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UAE THRASHES THAILAND TO WIN THE ASIA RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP AT TRUE ARENA

UAE THRASHES THAILAND TO WIN THE ASIA RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP AT TRUE ARENA
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UAE THRASHES THAILAND TO WIN THE ASIA RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP AT TRUE ARENA
UAE THRASHES THAILAND TO WIN THE ASIA RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP AT TRUE ARENA

The UAE sealed a return to the second tier of continental rugby with a resounding win over Thailand in the final of Asia Rugby Championship Division 2 on Saturday.

The national team scored eight tries as they thrashed the host nation 50-12 in Hua Hin.

Stephen Ferguson, Kini Natuna and Matt Richards led the way with two tries apiece, while captain Luke Stevenson and Jaen Botes also crossed.

The tournament victory marked an eye-catching return to Test-match rugby after a two-year hiatus for the Emirates. Despite losing all three matches and finishing bottom of Division 1 back in 2017, UAE had been due to stay in that tier of the game a year later.

The team clearly suffered little for their extended time away. They started their Division 2 campaign by thrashing Guam 82-7 in a polished opener on Wednesday.

After that 12 try thrashing, they began the final in the same fashion to which they had left off two days earlier, with a sparkling first-half display.

The success was the biggest winning margin in the eight-year history of UAE rugby, but they appeared on course to better that as they reached the halfway point of the final 45-0 up.

The scoring slowed in the second half, though, as the humid conditions began to show on a touring side who had made their greater bulk tell in the opening phase.

UAE THRASHES THAILAND TO WIN THE ASIA RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP AT TRUE ARENA
UAE THRASHES THAILAND TO WIN THE ASIA RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP AT TRUE ARENA
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UAE THRASHES THAILAND TO WIN THE ASIA RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP AT TRUE ARENA
UAE THRASHES THAILAND TO WIN THE ASIA RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP AT TRUE ARENA
UAE THRASHES THAILAND TO WIN THE ASIA RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP AT TRUE ARENA
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