The Bermuda Rugby Football Union have named the National Men’s and Women’s 7s teams who will represent Bermuda in the Rugby America North 7s Tournament in Barbados this weekend.
The Men’s team who placed 6th overall last year will face tough opposition in their pool play against Mexico, Turks and Caicos Islands and Guadeloupe.
The team will once again be led by Fijian Rugby 7s legend Waisale Serevi, who has coached them through RAN 7s for the past several years.
Of the upcoming tournament, Serevi remarked, “It’s good to be back with the Bermuda team. I have watched the boys progress over the last 8 years and I have seen a lot of improvement skill-wise and in their understanding of the game. I watched them play in Denver and they played really well. In attack they were able to break high-level defensive lines several times. This is definitely the strongest team that we have ever had for Bermuda. This year, we have 12 very strong players, who will work together to deliver a good result. I believe that this will be a good year for us to have the opportunity to win the RAN tournament and qualify for the Hong Kong 7s. The boys have been training really hard and their fitness is good so it’s all about just believing in ourselves come game time. The team has matured significantly this year and I am looking forward to watching them perform over the weekend.”
A mix of experience and skill in Barbados will represent Bermuda as 4 members of the team make their senior international debuts. Captained by Tashon Desilva, Bermuda will see Corey Boyce, Aldo Campbell, Dan Cole, Alex Doyling, Tom Healy, Bertie Horsefield, and Neville Zuill returning to the tournament. Tadhg O’Shaughnessy, Stephan Smit, Alex Brown and Jamie Baum will all receive their first International caps when they take the field in Barbados.
After a tough tournament last year, the Women’s team are looking to improve upon their result with the help of new coaching staff, Jamie Barnwell and Keith Hodgkins. Pool play will see the women face off against Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas and Curacao.
The squad will look to their experienced players to make a statement on the pitch, while two youth players will make their international debut.
The squad will feature returning player Gillian Cross (captain), Mika Tomita, Deneka Borden, Amanda Swan, Karly Alleyne, Lauren Rothwell, Corrie Cross, Cerise Woodley and Lysmeiri Santana Suazo. Youth players Keonte While and Camille Chin-Gurret have both represented Bermuda on a youth international tour, and will make their first senior appearance in Barbados.
Of the upcoming tournament, coach Barnwell remarked, “The RAN 7’s competition, periodically serves as the regional qualifying competition for the Rugby World Cup Sevens and Olympic Sevens. Whilst qualifications for these tournaments are perhaps objectives for the future the current playing squad is comprised of quality people who have worked incredibly hard in light of many setbacks. Those of us who are inspired to believe that ‘good people beget good things’ may see this as the reason why the Bermuda Women’s Rugby Team have enjoyed some success in their recent warm-up preparations. As part of their preparations the team played twice against the U19 Bermuda Men’s team last week. They performed well in both games managing to win the first encounter and narrowly lose by four tries to three in the second game. The reality is that we all need to be inspired and motivated and many of the stories of these women will do just that”.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Toms & Bedwas Go Down Again
Brynley Toms and his Bedwas teammates are still looking for their first win of the season, but they did secure a bonus point after scoring three Try’s in the last eight minutes against Llandovery.
The home side competed well in the first half, and only really went downhill in the ten minutes that James Richards was sinbinned, but it was a different story in the second half when the Drovers stormed out of the blocks to claim a bonus point win.
Bedwas took an early lead. It was a well-worked move from kick-off culminated in Alun Rees charging through. Joseph Scrivens converted.
Llandovery were soon level. They were given too much space and Matthew Moore dived over with Jack Maynard converting.
When Richards was sinbinned, Llandovery took advantage within seconds, Shaun Miles scoring their second and Maynard quickly followed with their third, converting both.
Once Bedwas were back to a full complement of players, they started getting back into the game. With the Drovers defense standing firm, Scrivens took the correct option to kick two penalties to get a few points back on the board but Bedwas were still 21-13 down at the break.
Llandovery started the second half well and after being awarded an early penalty, Maynard extended their lead.
And they secured the winning bonus point on 56 minutes after big replacement hooker Ricky Guest battered his way through.
After that, it was all Llandovery, and it was only a sinibin offense that slowed them down. Maynard got his second try after intercepting and running 50 meters. Guest quickly followed Maynard over for his second, before Dafydd Land sprinted easily down the wing to score. Maynard kept up his 100% kicking record.
But it was a late Jordan Evans yellow card gave Bedwas an advantage for the final few minutes to give them a try bonus point.
George Gasson and Mike Dacey quickly crossed and it took a penalty on the dot of full-time to give the home side another scoring opportunity with Luke Crane diving over and Jacob Chilcott converting.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
The National Team Win BRFU Sevens Tournament
The Bermuda Men's National Sevens team won the Bermuda Rugby Football Union’s Sevens Tournament at the National Sports Center. The National team are preparing for the Rugby North Americas tournament in Barbados, ran through their opponents.
The Police defeated the Mariners 38 – 5, the Police got Try’s from Darren Klein, Adam Rossiedes, Henry Johnson, Vaughn van Oudtshoorn, Ben Greene and Andrew Kemp, while Dillon Marshall kicked 3 Conversions and Darren Richardson added another, Chakote Wainwright scored the lone Try for the Mariners.
The Renegades defeated the Teachers 17 – 7, the Renegades got single Try’s from Dave Wheatley, Matt Keilo and Robin Bricknell, while Paul Kelly kicked 1 Conversion, Adam Chavez scored the lone Try for the Teachers, with George Peets kicking the Conversion.
The National team defeated the Mariners 26 – 0, Antonio Perinchief, Dan Cole, Cory Boyce and Stefan Smitt all went over for a try, while Dan Cole kicked 3 Conversions.
The National team defeated the Police 49 – 0. Cory Boyce scored 4 Try’s, with Tashon DeSilva, Tom Healy, Bertie Horsefield and Jamie Baum all adding a Try each, while Dan Cole kicked 6 Conversions.
Adam Chaves, George Francis, Donald Folkhard, Mikael Dill all scored a Try each to guide the Teachers to a 24 – 21 win over the Mariners, Dill kicked 2 Conversions for the Teachers. Mike Kelly would score 2 Try’s and Chakote Wainwright added another, Wainwright would also connect on 2 Conversions for the Mariners.
Cory Boyce scored three Try’s and Dan Cole kicked 3 Conversions guiding the National team to a 21 – 0 win over the Renegades.
The Police went down 7 – 0 to the National team, with Tom Healy scoring the Try and Dan Cole kicking the Conversion.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Cross Not In Valkyries That Falls to DMP
www.islandstats.comn can report that Corrie Cross was not part of the Worcester Valkyries that picked up two bonus points in their Tyrrells Premier 15s opener but fell to a narrow 27-24 defeat to Darlington Mowden Park Sharks at Northern Echo Arena.
Valkyries bagged four tries for a bonus point, something they failed to do in the whole of last season, as Zoe Bennion, Thea Thompson, Nat English and Carys Cox crossed the whitewash.
However, Darlington Mowden Park also scored four tries through Hannah Morton, Heather Kerr, Lisa Thomson and Katherine Hobson and Fiona Dewar’s penalty proved the difference for Sharks, despite an impressive showing for Roy Davies’ Valkyries.
Monday, September 10, 2018
Countdown to World Rugby Classic 2018
The schedule for the upcoming World Rugby Classic has been released, this year’s event will take place November 4th – 10th.
The teams this year include France Classic Rugby, Irish Legends, Classic Springboks, Rugby Canada, Classic Lions, Rugby Italian Classic XV, Classic Pumas and USA Classic Eagles.
2:15pm - France Classic Rugby vs. Irish Legends (A) 3:45pm - Classic Springboks vs. Rugby Canada (B)
7:00pm - Classic Lions vs. Rugby Italian Classic XV (C) 8:30pm - Classic Pumas vs. USA Classic Eagles (D)
7:00pm - Plate Semi Final: Loser (A) vs. Loser (B) 8:30pm - Classic Semi Final: Winner (A) vs. Winner (B)
7:00pm - Plate Semi Final: Loser (C) vs. Loser (D) 8:30pm - Classic Semi Final: Winner C vs Winner (D)