Barbarians had fighting spirit

The men’s sevens rugby competition again highlighted how well conditioned players have to be to play in this format.  

Week 2 of the Summer Sevens series gave some exciting action from all teams involved.  

It started off with the Fidelity Ama Totsis proving too strong for the Peter O’Neill Wolfhounds. 

In their second encounter the Ama Tsotsis came up against an inspired Patron Barbarian team with standout performers Robbie True, Harry Clark and Dow Travers leading them to an early lead which the Tsotsis chased down in the dying minutes of the second half to salvage a draw.  

The Barbarians went on to claim an emphatic 45-5 victory against the Wolfhounds, booking them a place in the day’s cup final for the first time.  

In the other pool, it was plain sailing for the Maples National 7s academy as they had convincing wins over the Island Air Islanders and the Carey Olsen Westins with the likes of local boys Joel Clark, Keswick Wright and David Terry claiming multiple tries each.  

Results created a Barbarian side against Maples Academy in the final, which created a great deal of excitement to the ever-growing crowd.  

The Barbarians started the better of the teams with the majority of the possession and territory in the opening minutes but were unable to capitalize on some well worked opportunities to score.  

Maples typically looked clinical and scored at any opportunity they got. The Barbarians did not give up against the favorites and made for an entertaining final which they lost 31-0 and saw them retain a clean sheet for the whole day while racking up 163 points over three games.  

The women’s 7s continued to impress with all three squads bolstering full strength teams leading to a closely contested second weekend.  

The series is still wide open going into the final two weeks and is great preparation for the Cayman sides which will compete in the Halloween Women’s 7s at Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Oct. 31.  

Kramer-Bell

Kramer Bell was in fine form for the Maples national team.