March 16th, 2018
Bahrain 24 – Kuwait 17
Games for our 2nd team are few and far between for our senior group of rugby players but when they do come around they are pretty special and we certainly make the most of them. Bahrain won a fiercely contested battle against Gulf rivals Kuwait who came to BRFC in high spirits with a strong team.
Our 2nd team was made up of a strong mix of 1st team squad players/ Golden Oldies and Colts and the team mixed really well just showing how much representing Bahrain Rugby Club means to them. The pride, passion and bravery certainly showed in abundance and the club are extremely proud of their efforts.
The Kuwait backline looked huge and extremely physical and probably were 2 stone to a man heavier than Bahrain’s backline, but that didn’t matter as the young Bahrain team tackled for their lives for the 80 minutes and consistently got up to fight after some huge tackles from the Kuwait centres. Our young backs looked dangerous for 80 minutes in particular our young full back Angus Drummond.
The game got off to a flying start with the Bahrain scrum and lineout looking dominant – a 30m driving maul set up a great sequence of play and the impressive outside half Joel Lewis put a well timed pass to man of the match and converted prop Callan Hope over the line for the games opening try. The try converted by Lewis.
Further dominance up front and some great pressure relieving kicking from Lewis gave Bahrain a 2nd score before half time by hooker Nic Young, a well worked Kuwait try by their impressive centre made the half time score Bahrain 12- Kuwait 7.
Talks of territory took priority at half time and using the dominant Bahrain set piece to create field position opportunities for further scores. The pressure came on from Kuwait in the second half and they put a huge amount of pressure on the Bahrain side out wide – but wings Hadi Ahmed and Ahmed Shehab had great days defensively along with the impressive efforts of centres Andrew Bardsley and Kern Wales snuffed out any further threats. Kuwait however were able to score two more tries by some loose play in the middle of the field but it wasn’t enough to win the game.
Two more good tries from 1st team prop Matt Mckee and a great solo effort from the impressive number 8 Arthur West made the final score Bahrain 24 – Kuwait 17. A great reception from a large home crowd was well deserved after a fantastic win for the Bahrain 2nd Team.
This win was a great achievement as it was only 2 years ago our 1st team would play and be run close against the Kuwait Scorpions – it really shows how much senior rugby has developed here in Bahrain. This Gulf Conference League is a great competition for our club and provides a great development tool to get senior players on the fringes of 1st team rugby much needed game time. It also gives us a competition to play our older Colts where we had three 18 year olds in our backline Friday and all had exceptional games, particularly Kieran Hanahoe who has been training with our 1st team squad all season and really seen the benefits.
This win puts us 2nd in the league now 5 points behind Doha 2s with a game in hand. If this young team can fight for a bonus point win in Muscat in the last round on April 6th they will finish joint top of the league which would be an incredible achievement!
Next 2nd Team Fixture: Gulf Conference Round 6 – Muscat vs Bahrain 2s (Away) – April 6th @ 8pm