Rattlesnakes squirm, then bite

The Texas Rattlesnakes rugby team slithered into town to play the Cayman national side last week. 

The Rattlesnakes are made up of collegiate teams from all over Texas and besides the matches, the squad trained to develop their skills while enjoying some of Cayman rugby’s celebrated hospitality. The first game was entertaining, against a Cayman select side on Wednesday evening. 

The game was a tight affair with both sides trading scores. It was 17-17 at the break. 

In the second half, Cayman, inspired by some deft touches and silky skills of “Prince” Harry Clark, ably assisted by the Westin family Shane, Joseph, Paul and Ed – all brothers – managed to sneak ahead of the visitors while keeping the Rattlesnakes scoreless for the majority of the half. 

When it looked like Cayman were about to race away with the game, the Rattlesnakes struck back with a length of the pitch effort with the ball moving between several pairs of hands. Cayman won 36-24. 

The rematch kicked off at the South Sound pitch on Saturday afternoon. 

The visitors, smarting from their loss, were out to make amends and spent a considerable time warming up and preparing for the game. Cayman, on the other hand, had a less intense warm-up and were looking very relaxed as the match started. 

It was soon apparent that the Rattlesnakes were determined to win well, despite the heat and high humidity. 

There were many scrums and the Rattlesnakes went into the half-time break ahead on the scoreboard. 

The second half started much like the first with the motivated Rattlesnakes maintaining their momentum and taking first blood. 

Cayman squandered opportunities to score, but it was clear that the visitors wanted this game more. 

It showed when the final whistle blew with Mick Dundee having a standout game for the visitors who won 32-28. 

The Rattlesnakes enjoyed their time in Cayman, not only at the Rugby Club’s South Sound Ground, but also at Stingray City, Rum Point, Hell and Seven Mile Beach. 

The games were streamed live but can still be viewed on www.caymanrugby.com (under the TV Tab for Alex Alexander). 

Paul Westin breaks through the Texas Rattlesnakes defense. – PHOTOS: CAROLINE DEEGAN