Cribb teaches youth

Robbie Cribb Jr helped Cayman to regional rugby excellence and passed on his knowledge to kids.

The Cayman national team player was in Cleveland, Ohio recently. While visiting with friends in Ohio, he was asked to teach a gym class at Hope Academy West. He would introduce sixth grade students to rugby.

Cribb Jr is coming off a good showing in Cayman’s march to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. At the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town, Cayman crushed Mexico 46-13.

Among Cayman’s star performers this year was Chris Bunce (who scored the opening try) and scorers Ben Blair, Vanasio Tokatokavanua (two tries), Josh Clark, Joel Clark and Simon Crompton. Morgan Hayward hit four conversions and a penalty. Cayman tallied a total of seven tries, four conversions and one penalty in the match.

The win not only ensures that Cayman remains alive in the Americas qualification process but also results in a six place climb to 68th in the International Rugby Board world rankings. The defeat ended Mexico’s involvement in the qualification process and saw them slide six places to 76th in the world.

Whilst Cayman had recorded wins over Mexico when the sport was in its infancy there, with a population of over 100 million, Mexico has seen its rugby fortunes grow exponentially since the early days and beat Cayman in 2007 and last year. Mexico’s huge 68-14 2011 thrashing over Jamaica was followed by Cayman’s 19-18 shock loss to Jamaica.

Interestingly, the big match also featured junior rugby exhibition matches, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service marching band, live acts such as Jeffrey Wilson and a crowd of some 1,000.

Cribb Jr joined the Cayman team in their encounter with Bermuda over the weekend. From there, the team hosts the Bahamas at Truman Bodden on 26 May in the next phase of the 2012 NACRA 
Championship.

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