UAE rugby team needs to beat Philippines to avoid relegation

Japan's Takashi Kikutani (C) is tackled by UAE's Renier Talbot (R) and Steve Smith during their Asian Five Nations rugby match. (AFP)

The Emirati rugby team meets Philippines next Saturday in a vital match that will decide whether the UAE will remain part of the Asian Five Nations, The National reported.

The UAE coach Duncan Hall told the newspaper he was impressed by his team’s “improved performance” against Japan.

“The guys know what they have to do in the Philippines and that is win the game, whether it be by one point or 10 points, it doesn't matter,” Hall said.

“We are going there to win. Our players manned up [against Japan]. As a coach, you want to see your players improve and we achieved those things [on Friday night].”

The Asian Five Nations, known as the HSBC Asian 5 Nations, is an annual international competition held between the top five national teams in the continent. It was first held in 2008.

The UAE has witnessed heavy defeats in the competition; the last one was against Japan on Friday night.

“It was the best performance we have put in against Japan in the last three times we have played them, so we have reason to be happy about it,” said Renier Els, the UAE captain.

The UAE captain told the newspaper that it all relies on how they play in the Philippines.

"They have a strong attacking backline, which we will have to match. [Against Japan], we had to focus on defense but we know you can't win games without the ball," Els said.
 

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