Tridents are rugby champs

Tridents RFC are the 2016 Barbados Rugby Football Union’s domestic league champions.

On Saturday in the final they defeated Emperors 22-15 in an exciting match-up before an appreciative crowd at the Garrison Savannah.

Emperors and Tridents in action in the final on Saturday.
Emperors and Tridents in action in the final on Saturday.

The Emperors drew first blood when a Tridents’ infraction allowed Simon Noble to kick a three-point penalty. The Tridents quickly responded with a determined attack that resulted in Jae Bowen scoring the first of his three tries for the evening. Rajiv Grant scored a try and Noble converted to push the defending champions to 10 points. On the other side, Bowen put another five points on the board and Kevin “Shakira” Carter converted, taking the score to 12-10 at halftime.

Emperors scrum half Mikyle Walcott (with ball) fending off a determined challenge from Tridents' Anquan Lynch.
Emperors scrum half Mikyle Walcott (with ball) fending off a determined challenge from Tridents’ Anquan Lynch.

After the break, Emperors went on the offensive and Grant scored once more, but Noble was unable to convert. After that, the momentum swung sharply in favour of the Tridents. Bowen completed his hattrick while teammate Sean Ward added another five points. Sadly, none of the second half tries was converted.

Despite some exciting defence in the face of determined and very skilled opponents, Emperors were unable to retain their 2015 title and went down to the challengers.

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