The Cayman men’s XV travelled to Freeport, Bahamas for their first international match of the 2014 season and came away 35-7 victors moving them up from 63rd to 58th in the International Rugby Board world rankings.
This is now within one place of their highest ever world ranking since the system was introduced in October 2003 and a win in their next fixture against Bermuda will elevate them to their highest ever ranking.
The game on Saturday started in the best possible way with Robbie Cribb getting over to score a try in the opening minute as well as converting the attempt to add the extra two points.
Bahamas then retaliated with a fantastic piece of individual skill by their No. 10, Connor Albury, who expertly chipped through for a score under the posts as well as adding the extras to bring the score to 7-7 with six minutes of the game underway.
Cayman then went on to pressure the Bahamas for an extended period and made the breakthrough with captain Chris Kennedy getting the second try.
Cribb added the extras. At the 30 minute mark, Eddie Westin skipped his way through three defenders to score Caymans third try with Cribb adding the extras again to make it 21-7.
From the restart, a rash tackle by the Bahamian No. 7 on Cayman’s Yohann Regnard resulted in a yellow card and Bahamas were now down a man for the next 10 minutes.
Play was temporarily suspended at half time for 45 minutes due to lightning in the vicinity. On the 69 minute mark, Eddie Westin raced in for Caymans fourth try and Marco Du Plessis added the extras to take Cayman to a commanding 28-7 lead with 10 minutes left. Three minutes later, Eddie Westin went in for his third try and Marco Du Plessis successfully converted to make it 35-7, which was the final score.
Westin was awarded the man of the match for his fantastic performance and Cayman retained the Becks Cup, which is awarded to the winning team between Cayman and Bahamas.
Cayman team: Phil Fourie, Jason Scarff, Pete De Vere, Yohann Regnard, Paul Smith, Chris Kennedy (capt.), Eddie Westin, Ben Blair, Robbie Cribb, Marco Du Plessis, Alex Pineau, Josh Brown, Keswick Wright, Cueme Parker, Chris Palmer, Richard Adams, Paul Westin, Jacob MacAdam, Dan Bond, Venasio Tokatokavanua, Michael Sumares, Adam Keenan, and Garrett Connolly.