U19’s go down fighting – USA South A Team Rout Bajan Rugby Boyz

Barbados just met USA South A in the second round round of the annual NACRA (North America Caribbean Rugby Association) U19 tournament.

Things got off to a rocky start as the Americans snatched possession right after kick off and played a highly organized series of phases leading to a quick 3-0 lead for them. The Bajans were on the defensive after that penalty and were immediately forced into their own half at the restart, and only some desperate defence prevented another score by the Americans. Unable to get their own game going, the Bajans were soon down 6-0, after another penalty.

Things got off to a rocky start as the Americans snatched possession right after kick off and played a highly organized series of phases leading to a quick 3-0 lead for them. The Bajans were on the defensive after that penalty and were immediately forced into their own half at the restart, and only some desperate defence prevented another score by the Americans. Unable to get their own game going, the Bajans were soon down 6-0, after another penalty.

Their heavier players dominated the ensuing rucks and their driving runs sucked in the Bajans, leading to repeated threats from their wingers. Good defensive pressure by the Bajans caused a dropped ball which was hacked on by Darien Walcott for Mitchell Morris to touch down, for Jake Caddy to convert from wide out, giving the Bajans the lead 7-6. This was Morris’s first international try, as he has followed in his father Ricky’s footsteps representing his country in international rugby.

Unfortunately USA South A responded with some very good structured rugby, which combined with some lethargic defence by the Bajans, allowed the USA in for four rapid-fire tries, giving them a halftime lead of 32-7.

The start of the second half was delayed for about one hour by a thunderstorm, lightning being about the only form of bad weather that delays a rugby match.

The start of the second half was delayed for about one hour by a thunderstorm, lightning being about the only form of bad weather that delays a rugby match.

After the break, the wind was now assisting the Bajan Boyz and a long kick off drove them deep into USA territory. However, the much heavier pack weight of the USA players gave them a huge advantage in the scrums and the hometown players were able to clear the ball back up field. The Bajans managed to create three scoring opportunities in the second half, but each time were unable to put points on the board. The good news was that the Bajans also shut down the aggressive USA South A attack, keeping possession in the opponents’ half for all of the second half.

The Rugby Boyz should be proud of their performance, despite the disappointing final score of 32-7, the same as at half-time.

The Rugby Boyz should be proud of their performance, despite the disappointing final score of 32-7, the same as at half-time.

The Bajan team is unique in that is contains one set of twins, Jake and Iestyn Caddy, as well as two novice players who are second generation national players. In addition, the eldest Caddy sibling, Liam, has represented Barbados in Rugby Sevens. The novice players are Zayn Nicholson, son of George Nicholson (former BRFU President), and Mitchell Morris, son of veteran player Ricky Morris. Darien Walcott is an experienced U19 player and his father Curwin has also played for Barbados.

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