, and Duncan Murray, the playmaker who was making his first start for his club after serving a lengthy ban for a spear-tackle early in the season, both crossed the whitewash. @Email:pradley@thenational.ae