Noth­ing be­tween top dogs

Sport360 - - Regional - By Matthew Jones @Mat­tJones360 mat­

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.

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