Rugby in focus
Emperors win, Scorpions and Renegades draw
Rugby was very much the focus of attention over the weekend as both senior players and students of the game took to the field.
Scorpions, Renegades, Emperors and Tridents were in action at the Garrison Savannah last Saturday with Scorpions and Renegades battling to a 20-20 draw while the Tridents were embarrassed by Emperors, 80-0.
After Scorpions and Renegades fought to their draw in the first fixture of the day, the 4 p.m. kickoff of the second encounter saw Emperors and Tridents take to the field. But this second match ended prematurely about ten minutes into the second half when a series of injuries left the Tridents with fewer than 10 players out of 15. The hapless Tridents were soundly beaten 80 – 0 as the Emperors ran riot with try after try. Romuald “Mu” Allart scored a hat-trick, ably assisted by teammates Che Springer and Mikyle Walcott.
The Barbados Rugby and Football Association was also out and about during the week with its Get Into Rugby sessions which is targeting both primary and secondary schools, introducing the sport to students or enhancing the skills of those already exposed to the game. Among the schools visited was Princess Margaret Secondary where numerous students showed a keen interest in learning the rudiments of the game. Trinidad and Tobago’s Kwanieze John led the sessions with the youngsters.
Scorpions, Renegades, Emperors and Tridents entertained a sevens team from HMS Severn, a Royal Navy corvette, this evening. This event was billed as Friday Night Lights –– Sevens on the Savannah.
This event, as well as the selection match scheduled for tomorrow, will serve as preparation for the upcoming North America & Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) Champsionships. The Barbados national men’s XV will travel to Guyana to play on March 7 in the first match, while Trinidad and Tobago will play Barbados at the Garrison Savannah on March 21.
Tomorrow in addition to horse racing, the assembled crowd will witness the Barbados Select A & B players fighting hard for a spot on the NACRA team. League play will be suspended until March 28, due to the NACRA fixtures and several overseas teams who will be visiting in early March.
The Good Luck team from Martinique, the college team from Harvard Business School and the veterans’ South Shore Anchors team from Boston will all be visiting Barbados in March, but the highlight of the month will be the NACRA fixture against Trinidad on March 21. There is no love lost between the Bajans and the Trinidadians and the action is expected to be intense and entertaining.