The Cayman Islands national rugby played Bermuda in Nassau in the Caribbean Rugby Champions in what promised to be a real battle of attrition between two sides with similar rugby playing styles but came up short on Saturday.
Cayman lead in a low scoring affair 3-0 for 75 minutes before a mistake in front of the posts gave Bermuda the opportunity to score the only try and take the contest 7-4.
Cayman’s national coach Brad Cowdroy said: “It was a very tough, physical, in your face encounter as was expected. Our defence was excellent all day, especially around the ruck area and fringes and when they did break our line on the odd occasion, we scrambled well to stop them.
“It was not that we played badly, as a team we competed well. But it came down to a couple of little things that didn’t go our way that decided the match and it could just have easily been us as the winners.”
Cayman now face the Bahamas at home and although the loss to Bermuda was a blow they can still go through. Cayman need to achieve a bonus point win over the Bahamas on Saturday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex by scoring four or more tries to be in the best possible position to go through this round.
Bahamas will host Bermuda on 9 June and if Bermuda win that game Cayman will have no hope of progression. However, if Cayman – with similar home support that saw them hammer Mexico – beat Bahamas and the Bahamas beat Bermuda then each team will have one win and one loss and it will come down to bonus points.
Cayman earned a bonus point against Bermuda by losing by less than seven points. Bermuda didn’t attain any bonus points against Cayman as they didn’t score four or more tries. So all is still to play for on Saturday for Cayman against Bahamas.