Altitude key factor in Cayman rugby vs. Mexico

The RHSW Cayman rugby team lost to Mexico on July 2 in Dos Rios, 34-24, playing at altitude of 8,616 feet above sea level.

The physical, well-prepared side was gasping for air after 10 minutes, Cayman rugby’s organization said in a press release. But after trailing 7-27 at halftime, Cayman conceded only a charge down try from the halfway line in the second half and scored 17 points.

Head coach Phil Pretorius commented that rallying when your lungs and legs won’t have any more, tells you about the character of the team. The team became one of the few teams to comprehensively outscore Mexico in the second half.

At the final whistle, Mexico was just hanging on with Cayman on the attack. Mikey Wilson scored two tries and Paul Westin one try. Shaun McDermott had a 100 percent record with the boot with three conversions and one penalty.

Paul Westin was named Cayman man of the match.

Cayman rugby’s 2016 season came to an end with nine wins in 10 games.

Pretorius noted his appreciation to all the sponsors, players, management and executive of the CRFU for making this an exceptional season. He also thanked everyone who supported Cayman rugby games, adding, “They were the wind behind our backs.”