Bajan U19s impress with emphatic NACRA Tournament win
The 2015 edition of the North America Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) under 19 tournament got underway in Orlando, Florida with defending champions Mexico dishing out a merciless 29-8 drubbing to newcomers USA South B.
Turks & Caicos fired back with a try and a successful conversion to take a 7-5 lead in the first half. The action seesawed across the pitch with both teams struggling to maintain possession and get the ball across the try line for more points.
However, the Bajans not only defended ably but managed to take the lead, thanks to the quick actions of veteran Mikyle Walcott who stole the ball and blazed away for a try, during the dying seconds of the first half. A successful conversion from Iestyn Caddy closed off that first session, with the extremely happy Bajans leading 14-7.
Barbados opened the second half with a try by veteran Nick Daniel, which was followed by a penalty try from Darien “Duckhead” Walcott, giving Barbados a lead of 29-7. TCI changed their tactics and to the up & under (Garryowen) which gave Barbados a little trouble but the Bajans returned the ball downfield for Nick Daniel to score his second converted try.
Unfortunately, Daniel was subsequently given a yellow card, courtesy of the “No tolerance” ruling on high tackles, and was therefore denied any real chance at a hat trick.
However, his absence did not unduly affect his team-mates as just before the final whistle Nickolie Bonnett picked up a loose ball and ploughed through for a try wide out converted by Jake Caddy.
On Tuesday, July 14, Barbados will face USA South A in the next round of the tournament.