Mills says there’s more to come
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.