No-show leads to forfeitures

It might well have been Friday the 13th for two of the four competing clubs in the Barbados Rugby Football Union’s (BRFU) league last Saturday.

Last year’s champions Emperors RFC were unable to field a full team at the pre-match deadline and suffered the ignominy of forfeiting the match and the points to archrivals, Scorpions.

Enrique Oxley (in yellow, with the ball), wins the lineout for Emperors, despite the efforts of Scorpions’ Wayne Scantlebury.
Enrique Oxley (in yellow, with the ball), wins the lineout for Emperors, despite the efforts of Scorpions’ Wayne Scantlebury.

The clubs and the BRFU’s executive decided to have a match anyway –– not for points or standing in the competition –– and used a few borrowed players to give everyone a much-needed run out to keep in shape.

Sadly, lightning struck twice in the same place as Renegades RFC then had to forfeit the scheduled 4 p.m. fixture against the Tridents. And once again, it was decided to hold a “fun” match to get in some practice.

Scrum half Justin Newton-Gadsby of Emperors RFC prepares to put the ball in, as his teammates (in yellow) scrummage against Scorpions (in blue).
Scrum half Justin Newton-Gadsby of Emperors RFC prepares to put the ball in, as his teammates (in yellow) scrummage against Scorpions (in blue).

With no pressure as such, all the players were able to participate freely and provided the spectators with an entertaining afternoon at the pitch, with no rain to drive them away.

Competitive play continues this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Garrison Savannah when Renegades face Emperors, with Scorpions v Tridents scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.

Stephan Millar (with ball) on the attack, while Scorpions’ Shane Taylor prepares to tackle.
Stephan Millar (with ball) on the attack, while Scorpions’ Shane Taylor prepares to tackle.

These two matches will complete the first round of the league competition, which will continue into the new year, with a slight hiatus to allow the National XVs players to prepare for a crucial NACRA fixture away in the British Virgin Islands on November 7.

Source: (KD)

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