Emperors & Scorpions Rule In Rugby Action at Garrison

Three weeks into the inter-club competition of the Barbados Rugby Football Union, Emperors RFC remain undefeated at the top of the standings, despite a slow and painful start to last Saturday’s match against Renegades RFC. Minutes after the 2:30pm kickoff last weekend, the Emperors found themselves under severe pressure as the quick and determined Renegades powered past the flimsy defence and Ramoun “Juice” Downes touched down for the try of the match. Brandon Walcott’s attempt at conversion was no good.

The Renegades pressed forward again with a vigorous sequences that carried them past the 22metre line. However, contentious exchange with referee Rommell Parris earned Emps' captain Jeren "Blinki" Clarke a swift yellow card and a 10-minute stint in the sin bin. Continuing disorganized play by the Emperors, plus effective tactics and execution from the Renegades led to another try from David Carter, despite Emperors' Simon Noble putting up a solid if solitary attempt at defence.

The Renegades pressed forward again with a vigorous sequences that carried them past the 22metre line. However, contentious exchange with referee Rommell Parris earned Emps’ captain Jeren “Blinki” Clarke a swift yellow card and a 10-minute stint in the sin bin. Continuing disorganized play by the Emperors, plus effective tactics and execution from the Renegades led to another try from David Carter, despite Emperors’ Simon Noble putting up a solid if solitary attempt at defence.

The half-time score was 10-0 to the Renegades. After the restart, spectators witnessed an Emperors turnaround of major proportions. David Burke (younger brother of Scorpion’s speed demon Dario Burke) outfoxed the opposition to dot the ball down. Emperors’ captain, “Binki” Clarke, still smarting from his first-half penalty, tasted sweet revenge with the help of Ché Springer and Dorian Browne to level the score. Scrappy play from Brandon and Darien Walcott, “Juice” Downes and other Renegades was stoutly overcome by a concerted attack from Daniel Ramsay that put the Emperors ahead 15-10.

Romuald “Mu” Allard and Enrique Oxley combined their talents and speed for another Emperor try. With his team firmly in control of the match, Oxley broke away from defenders for a beautiful sprint and potential try that was unfortunately for his team, called back due to a forward pass earlier in the sequence. It was a bad day for the kickers as none of the attempts at conversion succeeded. Final score Emperors 20 – 10 Renegades. With four tries in the match, the winners also receive a bonus point.

The later match saw Tridents facing off against Scorpions in a contest of experience versus enthusiasm. The men in blue (Scorpions) opened their offensive with two rapid-fire tries from big man Raj Edwards, jumping out to a 10-0 lead. Rommel "Angry Bird" Moore put his years of experience to good use by overcoming several attempted tackles to score a vital try, while Leandro "Ice Man" Jordan successfully kicked the conversion. With the score at 10-7, Tridents' Corey Elcock snapped up an errant ball and swiftly accelerated towards the Scorpions try line, only to have the ball stolen by Dario Stoute who sprinted home for a beautiful try! Veteran Denniston Shepherd of Tridents took this as a personal insult and literally ran over a number of Scorpions to prove that age is only a number and to push Tridents into the lead.

The later match saw Tridents facing off against Scorpions in a contest of experience versus enthusiasm. The men in blue (Scorpions) opened their offensive with two rapid-fire tries from big man Raj Edwards, jumping out to a 10-0 lead. Rommel “Angry Bird” Moore put his years of experience to good use by overcoming several attempted tackles to score a vital try, while Leandro “Ice Man” Jordan successfully kicked the conversion. With the score at 10-7, Tridents’ Corey Elcock snapped up an errant ball and swiftly accelerated towards the Scorpions try line, only to have the ball stolen by Dario Stoute who sprinted home for a beautiful try! Veteran Denniston Shepherd of Tridents took this as a personal insult and literally ran over a number of Scorpions to prove that age is only a number and to push Tridents into the lead.

The match quickly turned into a rolling, rushing end-to-end battle, with returning veteran Harold Bynoe and relative newcomer Rommel Byer of Tridents facing off against experienced powerhouse Scorpions Stephen Millar and Kevin Murrell. There were several feisty encounters between the fast and slippery “Ice Man” Jordan and Dario Stoute in the kicking contest that followed. Trident Matthew “Willows” Willoughby scored a try and leveled the points at 17-all.

Dario Stoute made another breakaway run to put Scorpions ahead, and was pleased to add another in quick succession, achieving a hat trick! By now, this match had morphed into a basic shoot-out, with tries and conversions coming fast and furious! If you blinked, you missed something vital and entertaining. Harold Bynoe (Tridents) scored twice more, and while Neil Forde (Scorpions) and "Ice Man" Jordan (Tridents) kept the scoreboard ticking over. Each side displayed considerable skills in ball-handling and tactics, with hard tackles and some outstanding footwork drawing noisy admiration from the on-lookers.

Dario Stoute made another breakaway run to put Scorpions ahead, and was pleased to add another in quick succession, achieving a hat trick! By now, this match had morphed into a basic shoot-out, with tries and conversions coming fast and furious! If you blinked, you missed something vital and entertaining. Harold Bynoe (Tridents) scored twice more, and while Neil Forde (Scorpions) and “Ice Man” Jordan (Tridents) kept the scoreboard ticking over. Each side displayed considerable skills in ball-handling and tactics, with hard tackles and some outstanding footwork drawing noisy admiration from the on-lookers.

Stephen Millar and Dario Stoute (Scorpions) opened up a commanding lead with another try each, but faced sturdy competition from the “Ice Man” who went on to score with his boot as well as by touching down the pigskin. As the shadows lengthened on a truly lovely Saturday afternoon, the gathered crowd was treated to a master class of club rugby, but eventually Raj Edwards sealed the deal for his club with a late try. Final score Scorpions 49 – 38 Tridents, with the bonus point going to the victors. Dario Stoute ended the match with four tries (beaver trick), while Raj Edwards had a hat-trick (three tries).

At the end of the first round of the League Competition, the standings are as follows:

  • Emperors – 15 points (3 wins + 3 bonus points)
  • Scorpions – 10 points (2 wins + 2 bonus points)
  • Renegades – 5 points (1 win + 1 bonus point)
  • Tridents – 1 point (bonus point for scoring 4 or more tries)

The BRFU is vigorously preparing to travel to Guyana for their first NACRA tournament match of 2015 (on March 7), while Trinidad and Tobago will face the Bajans here on March 21. The rivalry between these three teams is legendary so spectators can expect an exciting and hard-fought match.

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

Comments

add a comment

Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.