Winning start

Barbados defeat Turks & Caicos

Barbados made an impressive start to the North America Caribbean Rugby Association Under-19 Tournament in Orlando, Florida, during the weekend with a 43-7 win over Turks & Caicos.

Things started off a bit slowly, with the Bajan Rugby Boyz drawing first blood with a try from Jake Caddy, which his twin brother Iestyn failed to convert.

Turks & Caicos fired back with a try and a successful conversion to take a 7-5 lead in the first half. The action seesawed across the pitch with both teams struggling to maintain possession and get the ball across the try line for more points.

Turks & Caicos effectively shut down the Bajan offence on a number of occasions and things were looking a bit grim when key Barbados player Ellis Pinder-Young was given a yellow card for a high tackle.

No warning was given, just a straight yellow for the first offence, a policy that is somewhat different from previous competitions. If it wasn’t for some fine defensive work by Jake Caddy, Nickolie Bonnett and Shane Howard, Turks & Caicos would have taken a much greater lead.

Jake Caddy makes a timely tackle.
Jake Caddy makes a timely tackle.

However, the Bajans not only defended ably but managed to take the lead, thanks to the quick actions of veteran Mikyle Walcott who stole the ball and blazed away for a try, during the dying seconds of the first half.

A successful conversion from Iestyn Caddy closed off that first session, with the extremely happy Bajans leading 14-7.

Barbados opened the second half with a try by veteran Nick Daniel, which was followed by a penalty try from Darien “Duckhead” Walcott, giving Barbados a lead of 29-7.

Shane Howard (with ball) makes a move around the Turks and Caicos defence.
Shane Howard (with ball) makes a move around the Turks and Caicos defence.

Turks & Caicos changed their tactics and to the up and under (Garryowen) which gave Barbados a little trouble but the Bajans returned the ball downfield for Daniel to score his second converted try.

Unfortunately, Daniel was subsequently given a yellow card, courtesy of the “No tolerance” ruling on high tackles, and was therefore denied any real chance at a hat trick.

However, his absence did not unduly affect his teammates as just before the final whistle Nickolie Bonnett picked up a loose ball and ploughed through for a try wide out converted by Caddy.

Tomorrow Barbados will face USA South A.

In another game played, defending champions Mexico dished out a 29-8 drubbing to newcomers USA South B.

Source: (KD)

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