Abu Dhabi Saracens scored three tries inside the final 10 minutes to blow away Dubai Hurricanes and finally kick their UAE Premiership season into gear.
Sarries had been unbeaten at home for more than a year before last week’s bitterly disappointing 6-5 defeat at Al Ghazal to Dubai Exiles, but they got their season back on track on Friday night with a 35-16 win.
Jonny Taylor and joint head coach Stephen Hamilton both went over for two tries apiece in the bonus point win, which means Sarries have now won two and lost two of their games this season, a record that matches Canes.
South African summer signing Sean Stevens also went over on his league debut for the hosts, while UAE international Hassan Al Noobi added two penalties and two conversions.
Hamilton said: “It was very good to get back to winning ways, it was a positive evening for the Sarries family.”
Fellow joint head coach Craig Nutt hopes victory will be the catalyst to speak Sarries’ season.
“It was a good win. The game was the same as every team here at home. It was 60 minutes of hard graft to break them down but then they crumbled a bit so we’re happy,” he said.
“I hope that will kick start the season, fingers crossed.”
Chris Smith got the solitary try for the visitors, the rest of their points coming from the boot of Paul Beard.
“We were three points up with about 10 minutes to go and they ran in three tries with the bounce of the ball,” said a deflated Canes’ head coach, James Ham.
“We’re gutted as we had worked hard but didn’t finish the job and let them gain confidence.”
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