SINGAPORE - Singapore defeated the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 30-13 in Dubai yesterday morning (Singapore time) to retain their Division 1 status in the Asian 5 Nations.
The Reds (above) drew first blood after 10 minutes with a try by Ed Carne.
The hosts replied with two tries before Singapore debutant, Luke McCabe, scored just before half-time for a 19-10 lead.
Singapore's superior fitness told in the second half. McCabe completed his hat-trick of tries and successful penalty kicks by Suhaimi Amran and Stuart Larkin sealed the game 30-13.
The victory meant that Singapore would remain in Division 1, just one rung below the premier level that features heavyweights Japan and Hong Kong, for next year.
"This campaign has been a success, thanks to sacrifices from everyone," said coach and Singapore Rugby Union technical director Inoke Afeaki.
"It was heartening to see the experience of veterans Jon Lee, Daniel Marc Chow, and Peter McFeely melding with the fresh talent in the side.
"The young guys really played out of their skin tonight and I'm proud of them."