Mar 20, 2015
Abu Dhabi Saracens crowned champions of West Asia
Abu Dhabi Saracens defeated Doha 26-20 in the Qatari capital to win the West Asia Cup and claim the club's first piece of silverware.
In a pulsating cup final, Saracens showed great resilience to score a late try and deny Doha the victory in front of their home crowd.
The Saracens Global Network side were contesting their first final in the club's history. Doha had finished one place above Abu Dhabi in the Gulf Top Six and the grand final would decide who would be crowned champions of West Asia.
Doha took an early lead, after a scything run and offload from Dilanka resulted in the first try of the final - Doha failed to add the conversion.
Saracens responded with a converted try of their own just minutes later. Reeder’s conversion was good and Abu Dhabi took the lead.
Saracens scored another trademark catch and drive try, after Doha had nudged ahead with the penalty.
The UAE Sarries outfit went into the break 12-8 to the good and the opportunity to make history was within their grasp.
Saracens came flying out of the traps in the second period, scoring their third try of the final after some impressive play in the loose. The ever dependable Reeder slotted the conversion and Abu Dhabi Saracens extended the lead to 7 points.
Doha were the only side to beat Abu Dhabi in the Gulf Top Six this season, and they showed their quality with an impressive team try to take the lead.
With ten minutes to go, the final was moving towards a nail-biting conclusion. Bone crunching tackles from both sides got the crowd on their feet.
Abu Dhabi Saracens kept their composure and found themselves five metres out from Doha’s try line. Saracens went through the phases, probing for cracks in the Doha defence.
And find the cracks they did - brave Doha defence couldn't stop the men in black and Saracens touched down under the posts. Reeder wasn’t going to miss this one. Abu Dhabi surged into a 26-20 lead with just minutes remaining on the clock.
History beckoned and Abu Dhabi Saracens kept their cool to see the game out, claiming the West Asia Cup and their first piece of silverware in the club's history.
Final Score: Doha 20 Abu Dhabi Saracens 26