Emperors reign

Rugby champions get new season of with winning start

The Barbados Rugby Football Union (BRFU) kicked off their 2015-2016 Interclub season over the weekend in mixed fashion with Emperors defeating Tridents 63-48 and Renegades forfeiting their encounter against the Scorpions.

The Renegades club suffered the ignominy of losing out to Scorpions because of insufficient players to start the match. Scorpions, resplendent in their new kit, were disappointed not to get the chance to mix it up on the field though they did not leave the Garrison Savannah without seeing some action.

The team and the BRFU management organized a match using borrowed players. However, the fixture will not count towards the competition but served to knock some of the summer rust off the experienced players, and give the rookies some much needed match practice. Scorpions dominated the match that ended with a 38-10 scoreline.

It was then time for the real contest to start and last season’s champions Emperors RFC faced off against the tough Tridents RFC outfit with veteran referee Rommell Parris officiating.

The match got off to a quick start with speedy Trident and national senior player Jae Bowen making one of his trademark sprints for the opening try, while Leandro “Ice Man” Jordan converted.

Emperors quickly responded with the agile national Under-19 player Brandon Walcott putting up a try for five points. The subsequent conversion was no good. Bowen and Jordan teamed up once more to increase the Tridents’ lead to 14-5.

Action during the encounter between Emperors and Tridents.
Action during the encounter between Emperors and Tridents.

After restart Emperors employed the skills of Simon Noble and Mikyle Walcott to regain the ball, passing off to Enrique Oxley who drove over the try line while Brandon Walcott’s reliable right leg added two more points. The score was now 14-12 to the Tridents.

Big Akeem Harding (Emperors) used his mass with impressive agility to regain the ball after the kick restart, but had the ball ripped from him by the equally sizeable Raj Edwards of Tridents. The much smaller Brandon Walcott somehow got the ball for Emperors once more, and working with teammates Mario Holder and the omnipresent Enrique Oxley, notched up another try while Walcott’s kick was good.

Apparently the Emperors were remembering last season’s form and more points from Mikyle Walcott, and Abdeel “Sniper” Giles took the score at half time to 28-14 in their favour.

Second half action included points for Emperors from Simon Noble, Brandon Walcott, Mikyle Walcott and David Carter.

Tridents fought back with fervour and discipline, with newcomers John Millar (two tries) and Jermaine Bynoe, veterans Ramoun “Juice” Downes and Raj Edwards all racking up points in a determined effort to even the score.

The defending champions Emperors saw a number of cards –– one red and two yellows. Tridents’ Jordan and Emperors’ Daniel “Danny Ram” Ramsay also suffered injuries that forced them to the sidelines and they will take a couple of weeks to heal from their bruising encounters.

Play continues this Saturday at 2:30p.m. at the Garrison Savannah when Scorpions face Emperors and Renegades scheduled to take on Tridents at 4 p.m.

Game stats summary:

Jae Bowen – Tridents – three tries

Brandon Walcott – Emperors – three tries; one conversion

Le-andro Jordan – Tridents – two conversions

John Millar – Tridents – two tries

Mikyle Walcott – Emperors – one try; two conversions (KD)

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