Cayman U-19 blasts Jamaica

The Cayman Islands Under-19 Rugby squad defended their 2012 regional championship title against Jamaica on Monday in Port of Spain, Trinidad with a 33-0 win in round 1 action.  

Despite a long period since playing together, Cayman blasted into action and were simply too big and powerful for their Jamaican counterparts.  

While Jamaica never gave up, they really did not trouble the Cayman line at any point in the game.  

Cayman scored five tries through John Gibson, Andy Hall, Will Hayward, Geo Dixon and Mike Peck. Hayward also kicked two penalties and a conversion. 

Rugby president Derek Haines was happy with his young charges performance. 

He said: “You could see that the lads were a little rusty and we probably should have scored twice as many tries again, but by the end of the game we seemed to be back on track and with Bermuda up next on Wednesday, we will need to be at our best. It is a good start against a young Jamaican team.” 

Director of rugby Richard “Grizz” Adams was also happy with the day’s action.  

“I am pleased to see that we have solid game plan that the players are following well and, going into the next games, there is much that can be built upon,” he said.  

“We made a lot of unforced errors early on and that is a symptom of not playing together much.  

“By the end of the game, we were a lot smoother and I am sure that Wednesday’s game will have more shape and purpose to it. This is a very strong U-19 team, I think probably the best we have had so far, so expectation of a tournament win 
is high.” 


Haines praised Cayman’s U-19s. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD