St Lucia edged out by BVI in Caribbean Championship
By caribbeancoaching, Feb 2 2013 11:00AM
A small but apprehensive crowd turned up to see the St Lucian National male steam narrowly defeated by their counterpart from the British Virgin Islands in their first round Caribbean Rugby Championship clash on the Corinth playing fields.
St Lucia had a brilliant start and pilling on the pressure from the first whistle. This pressure paid off with an early 10 – 0 lead after 11 minutes with tries from Mal Dennis and Colvis Samuels. But BVI’s experience stopped them from dropping their heads and they immediately responded with two quick tries to level the score after 17 minutes. BVI continued to move forward well and capitalised on a phase of possession to land a penalty mid-way through the second half. Shortly after they broke through the St Lucian defence to score another try, bringing the score to 18-10.
But St Lucian fortitude and strength of will stopped the hosts from letting this deter them. They responded well and by the half time whistle had taken the lead again at 20-18.
Both teams started the second half fired up and it was no surprise when both teams scored within the opening minutes to make the score 35-29 to the hosts. Both sides then defended well for the majority of the second half, neither allowing the other to register a point. But such a high intensity game would always lead to more scoring and this came after 71 minutes when BVI scored a brilliant try and were able to land the conversion, taking the score to 36-35. Six minuets later the visitors scored again to take the game out of the reach of St Lucia 41-35.
Scores came from Mal Dennis, Akim Herbert and Jerry Charles with a try apiece, debutante Cyriacus Isidore from the newly formed Micoud rugby scored a try to mark a very impressive first cap. Colvis Samuels also scored 12 points (1 try, two conversions and one penalty).
The game was a tremendous learning experience for the team, many were winning their first cap for their country. Three players were younger than 19 and many were just twenty years old. Will the team suffered a defeat the inclusion of so many young players and the performance their gave means the future looks very bright for rugby in St Lucia.