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Fijians Help In Win In UAE

Dubai: The Al Ain Amblers Rugby Club in the United Arab Emirates continued their 2015 winning streak after the Under-18 team won the Sharjah Wanderers Youth Tournament last weekend. This
10 Mar 2015 08:58
Fijians Help In Win In UAE
The Al Ain Amblers Rugby Club

Dubai: The Al Ain Amblers Rugby Club in the United Arab Emirates continued their 2015 winning streak after the Under-18 team won the Sharjah Wanderers Youth Tournament last weekend. This was after they beat their number two team, the Al Ain Wolves 32-0.

Captained by Vanuabalavu and UAE 7s representative Jeremaia Baleilautoka Kilicanasau (Jnr), the side which also included fellow Fijians Aca Leveanasiga and Tomasi Tirikula from Kadavu and Vanua Levu native Sunia Tuirara Laladidi. They rattled the opposition in almost every game.

Despite losing their first game to Dubai College, the side laced with players from Syria, South Africa, Uzbekistan,USA, and Egypt, managed to beat Exiles 26-5, Hurricanes 33-0, before demolishing the Abu Dhabi Harlequins 28-0.

Coach Lario Raitilava said despite losing their first game, the side managed to regroup and dominated in the one day tournament.

Playing his first game for the club, Leveanasiga showed excellent balls skills and counter attacks, which his father and now Dubai-based school teacher Leone Leveanasiga has attributed to his sons earlier exposure at One Trill Hill College in Auckland.

“The family is proud, that Aca is now a member of the Al Ain Amblers and playing alongside his fellow Fijians,” Leone said.

Manager Jeremaia Kilicanasau (Snr) said despite the mix of international players in the team, team bonding and the ability to understand each other, were contributing factors to their good outing. They were able to communicate effectively on and off the field.

Tries for Al Ain Amblers in the finals against Al Ain Wolves came from Kilicanasau (Jnr) Leveanasiga, Obay Mohammad of Syria and Devante Steele of the USA.

Team elder Vilikesa Laladidi also expressed his gratitude to coach Raitilava and manager Kilicanasau and the team for maintaining Al Ain Amblers winning streak in the Emirates.

“As Fijians, we will endeavour to contribute further to the development of rugby in the UAE, and also join with other nationalities that continue to assist in building rugby in this nation,” Laladidi said. The Under 18’s Sharjah Wanderers Sevens winners will now prepare for the Knights and the UAE Rugby Federation League Games.

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