Quins beat Dragons with ‘com­plete’ game

Sport360 - - Beach Soccer - By Matthew Jones @Mat­tJones360 ✉ mat­tjones@sport360.com

Mike McFarlane called it “one of our most com­plete per­for­mances” af­ter Abu Dhabi Har­lequins beat cham­pi­ons Jebel Ali Dragons 38-20 to get back to win­ning ways in the West Asia Pre­mier­ship.

Quins, who suf­fered their sec­ond de­feat of the sea­son in Bahrain a week ago, bounced back, and in some style, as they beat Mike Phillips’ reign­ing cham­pi­ons by 18 points in the cap­i­tal.

“Phys­i­cally the boys were out­stand­ing and put all the small bricks to­gether to put in a per­for­mance we de­manded of our­selves af­ter an off week last week,” said McFarlane.

“It was one of our most com­plete per­for­mances. From one-22 we put in great shifts and I thought we dom­i­nated most ar­eas of the game, par­tic­u­larly the break­down. I’m re­ally happy with the for­wards and the plat­form they pro­vided the backs who fin­ished clin­i­cally.”

McFarlane was pleased but will look to head into the break for the Dubai Sev­ens with an­other win against Dubai Ea­gles next week.

“We’ve got a big week ahead now in prepa­ra­tion for Ea­gles who have pushed teams close this sea­son and we cer­tainly won’t be taking any­thing for granted,” he added.

Quins are four point be­hind Pre­mier­ship lead­ers Bahrain, who main­tained their ad­van­tage at the top thanks to an 88-7 trounc­ing of the league’s bot­tom side, Ea­gles.

“It was huge for us to keep build­ing mo­men­tum and build a strong po­si­tion points dif­fer­ence wise,” said their coach Louie Tonkin.

There is a new team in third place af­ter Dubai Hur­ri­canes beat Ex­iles in the Dubai derby – Mike Wern­ham’s men tri­umph­ing 36-25 at The Sev­ens to move onto 20 points, five be­hind Quins in sec­ond. Both Ex­iles and Dragons suf­fered their fourth defeats of the sea­son and they are fourth and fifth re­spec­tively on 16 and 15 points.

“It was one of our most com­plete per­for­mances” – McFarlane

You com­plete me: Mike McFarlane.

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