Muscat Rugby Stuns In Season Opener Against UAE Shaheen
Muscat Rugby Football Club, current Gulf Conference Champions, successfully opened their season in Dubai on Friday evening against UAE Shaheen. MRFC’s team dominated in all areas of the game to finish with a strong win of 53-0. Throughout the game Muscat applied the pressure needed to keep Muscat’s opponents at bay.
MRFC’s dominance in the set play of the game was evident at every turn, with a particular strength in the forward pack which disrupted UAE Shaheen’s ability to protect its own ball. Thanks to new coaches bringing the team together and making them work closer as a pack, the team showed they are a force to be reckoned with. All players gave it their all though a particular mentions go to Macdara O’Ciardha and Jonathan Young in the forwards, and Gareth Osborne in the backs, all of whom went over and above to seal the victory.
Joey Maniel, team captain for this season was understandably happy with the result, ‘We went to the UAE knowing that Shaheen would give 110% and we weren’t disappointed. They gave it their all but by the time the final whistle went Muscat had shown resolve, commitment and the level of fitness we have trained for. I’m very happy to be defending the championship with such a strong start.’
With the help of funding from MRFC’s main sponsors, Muna Noor, Grand Hyatt, OUA and Hamptons International MRFC were able to conduct a comprehensive pre-season training programme that paid dividends on the field of play this weekend.
MRFC looks ahead to its next fixture in 2 weeks’ time against Bahrain and hope to continue their winning ways on their path to defending their Gulf Conference title.