Abu Dhabi Saracens rooting for Jebel Ali Dragons in Gulf Top Six clash with Doha
Doha have already secured their spot in the Gulf Top Six final against Abu Dhabi Saracens but there is still plenty at stake in their final league match against the Jebel Ali Dragons in Dubai tonight.
Victory will confirm home advantage for the championship game, but Saracens will hope the Dragons can do them a favour so the final can be played in Abu Dhabi.
Saracens are top of the table by virtue of Bahrain forfeiting their final match, but a win for Doha will changesee them reclaim first place.
Jaen Botes, the Saracens captain, says he will be rooting for the Dragons today.
“I am a guy for the sport and it won’t go with me in my own interest to favour some team,” he said.
“But we really hope the Dragons can pull something out of the bag and win this game for us.
“They are a great side and it is not impossible for them.
“It will need a lot of work as Doha themselves are a good side and if they click they will be unstoppable.
“We hope the Dragons pull it off so we will have our own final here. That would be fantastic.
“Having said that, it doesn’t matter where we play but we will take the most from the situation and achieve what we want to.”
Saracens’ hopes of securing a home final took an unexpected twist last weekend when Doha ended their unbeaten run with a 31-17 triumph. However, regardless of venue, Botes is delighted by the accomplishments of his team this season.
“Either way we are overwhelmed the club is in the final for the first time in their history,” said the South African.
“We have two major achievements this season — defeating Abu Dhabi Harlequins for the first time in the four-year history of the club and reaching the Gulf Top Six final.
“All in all we are humbled and very excited of our journey.
“We have a lot to learn from last game against Doha.
“We had a look at the video of the match and the majority of the points they scored was from our own mistakes. We will try to narrow those mistakes when we train this week.
“It was a good lesson for us and hopefully we can go wherever and play better next time.”
Botes said it was important the team stayed focused.
“We want to do what we do best, click as a group and stay together as a group and train hard,” he said. “We want to be best prepared going into a final. We don’t mind where it is going to be but we just want to make sure we are prepared for it and make the most of the opportunity.”
In today’s other game Abu Dhabi Harlequins meet Dubai Hurricanes.
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Published: March 12, 2015 04:00 AM