04 Jul SGS back from Easter Tour to Dubai
SGS College Women’s Rugby Academy arrived home from their annual tour.
This year’s destination was Dubai.
Wow! What an amazing experience for this group of girls. With the heat soaring above 40 degrees, SGS arrived in the UAE and were straight into action.
First of all was a visit to the world’s tallest building, the Burg Khalifa. After an afternoon touring the city, the girls ended the day at Jumeira beach where they played a light game of touch rugby before ending the day.
The next day, SGS travelled to the neighbouring city of Abu Dhabi for the first of three fixtures. The first was a series of seven’s games versus the British Schools of Al Khubairat. The scorching heat would be the biggest factor to overcome, but despite this SGS played some fantastic rugby and gave a lesson in physicality and off-loading rugby. The girls went four wins out of four and were able to recover in the hotel rooftop swimming pool.
Between games, the girls spent their time at the waterpark, jumping through the desert in jeeps and enjoying an Arabic BBQ on the beach. It’s not all fun and games….
The next of the three fixtures was a 15-a-side game versus the UAE Under-19 international side. Again, the heat in the mid-40s, this would be a real test for the girls.
The fixture was played at Al Ain Amblers RFC and was 75 minutes long with regular 15 minutes intervals for the girls to rehydrate. Going into half time, SGS lead 7-5 thanks to a fantastic team try which was finished by Vicky Foxwell.
SGS came out in the second half with a real intent to play fast running rugby. A step up in tempo allowed space and opportunities to open up for the girls and they managed to cross the white wash a further three times. An impressive and professional performance which was highly appreciated by the large crowd.
With the last day looming, SGS played their third and final fixture at the Dubai 7’s Stadium versus Dubai 7s Under-18s winners, The Dubai Exiles.
Again, a series of 7s games were played and SGS did not disappoint. Tempo of play, accuracy and good decision making made SGS unplayable. The Exiles tried their best to slow down the rampaging girls from England but they had no answer.
Again, it was a truly professional performance which was highly complimented by all who watched.
Dubai was an incredible experience and a very valuable one for those that toured. To learn about a different culture and to play in different environments was a great opportunity to reward the players’ efforts throughout the season.