UAE Rugby thrash Thailand to gain promotion to Asia Rugby Championship Division 1
UAE Rugby continued their devastating run of form to beat Thailand 70-18 and begin their journey to Rugby World Cup qualifying.
by Matt Jones
21st May 2016
UAE coaches Apollo Perelini and Yousuf Shaker [Credit: UAE Rugby Twitter]
The UAE will be back in the second tier of Asian rugby next season after a crushing 70-18 defeat of Thailand saw them promoted to Division II of the Asia Rugby Championship.
Apollo Perelini’s men made light work of a team that have proven to be a formidable foe in recent seasons, pulling away in the second half to seal promotion in style.
It was a second massive victory in four days for the UAE who had crushed tournament hosts Uzbekistan 65-13 on Wednesday.
Jebel Ali Dragons’ three-quarter Ryno Fourie got the UAE’s first score early on but it was tight contest for the opening 40 minutes, Thailand responding immediately to lead 8-7.
Two tries for another Dragon, Imad Reyal, saw Perelini’s men go in 21-8 at the break and a third Dragon, winger Ian Overton, touched down after the restart in addition to a second Fourie score to put the UAE in command at 35-15.
Dubai Exiles’ Charlie Sargent and Abu Dhabi Saracens’ Matt Hutchings were among the other second half scorers as the UAE cruised to victory and promotion.