The RHSW Cayman National XV started their World Cup Qualifying campaign on a winning note by beating Bahamas 20-8 at the Truman Bodden Stadium on May 21.
It was the team’s seventh consecutive win this season.
It was also The Security Centre Big Game 6, the latest in a series started in 2012. The win reversed losses in the two previous Big Games.
A near capacity crowd of 2,000 cheered the team from the stands.
Head coach Phil Pretorius said that although it was far from a faultless performance, a winning start in a World Cup campaign was welcome. He paid tribute to last year’s coaches, Tim Rossiter and Brad Conway, for laying a strong foundation.
The home team conceded 27 penalties and still won, a feat fewer than 5 percent of all teams accomplish after conceding that many penalties, organizers said.
On attack, Danno O’Connor, the foremost line breaker in the team, again gave the Bahamas team nightmares with the ball in hand. Justin Wight and Morgan Shelver were also dangerous attackers.
Man of the match, fullback Joel Clark, made two try-saving tackles, and Mikey Wilson defended well in the outside center channel.
In the forwards, Andre Ormond (hooker) and Phil Fourie (prop) played well.
The team was ably led by Chris Kennedy, with Neil Montgomery as vice captain.
Tries were scored by Venasio Tokatokavanua, Justin Wight and Andre Ormond. Shaun McDermott succeeded with a penalty and a conversion.
The team’s next encounter is on June 4 against USA South in Miami.
The next World Cup qualifier, The Security Centre Big Game 7, against old foe Bermuda, takes place on June 18 at the Truman Bodden Stadium.