Bahrain Rugby Football Club’s (RFC) first XV continued their 100% start to the West Asia Premiership season last night, as they earned a 52-16 win over Dubai Eagles in Saar.
First-half tries from Lindsey Gibson, Elliot Behan and the returning Terrence Tantoh put Bahrain into a 17-10 half-time lead and they pulled away in the second period with five further touchdowns to emerge over an Eagles outfit that has made significant strides since its inaugural season last year.
Indeed, the hosts didn’t have things all their own way and in fact, it was the visitors who opened an early 0-10 lead to suitably silence the famously raucous home support.
Backing up from last weekend’s first league victory in nine seasons over perennial title contenders Abu Dhabi Harlequins was always going to be a big ask for Bahrain, particularly given the injury-toll in the back-line, but they stuck to the task manfully, with Deina Morete particularly impressive in his late move to scrum-half.
Serial poacher Lindsey Gibson – captaining the side with regular skipper Adam Wallace among the substitutes – was first on the scoresheet as he touched down off the back of a dominant maul.
Elliot Behan then went over in the corner to give Bahrain the lead for the first time and then Tantoh finished superbly down the left.
Dai Evans secured the four-try bonus point just five minutes after the restart and then his centre partner Jack Phillips nabbed the first of his brace of tries to put the game out of reach of the gallant Eagles.
There was still time for Jordan Viggers and Phillips again to touch down before Tommy Booth closed out the scoring to the biggest cheer of the day, all of which were converted by Wallace.