Fortress Cayman

Cayman rugby is in rude health after another hearty international victory, fittingly against arch-rivals Bermuda.  

Cayman won 20-14 in the North America Caribbean Rugby Association Caribbean Championships decider at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Saturday to ensure they were not relegated to the lower tier, but Bermuda were. 

Chris Bunce’s try early in the game settled Cayman nerves and gave the massive crowd of more than 2,000 plenty to cheer about.  

Robbie Cribb converted but Bermuda were always dangerous and seemed to have more possession throughout the game.  

A penalty try was awarded for Cayman early in the second half, which Cribb converted and two other penalty kicks gave Cayman some breathing space.  

Bermuda scored a try late, which raised Cayman blood pressure slightly, but they were able to absorb the surge for a historic win under the leadership of returning captain Ben McDonald.  

Cayman coaches Brad Cowdroy and Tim Rossiter had fulfilled their intentions in Big Game 3. 

Derek Haines, president of the Cayman Islands Rugby Federation, said: “We are now Cayman Fortress after remaining unbeaten here and our Under-19s doing the same.  

“It’s pleasing to beat our arch-rivals Bermuda, especially in such an important game when we stay up in the upper tier.”  

Haines wants to become the third strongest team in the Northern Caribbean behind the US and Canada. Although Cayman narrowly lost 9-7 to USA South in Atlanta last month to thwart their chances of playing the Southern Caribbean champs with the winner moving on to the next round, he believes that Cayman will get the better of USA South in next year’s encounter. 

“Brad and Tim are doing an excellent job,” Haines said. “The backing we had from the huge crowd was tremendous. Even Bermuda were impressed.” 

Chris Bunce’s try early in the game settled Cayman nerves and gave the massive crowd of more than 2,000 plenty to cheer about.  

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Cayman had plenty to cheer about after their historic 20-14 victory over Bermuda. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD
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