Dubai Tigers Roar to Victory, Secure Home Final in West Asia Premiership

From the onset, the Tigers seized control of the game with an electrifying first-half performance spearheaded by the dynamic duo of Sakiusa Naisau and Niko Volavola

In a clash that pulsated with intensity and significance, the Dubai Tigers roared to a resounding victory against their arch-rivals Bahrain, securing a coveted home final in the West Asia Premiership.

The clash, held under the floodlights of Al Sufouh on Friday night, was nothing short of a rugby spectacle, showcasing the epitome of skill, determination, and championship spirit.


The anticipation surrounding the showdown was palpable, with both teams having already cemented their berths in the season decider, dominating the cross-border competition throughout the campaign.

However, this encounter was more than just another match; it was a battle for the critical advantage of hosting rights in the upcoming final, scheduled for April 13.

From the onset, the Tigers seized control of the game with an electrifying first-half performance spearheaded by the dynamic duo of Sakiusa Naisau and Niko Volavola.

Naisau, in particular, showcased his prowess with a scintillating hat-trick of tries, setting the tone for his team’s dominance on the field. Volavola, equally impressive, added to the onslaught, leaving the Bahrain defence in disarray.

As the match unfolded, the Tigers unleashed a relentless offensive onslaught, with Charlie Taylor, Esekaia Dranibota, and Nick Cliffe joining the scoring frenzy, propelling their team to an imposing lead.

With seven tries to their name, the home side demonstrated their offensive prowess and signalled their intent to claim the coveted Premiership title.


Despite the Tigers’ commanding lead, Bahrain displayed commendable resilience, launching a spirited fightback in the latter stages of the match.

With their backs against the wall, the tourists mounted a series of blistering attacks, breaching the Tigers’ defence and notching three tries of their own. The late surge served as a testament to Bahrain’s unwavering spirit and determination, refusing to concede defeat without a fight.

However, amidst Bahrain’s late resurgence, the Tigers showcased their defensive resolve, weathering the storm and maintaining their composure under pressure.

Despite losing two players to the sin bin in the closing stages, the Tigers stood firm, ultimately emerging victorious with a comprehensive 41-28 triumph.

The result not only cements the Tigers’ status as the favourites for the Premiership title but also provides them with a crucial psychological edge heading into the final showdown.

With the advantage of home turf, the Tigers will look to harness the energy of their passionate supporters as they strive to clinch championship glory.

As the dust settles on a captivating encounter, rugby enthusiasts are left eagerly anticipating the culmination of what promises to be a thrilling season.

With the Dubai Tigers poised to battle for supremacy on their home turf, the stage is set for a memorable finale in the West Asia Premiership.


This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

Tariq Saeed


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