The Bermuda Rugby Football Union’s League season is underway, with a doubleheader at the National Sports Center.
The two matches produced 98 points.
In the Women's match, the Renegades defeated the Teachers 19 – 5, while the Teachers defeated the Police in the Men’s match 60 – 14.
Monday, November 21, 2022
Toms & Cardiff Remain Undefeated after Swansea Win
Brynley Toms Carrying the Ball
Brynley Toms and his Cardiff Rugby Football Club teammates scored seven tries against Swansea as they maintained their 100% record so far this season.
Cardiff came straight out of the blocks, scoring two Try’s in six minutes. The first came straight from the kick-off. Swansea dropped a clearance kick to give Cardiff a foothold in the Swansea half. Alex Mann made a break that pushed Cardiff further forward and when the ball was recycled the backline created an overlap that Dan Fish exploited putting Dewi Cross over for his ninth Try of the season. From the restart, the home side gained a penalty and marched downfield again. The lineout ball was moved into midfield and when it came to Joe Goodfield he waltzed through the defense and found Tom Habberfield in support, the scrum half going over under the posts.
Swansea then had a purple patch – but so did the Cardiff defense holding out for long periods on their own line. In fact, it took Cardiff nearly another twenty minutes of defense before they managed to score the third. A penalty was again sent into the Swansea half and when Evan Daniel was hauled down the ball was moved to Dewi Cross who split the defense and sent Arron Pinches over. The bonus point Try wouldn’t come before half-time though, A TV review pulled back one opportunity for a forward pass, but Cardiff went in 19-0 up.
The second half started in a similar vein to the first. Cardiff was attacking and nearly scored the fourth, but a dropped pass saw that opportunity go begging. And when the next opportunity was scratched off because of foul play prior to the score Cardiff was reduced to fourteen with a red card. That decision though took nearly six minutes to conclude with the video referee.
The bonus point did eventually come. A series of penalties saw Cardiff gain a five-meter lineout. The seven-man pack drove over with Evan Daniel at the back to drop over. And the hooker was to get a second a few minutes later. Morgan Allen had charged upfield and given Cardiff a great position. A scrum penalty was shunted into the corner. This time the maul broke up but Daniel was a few meters out and was able to crash over following another TV review.
The sixth try came off the training ground. A scrum in the Swansea twenty-two was shifted to Ben Burnell. He found Cross running a lovely line that the Whites had no answer to. Burnell added his fifth conversion but there was one more try to come, and it was arguably the best of the bunch. Swansea knocked on deep in the Cardiff half. Pinches found Burnell who set off into the Swansea half, He found James Beal who linked back to Burnell. His pass to Jacob Lloyd was beautifully timed and the fullback went over to give Cardiff a 45-0 victory.
Sunday, November 13, 2022
Bermuda Men Finish RAN Super Sevens in Third Place
The 2022 Rugby Americas North Super Sevens tournament came to an end in Mexico City at UNAM’s Deportivo Alfredo Harp Helu Grounds, with Bermuda represented in both Men’s and Women’s Divisions.
Bermuda’s Men finished 3rd in their Division, losing only one match all tournament, they would now advance to the CCAF Games in June, in El Salvador, which will see the top four teams in Rugby Americas North and the top four teams in Rugby Americas South going to battle.
Bermuda’s Men took on Trinidad & Tobago in the Men’s Quarter-Finals, and Bermuda would emerge victorious 12 – 5.
In their Semi-Final battle, Bermuda would take on Mexico, and Bermuda would go down 22 – 14. Bermuda would then take on the Cayman Islands in the Men’s 3rd place Cup and pick up the win 19 – 14.
On the Women’s side, Bermuda would take on St. Lucia, and Bermuda would fall 29 – 5, scoring their first points of the tournament.
The Women would play in the 5th – 6th place match, they would take on the Dominican Republic, and they would fall 24 – 10.
Saturday, November 12, 2022
2022 RAN Super Sevens Competition Underway
The 2022 Rugby Americas North Super Sevens tournament got underway in Mexico City at UNAM’s Deportivo Alfredo Harp Helu Grounds, with Bermuda represented in both Men’s and Women’s Divisions.
Bermuda’s Men opened up with a 26 – 12 victory over the Dominican Republic. In their next match, the Bermuda Men defeated Barbados 14 – 12. The Bermuda Men’s team’s third match saw them defeat Belize 48 – 0.
In their opening match, the Bermuda Women fell 39 – 0 to Trinidad & Tobago. The Bermuda Women were shut out for the second game in a row falling to Jamaica 49 – 0. The Bermuda Women went down in their third match 34 – 0 to the Dominican Republic.
Wednesday, November 09, 2022
Barnwell Looking Forward to RAN Super Sevens
Bermuda Sevens Rugby National Coach Jamie Barnwell is looking forward to the Bermuda team set to compete in the 2022 Rugby Americas North Super Sevens tournament in Mexico City November 11th – 13th at UNAM’s Deportivo Alfredo Harp Helu grounds.
Barnwell said, “We will have to be smart in our approach if we are to repeat our success in Bahamas
They are outstanding men, who are excited with the way that we are trying to play.
There are some areas where we are not going to be able to compete with the teams that have played on the World Series circuit- so we have to be really clever, be on the same page and play an attacking game and create a bit of chaos out there.
The gameplan has evolved from what we had before and I feel that we are getting better every day, so lets see what happens."