Rugby: Doha Maroon, Qatar Camels off to flying start

 09 Nov 2017 - 0:11

Rugby: Doha Maroon, Qatar Camels off to flying start
Joe Dharshan Goonethillaka (centre), from Doha Maroon, discusses team tactics ahead of the game against Blue Phoenix.

The Peninsula

Doha Maroon and the Qatar Camels head the leaderboard at the end of first round matches of the  Qatar Rugby Federation’s (QRF’s) newly-reformatted domestic XV’s competition, ‘The National Club Rugby Championship’.
Last weekend, Doha Maroon – Doha RFC’s men’s first team – stormed to victory, beating last year’s champions, Blue Phoenix, 74-3, while the Qatar Camels equally impressed with a score of 62-10 against Doha Gold – Doha RFC’s men’s second team.
After Round One, they lead the competition, with five points each.
Dave Ford, captain of Doha Maroon, said: “Up until this point, we – Doha Maroon and Doha Gold – have trained as one team. So the game against Blue Phoenix was the first time we’ve split into two playing squads this season, the first real opportunity to work on patterns, our set piece, line-outs, and scrums. And it all clicked for us today, we were clinical in all the right areas.
“We saw the Qatar Camels play this weekend – they’re a strong team. They’re sevens specialists, so they like big, open rugby, but it’s nothing our defence can’t handle. It’s going to be an interesting challenge, one which I know we are all looking forward to,” Dave concluded.
Yousef Al Kuwari, QRF President, said: “Overall, progress during a mixed lead-up to the start of the 2017/2018 season has been positive to see, especially in the way the teams have organised themselves and are really starting to contribute to this new era of rugby in Qatar.”
The action continues this weekend with all six teams in the league going head-to-head at Doha Football Rugby Centre (DRFC) – home of the Doha RFC teams – in Round Two of the QRF’s National Club Rugby Championship. Visitors will need to pay an entrance fee of QR50.