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 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 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.
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.