DUBAI — Singapore have retained their place in Division One of the Asian Five Nations Rugby Championships after beating the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 30-13 at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai on Wednesday (Apr 23).

The Republic’s points came from tries by Luke McCabe (3) and Ed Carne, two conversions by Suhaimi Amran, and penalties each from Suhaimi and his replacement Stuart Larkin.
The result also means the UAE are relegated to Division Two, or the third-tier, of the Asian Five Nations — the Top 5 Division is the leading tier.
“The campaign has definitely been a success, with plenty of sacrifices from all involved. The players have contributed to a very tidy and competent team,” said Singapore head coach Inoke Afeaki, who is also the Singapore Rugby Union’s Technical Director.
“It was heartening to see the experience of Jon Lee, Daniel Marc Chow and Peter Mcfeely coming through with the fresh talent of the Marah brothers and Leonard Yap. The young guys really played out of their skins tonight.”
Co-Captain Muhd Zaki added: “The game was very physical, and the UAE gave us a hard time at the breakdowns but the team was resilient throughout against a more physical side. Preparations for next year must start as soon as possible, and we need to keep the momentum going.”

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Player’s Test CAP(s) After UAE

s/n Name Position(s) Test CAP(s)
1 Robertson, James Alexander Fair Prop / Hooker 4
2 Leonard Yap  Hooker/Flanker 4
3 Leong Rong Xian, Reiner Prop 4
4 Keith Tan Prop 1
5 Matthew Head Flanker 7
6 Alvin, Ho Yao Wei Prop 2
7 Wyillie, Murray James Lock 4
8 Julian Albert Michel Valette Lock 4
9 Chow Kwok-Ho Daniel Marc Lock / Flanker 9
10 Lee Junhao, Jonathan Flanker 15
11 Simon Bourke Flanker 1
12 Mc Feely, Peter William Backrow 9
13 Roberts, Matthew John (Rhino) Backrow 5
14 Mohammad Suhaimi Bin Amran Scrumhalf / Flyhalf 11
15 Marah Ishraf Scrumhalf / Flyhalf 1
16 Marah Fahmy Flyhalf 2
17 Stuart Lakin Flyhalf/Center 1
18 Edward Carne Center 1
19 Matthew Pardo Center 1
20 Samuel, Lau Biyong Center 3
21 Muhammad Zaki Bin Mahmood Fullback / Winger 14
22 Luke D B McCabe Winger / Center 1
23 Jay-Hykel Jailani Winger 1