Nothing between top dogs
Abu Dhabi Harlequins and Bahrain played out a tense and tight 15-15 draw that served as an indicator that both teams will be fighting for silverware this season.
It was the best result yet for Bahrain against Quins since Louie Tonkin took over as director of rugby last summer, although victory against Mike McFarlane’s quintuple champions last season still eludes him.
All the points in Saar came from the boot, with Luke Stevenson kicking five penalties for the visitors and Luke Radley doing likewise for the hosts.
It was nip and tuck between the two juggernauts with Stevenson and Radley keeping the scores ticking over.
“It was a real battle, a fairly even game,” said Quins assistant coach Rory Greene.
“Scoring went fairly toe to toe. They went ahead and then we went up. It was neck and neck.
“The weather was hot and it was humid. The scoreline was probably a fair reflection of the game, played between two sides who really went at it.”
Stevenson added that he was happy to come away with two points, although he feels his side can still improve.
“It was a tight game, all the scoring coming from penalties,” said the Quins talisman.
“They played well and it was just to and fro with penalties, and tough conditions just making it a scrappy game. We’re reasonably happy to come away with a draw here, but we definitely have areas we were poor and need to improve in.”
Putting the boot in: Luke Stevenson.