As the Cayman Rugby Football Union summer mixed touch rugby league – one of the most popular sporting leagues in the Cayman Islands – wound down, the annual AR Scott 10s tournament kicked off a few weeks ago.
This was well received by purists who have not enjoyed local full contact rugby since the John Gibson Hangover match – which featured the great Shane Williams – in June.
With the DHL Cayman Storm on tour in Jamaica only three teams took the field – the Krys Global Buccaneers, the John Doak Architecture Iguanas and the Queensgate Pigs Trotters.
Rugby 10-a-side does not provide all the contact and structure of the XV a side game and is played on a full pitch, 15 minutes each way and allows for rolling substitutions.
The Buccaneers and the Iguanas faced off in an early tight game which the Buccaneers won 14-0.
The Iguanas controlled much of the ball early on and indeed had some strong opportunities to take control with speedy Tom Mann providing ample breaks but the Iguanas could not finish any forays into the Buccaneer territory and it was left to Buccaneer fullback Joel Clark to seal the win for them.
In the second game the Pigs Trotters looked to overcome the tired Buccaneers but it wasn’t to be with the Buccaneers running ragged over the quicker, fitter Pigs Trotters.
The final game was also a tight affair with the Iguanas being eventually overcome in the second half to give Pigs Trotters their first win of the tournament.
Week 2 saw the return of the DHL Storm and provided an interesting prospect in the fact that games against the Storm counted for double points.
All but the Iguanas took advantage of the double point prospect but an upset win in the day’s opening game between the Iguanas and the Pigs gave the Iguanas their first league points in the tournament.
The Pigs Trotters, clearly unfazed by the loss took out the league leading Buccaneers too keep their tournament hopes truly alive and well.
The final week saw yet more exciting 10s with the Iguanas looking to build on their solitary win over the Pigs Trotters and were close against both the Buccaneers and the DHL Storm but the Trotters made no mistake the third time round to build towards a winner take all final against the Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers sealed the final win in a tournament which saw them lose only one game. Had the Pigs Trotters recorded a win in the final the tournament would be decided on points difference but it wasn’t to be for the young Pigs who finished second. The prospect of a strong Pigs Trotters side coming into the Rugby XVs season has got the local rugby punters talking as the Piglets only recorded one win last season!
DHL Cayman Storm were third and John Doak Architecture Iguanas fourth.