Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 12 November 2019

Dubai Tigers get claws into Knights Eagles while Exiles maintain winning start to UAE rugby season

The division’s newcomers scored five tries as they beat Dubai Knights Eagles 27-16 at Dubai Sports City

Dubai Tigers continue to establish themselves as a competitive force in top-flight rugby in the region, after picking up their second West Asia Premiership win on Friday.

The division’s newcomers scored five tries as they beat Dubai Knights Eagles 27-16 at Dubai Sports City.

Tigers have quickly proved themselves to be a valuable addition to the Premiership, having accepted promotion this season after two years of success in the second-tier Conference.

After losing to champions Bahrain on the opening day, they pushed Abu Dhabi Harlequins in their second assignment, then sent a message of their arrival when they beat Jebel Ali Dragons next time out.

They consolidated that win with a success at the Knight Eagles that moved them to fourth in the seven-team table.

Cameron Larnder scored two tries for the Tigers, with Liam Caldwell and Nenad Grbic also crossing. Jamie Clarke scored the fourth try that gave them a bonus point, before being substituted in the second half after suffering a broken finger.

The previous evening, Dubai Exiles had continued their impressive start to the campaign, as they beat Jebel Ali Dragons 34-13 at the Centre of Excellence.

It meant that, after four matches so far, the Exiles are the only undefeated side in the competition.

Updated: November 9, 2019 08:08 AM

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