Hey, Barbados! Rugby returns to the historic Garrison…

The Barbados Rugby Football Union kicked off their 2015-6 interclub season on Saturday, September 5, 2015 as their four clubs took to the pitch.
Things got off to a rocky start for the Renegades as they forfeited their opening match due to lack of players.

Their opponents, the venerable Scorpions, resplendent in new kit, literally walked off with the match points, but team and union management organized a match using borrowed players. This fixture will not count towards the competition but served to knock some of the summer rust off the experienced players, and give the rookies some much needed match practice. Scorpions dominated the scoring with a final count of 38-10.

Their opponents, the venerable Scorpions, resplendent in new kit, literally walked off with the match points, but team and union management organized a match using borrowed players. This fixture will not count towards the competition but served to knock some of the summer rust off the experienced players, and give the rookies some much needed match practice. Scorpions dominated the scoring with a final count of 38-10.

Last season’s champions, Emperors RFC, faced Tridents RFC in the second fixture, with veteran referee Rommell Parris officiating.

This match got off to a quick start with speedy Trident and national seniors’ player Jae Bowen making one of his trademark sprints for the opening try, while Le-andro “Ice Man” Jordan converted.

Emperors quickly responded with the agile national u19 player Brandon Walcott putting up a try for five points. The subsequent conversion was no good.

Bowen and Jordan teamed up once more to increase the Tridents' lead to 14-5. After restart, Emperors employed the skills of Simon Noble and Mikyle Walcott to regain the ball, passing off to Enrique Oxley who drove over the try line while Brandon Walcott's reliable right leg added two more points. The score was now 14-12 to the Tridents.

Bowen and Jordan teamed up once more to increase the Tridents’ lead to 14-5.
After restart, Emperors employed the skills of Simon Noble and Mikyle Walcott to regain the ball, passing off to Enrique Oxley who drove over the try line while Brandon Walcott’s reliable right leg added two more points. The score was now 14-12 to the Tridents.

Big Akeem Harding (Emperors) used his mass with impressive agility to regain the ball after the kick restart, but had the ball ripped from him by the equally sizeable Raj Edwards of Tridents. The much smaller Brandon Walcott somehow got the ball for Emperors once more, and working with teammates Mario Holder and the omnipresent Enrique Oxley, notched up another try while Walcott’s kick was good.

Apparently the Emperors were remembering last season’s form and more points from Mikyle Walcott, and Abdeel “Sniper” Giles took the score at half time to 28-14 in their favour.

Second half action included points for Emperors from Simon Noble, Brandon Walcott, Mikyle Walcott and David Carter.

Tridents fought back with fervor and discipline, with newcomers John Millar (two tries) and Jermaine Bynoe, veterans Ramoun “Juice” Downes and Raj Edwards all racking up points in a determined effort to even the score.
Full time score was 63-48 to the defending champions Emperors, who saw a number of cards – one red, two yellows, handed out by the referee. Tridents’ Jordan and Emperors’ Daniel “Danny Ram” Ramsay also suffered injuries that forced them to the sidelines and will take a couple of weeks to heal.

Notable players: Jae Bowen – Tridents – three tries
Brandon Walcott – Emperors – three tries, one conversion
Le-andro Jordan – Tridents – two conversions
John Millar – Tridents – two tries
Mikyle Walcott – Emperors – one try, two conversions

Play continues on Saturday, September 12 at 2:30pm when Scorpions face Emperors, with Renegades v Tridents scheduled for 4:00pm at the Garrison

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