his first outing as national Under-19s coach, Graeme Thompson’s new look team
coasted to their first series victory over a visiting US side from Narberth
some early nerves from the Cayman Islands which created an opportunity for the
Otters to earn the first points of the encounter, it was a fairly easy
afternoon for the Caymanians. The Cayman forwards were laid back in their
approach to the game and were rarely threatened with turnovers at the break
lock and BPC Buccaneer Harrison Foster was able to steal the bulk of the Otter
lineout ball. There was no lack of line outs to steal thanks to the pinpoint
kicking of Cayman flyhalf Morgan Hayward who was able to pen the Otters in
their half of the field with deep kicks time and time again.
there were a handful of familiar faces from the two time Caribbean Championship
winning U19 side created by technical director Richard ‘Grizz’ Adams and coach
Steven Clark, such as Justin Wight and Taylor Wright, it was young Hayward who
marshalled the game and barring one missed penalty kick had his hand in all of
Cayman’s points as they won 20-10.
only a day’s rest it was again the Morgan Hayward show in South Sound in the
second Test. He produced more fantastic kicking in open play and sniping runs
to open up gaps in the Narberth defence for players such as Sebastien Begot and
Tom Mann to race across the try line and open up a 35 point lead before the
final whistle. Cayman won 40-5.
series win for Cayman was always on the cards considering Narberth has only
existed since 2007 and this trip to Cayman was the club’s first taste of rugby
outside of the United States, but at times the plucky Americans asked serious
questions of Cayman’s desire to dominate all aspects of the game.