Camels 1 are Qatar rugby champions

 11 Apr 2016 - 0:16

Camels 1 are Qatar rugby champions
QRF President Yousef Al Kuwari poses with the triumphant Camels 1 team after the 2016 Qatar Rugby Sevens Cup finale at Aspire on Saturday. Pics: S Matramkot/The Peninsula  


Doha: Camels 1 were crowned 2016 Qatar Rugby Sevens Cup champions after defeating the Hurricanes 38- 12 in the finale at the Aspire Warm Up and purpose built rugby track on Saturday night.
The undefeated Camels team claimed the prize in emphatic style, winning all 14 of their matches becoming the first side to go unbeaten in a season.
The league finals were attended by the Minister of Energy & Industry H E Dr Mohammad bin Saleh Al Sada and Mohammad bin Tawar Al Kuwari, Vice-Chairman of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Hilal Al Kuwari, President Aspire Zone Foundation, Mohammad bin Mubarak Al Kuwari, Director Aspire Foundation Zone and Abudllah Al Khater, Events Manager Aspire Foundation Zone were also on hand to witness the history making evening.
The Camels made history by winning both the Cup title and the league title (56 championship points). 
For all their hard work the Camels are Qatar Rugby Sevens and Qatar Rugby Sevens League champions.
After 2 minutes of sustained pressure and missed opportunities, the Camels finally opened the scoring with Fijian youngster Isireli Biumaiwai who palmed his way for a try wooing the noisy crowd.
It did not take long before the Fijian connection was at it again. This time it was Orisi Sareki who took advantage of some sloppy defense and easily went in for the Camels’ second try.
The Hurricanes narrowed the lead when centre man Mark Chatting found himself in open space and crossed over the line. Tom Ayling was quick to convert to make it 12-7.
Badr Bakaddouri responded for the Camels with a tremendous individual try. The former long distant runner, who had never played rugby in his life until a few months ago, out ran his opponents in an 80 meters dash to the try line.
The try was converted by Hamza Sayed giving the Camels a handy 17-7 lead at the break.
The second half did not start any better for the Hurricanes who conceded three quick tries to the entire Fijian connection.  Biumaiwai and Sareki scored their second tries while captain Lliese Rakabu scored his only try of the evening. All three tries were converted by Sayed giving the Camels a 38-7 lead.
The Hurricanes determination saw Chatting cross out wide for his double. The conversion was unsuccessful. The final score Camels 38 Hurricanes 12.
After the match Camels 1 captain Rakabu thanked God and praised the QRF administration for the event. He said, “I want to thank God who allowed us to win this Qatar Sevens. I also want to thank the QRF for a great sevens series. It was well run and organised”.
Rakabu paid tribute to the Hurricanes and his team-mates.
 “I thank the Hurricanes for a great match they are always hard to beat. They never stopped coming at us with the ball and they know how to make us run. But I salute my team today,” he said. 
“They worked hard all season never complained about the training. We came here tonight and knew it wasn’t going to be easy so our training this week was even harder than normal. Well done to my boys who never held a rugby ball before and now they are the rugby champs,” he added.
DRFC – Hurricanes captain Isaac Banks though disappointed still found reason to smile. 
“I am extremely happy we are runners up because the Lions gave us a scare in the semis. It was great to beat them with a good win and finally face the Camels again. We played our best game of the season but unfortunately the Camels professional players were too good - congratulations to them on winning”.
Banks praised the Qatar Rugby Federation (QRF) and tournament organisers and later played tribute to his team. 
“I am overjoyed and proud of my team. We came together and achieved something pretty special. I think that’s what rugby is all about, the camaraderie you foster”.
He said, “We would like to thank the QRF and the referees for a great league and we look forward to participating again next year”. 
The best players for Camels 1; Lliese Rakabu, Isireli Biumaiwai, Orisi Sareki and Bakaddouri while the Hurricanes were best served by Mark Chatting, Tom Metcalf and Tom Ayling.
The Lions, earlier overcame Camels 2 in the Quarter finals 17-2. However, they could not continue their winning formula against the Hurricanes going down in the semi finals 22-12. Lions were best served by Mushin Faleel, Eranda Weerakoddi, Wade Momberg and try scores AndrewJansen  and Sudam Parinda. Andre Fouri was great in defense.
In the other matches played earlier, Camels 2 served Al Khor with their second defeat of the evening by beating them in the Plate Finals 33-10 while CNAQ accounted the Blue Falcons in the Bowl finals 24-10.   
At the conclusion of the finals QRF President Yousef Al Kuwari praised the sponsors of the rugby sevens.
 “It is important to know that our sport could not survive or reach tonight’s success without our partners and sponsors. As such I wish to thank the Qatar Olympic Committee, the Aspire Foundation Zone, the Aspire Logistic Department, the Aspire Parks administration, Aspetar, Copthorne Hotel and IEC.”
He then congratulated the participating clubs by saying: “The road to success is not an easy one. These men have sacrificed a great deal and have taken on the challenge to be the best rugby players of 2016. 
The Federation is proud of their achievement – congratulations to all of them.  Tonight there is no losers only winners.” The General Manager of the Copthorne Hotel Kabalan Frangieh was delighted with night’s performances and enjoyed presenting the Copthorne Hotel Man-of-the-Match awards to the players. 
“What an honour to be able to present such an award. The QRF has really brought rugby to the forefront with an exhilarating evening. It’s great to see rugby developing and the Copthorne Hotel is proud to be a partner the QRF and Qatar Rugby,” he said.The Peninsula