Rugby: RHSW national team soundly beat Michigan University

The RHSW National team continued their winning ways, beating Michigan University by 50 points to 12 on Saturday at their South Sound base.

This is the second consecutive weekend where Chris Kennedy’s men racked up a half century of points. Over the two weekends, they scored 17 tries.

The team is slowly but surely building into a formidable unit for the World Cup qualifiers.

The foundation for the victory was provided by the pack of forwards. The scrum totally dominated and scored a pushover try. In all, the front row of Dan Bond, Joey Westin and Phil Fourie and their able replacements Ben McDonald, Peter de Vere and Andre Ormond won 17 scrums to the four of Michigan.

With Yohann Regnard and Ben Blair functioning well, the team won 14 line-outs to their opponent’s three. Sevvi Tabuaniwere was the strongest ball carrier on the day and made 10 bullocking runs.

In the backline, Morgan Shelver was the general who dictated play. His kicking out of hand has improved and his running game is something to behold.

The center pairing of Dano O’Connor and Shaun McDermott was pure magic. O’Connor, the man of the match, broke the line at will and breached the defense five times. He scored two tries with his powerful runs.

McDermott used his pace well in running for the outside gap and the try that he scored was when he accelerated and showed the defenders a clean pair of heels.

Phil Parker produced his normal hard running game and made four line breaks.

The Cayman team defended well with O’Connor (11) and Al Lum (10) making the most tackles.

The replacements who came on in the second half lifted the tempo of the game, with Matt Dors, Andre Ormond and Peter de Vere especially excelling.

The Cayman National XV’s next game will be against Jamaica on April 2.

Try scorers for Cayman were: O’Connor (2), McDermott, Parker, Blair, McDonald, Regnard and Dors.

McDermott was successful with five conversions.