Cayman squeeze out USA South to set up Big Game clash

The RHSW Cayman Islands national rugby side notched a glorious win on Saturday, coming from eight points down with nine minutes to go to beat perennial nemesis USA South.  

Cayman had lost narrowly in previous encounters against the Americans and looked like doing so again but they showed tremendous character with a late try by Jon Murphy, who ran half the length of the pitch. Morgan Hayward converted and then kicked a penalty near the end to seal the tightest of victories.  

Cayman won 25-24 in Atlanta and now face Mexico at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in the SteppingStones Cayman Big Game on April 11, to see who moves on to the final of the North America Caribbean Rugby Association Caribbean Championships. 

Justin Wight and Morgan Hayward had earlier scored tries for Cayman. Hayward’s points tally was 15 in total but this truly was a magnificent team effort. Director of Rugby Richard “Grizz” Adams said, “This is a massive win for Cayman. At times it was not pretty and both sides made lots of errors but our integrity shone through in the face of adversity and it was a phenomenal thing to watch.  

“I’m a bit hoarse and tired but very pleased and proud.” 

Adams added that Mexico will not be easy to beat because they have a huge seven-a-side professional program and will draft players from that format into their 15s team against Cayman.  

He added, “We will have to concentrate, like we did against USA South, on not letting them get the ball out to their back line where they can dominate so much.” 

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