Mills says there’s more to come

Sport360 - - Regional - By Matthew Jones @Mat­tJones360 mat­

Dubai Ex­iles made a real state­ment with a thun­der­ous 40-7 de­feat of Dubai Hur­ri­canes on Thurs­day – with flanker Matt Mills claim­ing the play­ers are de­ter­mined to stamp their mark this sea­son.

Af­ter a woe­ful de­fence of their West Asia Pre­mier­ship and UAE Pre­mier­ship crowns last term, Ex­iles ex­ploded out of the traps a week ago with an 11-try dis­man­tling of Dubai Ea­gles in an 85-8 win.

It was dif­fi­cult to gauge Ex­iles’ progress from last sea­son with a rout of the league’s new boys, but a hand­some vic­tory against Mike Wern­ham’s Canes gave them and their op­po­nents a much bet­ter in­di­ca­tor of how dan­ger­ous they will be in 2017/18.

“We went out to make a state­ment and stamp our mark on the league,” in­sisted flanker Mills, who started against Canes af­ter com­ing off the bench against Ea­gles.

“We’ve worked hard over the pre­sea­son and it is pay­ing off now. Last week was a test of our pa­tience with this week be­ing a test un­der pres­sure. It seems we han­dled it well, how­ever we are not happy with the per­for­mance and know we can do bet­ter and will do bet­ter as the league de­vel­ops.”

Ex­iles romped to a bonus point vic­tory in hu­mid con­di­tions at The Sevens, scor­ing some scin­til­lat­ing tries. Youth prospect Rory Arnold was among the scor­ers, as was fly-half Du­randt Ger­ber, full­back Thi­nus Steyn, cen­tre Michael Stubbs and sum­mer ar­rival Shane Hart-Jones. Ger­ber con­verted three scores and added two penal­ties, while there was also a drop goal from Hart-Jones.

“We are pretty happy with the win,” added a ju­bi­lant Ger­ber. “We know noth­ing is won af­ter two games so there’s still work to do.”

Bit­ing back: Matt Mills.

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