Cayman rugby team battles hard to prevail

RHSW National XV player Neil Montgomery passes the ball from the back of the scrum. - PHOTOS: CAROLINE DEEGAN PHOTOGRAPHY
RHSW National XV player Neil Montgomery passes the ball from the back of the scrum. – PHOTOS: CAROLINE DEEGAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Cayman took on Canada for some impressive rugby games at South Sound over the weekend.

Edward Westin gets the ball to Joseph Westin who scores a try for Cayman Club Select.
Edward Westin gets the ball to Joseph Westin who scores a try for Cayman Club Select.

Bay Street Pigs from Toronto brought two quality sides over to Cayman. Both the Pigs teams won their respective leagues this past 2015 season in Toronto. On their team were Canadian international and interprovincial players.

In the first game on Saturday, Cayman’s Club Select side, under the guidance of Mick Kehoe, showed tremendous backbone by scoring two tries in the last 10 minutes to close the deficit from 10-19 to a 22-19 victory.

Joey Westin scored two tries in the first half. Shakur Welcome, Cayman’s under-19 star, scored two tries in the last 10 minutes after good work by Josh Clark. Ed Westin converted one try.

Joey Westin was awarded the man of the match performance.

“The first team game, before a big crowd, was one of the most physical battles seen in Cayman in a long time,” coach Phil Pretorius said.

After being outplayed for long periods, the RHSW Cayman team dug deep and closed a 6-15 deficit in the last 20 minutes to record a 17-15 victory.

“The manner in which they refused to give up showed tremendous character after being pummeled by some ferocious tackling throughout,” Pretorius said.

After five landslide victories so far this season, this was the first time the RHSW Cayman character was tested, and they prevailed.

The Cayman team’s only try was scored by replacement Josh Clark. Shaun McDermott slotted four penalties.

Inside center Danno O’Connor was named man of the match. The Pigs’ man of the match was their 7 flanker who earned four caps for the Canadian national team this season.

“This was the best preparation the RHSW Cayman XV could have wished for in preparation for The Security Centre Big Game 6 against Bahamas on May 21,” Pretorius said.

Referees for the day were Justin Colgan and Alasdair Robertson.

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