Depleted Seamen tried but were way out of their depth

A team from the HMS Lancaster, in Cayman waters during the hurricane season, took on a local Cayman rugby select side in a game that marked the end of the local XVs season.  

With the end of the domestic and international rugby XVs season, the sevens season now takes over, which will be highlighted by the 2013 North America Caribbean Rugby Association 7s Championships here in November.  

The HMS Lancaster XV, coming from wins over Bermuda Under-19 XV and a loss to Key West, fielded only 12 players and borrowed the remainder from their hosts. 

It was not long before Cayman started to pile the points on their visitors. The heat and the fact that HMS Lancaster players do not often get the opportunity to train collectively whilst on deployment, lead to a 66-7 mauling. HMS Lancaster’s only try was by honorary Seaman Iain Blackwell. 

Whilst the rugby action was a one sided affair, the HMS Lancaster XV enjoyed refreshments provided by the Cayman Rugby Union in recognition of their arrival on Island, which forms part of a long history of games played by the Cayman Rugby Union against visiting British naval ships.  

HMS Lancaster moved to Turks and Caicos where they hope for better fortunes on the rugby pitch. Turks and Caicos recently played their first full International Rugby Board-sanctioned match against Jamaica, which they lost 31-13.  

The national team is in serious training to prepare for the 7s tournament with the aim of qualifying for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Hong Kong Sevens.  

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Ricardo Brown touches down for a Cayman try. – PHOTOS: CAROLINE DEEGAN

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HMS Lancaster forward Sam Winfield attacks the Cayman line.
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