RUGBY BARBADOS SEVENS GOES UNDEFEATED IN POOL – LOSES IN FINAL
Barbados Select Rugby Sevens recently competed in the Halifax 7’s tournament in Halifax, England. The team won their four pool, quarter- and semi-final matches as follows:
4 group matches:
- Game 1: 22 vs. 0 Scots Guards (eventual plate winners)
- Game 2: 35 vs. 0 Halifax
- Game 3: 43 vs. 7 Crag Rats
- Game 4: 19 vs. 12 Edge Hill Uni Beavers (group decider)
Quarter final: 21 vs 10 Bradford Salem
Semi final: 7 vs 5 Aldwinians
In the final, the team was down to eight players with only five players without some injury. Barbados lead 19-7 only to run out of steam in the second half, losing 24-19 to Caldy Rugby Club (winners previous two years).
Kurt Johnson, the UK-based manager, said, “It was a gutsy performance starting the tournament with nine players, due to last minute problems and then getting down to eight for the last two games. I am really proud of the boys.”
Selectors reviewed the video from the Halifax Sevens tournament and a locally-hosted tournament held on July 28th before naming the squad for the RWC Sevens World Cup qualifier in Ottawa, August 25/26, 2012. The squad, announced on August 1st, includes four Barbados-based players, in addition to eight of the UK-based players that competed in the Halifax Sevens.