Jordan’s growing reputation as a rugby playing nation was highlighted by an excellent showing at the Dubai Rugby 7s this weekend.
Three teams travelled to one of the world’s biggest rugby festivals and returned home with some excellent showings from the three days of action.
The Nomads led the way for Jordan, qualifying through to the knock-out stages of the Trophy with two wins from three matches, only losing to eventual champions Heartbeat Sport Tigers.
They won their quarter-final match against Yalla Kukri 14-10 before missing out on a place in the final following a 14-5 semi-final defeat against Multiplex Bulls.
Amman Citadel narrowly missed out on the knock-out stages of the same competition despite winning two from three matches in their tough Group stage. As third placed team they dropped into the Plate competition on Day Two where they beat Arabian Knights 29-0 in the quarter-finals but then lost their semi-final 12-7 against Dubai Wasps.
In the highly competitive Gulf Veterans section, the Amman Saracens reached the Plate semi-finals after an impressive run on Day One that saw them unbeaten with wins over Dubai Exiles and APB Dubai Sharks.
However, defeat in their final pool game to Doha saw them go into the Plate section where they won their quarter-final match against Bahrain Golden Oldies. In the end through, they succumb to Dubai Frogs in the semi-final 5-0.
But three semi-final appearances in three competitions represent a good weekend’s rugby for Jordan.