American school Bishop Shanahan High returned to Cayman for the fourth time over the Easter weekend to play a series of rugby matches against the Cayman Under-19s.
Bishop Shanahan, a co-educational secondary school in Downingtown, Pennsylvania has enjoyed a rich rugby touring history since the club was founded in 1993 with Cayman being a preferred destination for the youngsters to test themselves against the Caribbean’s premier U-19 programme.
The first game last Thursday was a close affair with the bigger Americans controlling the lineout and scrum but the Caymanian backline were too adept as Cayman triumphed.
Cayman held onto their 15-7 lead with Shanahan threatening a final score with light fading at the South Sound pitch.
On Saturday the Cayman and Shanahan sides met again to play twice, one 10 a-side game featuring the younger and less experienced Shanahan and Cayman players who didn’t feature in the previous match. And another full 15s match being the headline feature of the day.
The 10s game was won by Shanahan 19-14 with Cayman’s points being notched up by Jordan McLaughlin and Coby Seymour.
The 15s clash, much like Thursday evening’s game was a very tight and physical affair with Cayman hanging on to the slimmest of leads going at the half 11-10.
The flow changed in the second half as the heat took its toll on Shanahan. Cayman began to take control but couldn’t shake off the opposition until the last ten minutes with the best two tries of the game being scored by moving the ball superbly from one side of the pitch to the other and finishing with great handling moves to end the game 40-24.