Cayman rugby team excels in record-breaking tour

The Cayman Islands rugby team takes a break in New York during a tour last weekend.

The RHSW Cayman XV men’s team broke 100 for the first time during a tour to New York over the weekend, when they beat the New Jersey Union Mud Turtles 102-0.

The team followed that up by beating New Haven Old Boys, who are playing in the next two weeks in the D2 final, with a score of 78-19.

In all, the team scored 28 tries. Top scorer Justin Wight scored five tries in the two matches. Paul Westin, Mark Westin and Venasio Tokatokavanua scored three each.

Neil Montgomery, Ben Blair and Severiano Tabuaniwere scored two each, and Dan Bond, Phil Fourie, Mark Soto, Matt Dors, Joey Westin, Abdul Patterson, Andre Ormond and Philip Pretorius each scored one try.

Shaun McDermott converted 20 of the 28 tries for a tour tally of 40 points.

Matt Dors and Morgan Shelver were chosen by the opponents as the man of the match against the New Jersey and New Haven teams, respectively.

Head coach Phil Pretorius said, “The team has gone a long way in creating a brand of assertiveness and a winning attitude coupled with exciting rugby on the pitch and [humility] and good behavior off the pitch.”

The touring group of 23 players and four coaching staff were in New York for the April 22-24 tour.

The RHSW Cayman XV will take on the Bay Street Pigs team, one of the strongest teams in Canada, on Saturday at South Sound. The Bay Street Pigs are bringing two teams to play a Club Select side at 2 p.m. and the RHSW national side at 4 p.m.