The UAE will compete in next year’s Asia Rugby Championship Division I after beating Thailand 50-12 in the Division II final on Saturday.
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Division II final
With the hosts having beaten Kazakhstan and the UAE proving too much for Guam in the semi-finals, the final was always set to be a competitive encounter in Hua Hin.
But the UAE got off to a flying start, with captain Luke Stevenson giving them a 7-0 lead within three minutes.
Kinivilame Natuna and Matthew Richards both scored two tries apiece in the first-half giving the UAE an unassailable lead of 45-0 at the break.
The hosts hit back in the second forty with tries from Lattaphon Lormongkol and Thibaut Carcia giving the home crowd something to cheer, but a second from Stevenson ensured the UAE won the competition and moved a step closer to the top echelon of Asia Rugby.
Division II 3rd Place play-off
In the third place play-off Kazakhstan held off a spirited Guam to win 17-10.
In a tight content it was Kazakhstan who scored first through Onlsayn Turkenbek.
Turkenbek impressed in the match scoring a second try and extended Kazakhstan’s lead to 10-0.
Guam hit back however with a penalty and try from Chris Sgro, but Shorin Mikhail added a third for Kazakhstan which ultimately proved too much for Guam.
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