Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Guyana and Bahamas win in 2011 NACRA Championship


Two international matches took place over the weekend involving four international sides from North America. The North American and Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) Championship divided into the Northern and Southern zones had two international matches with IRB rankings on the lines an most importantly a chance of qualifying for the Final which will feature the top qualifying side from the North vs the South. The competing teams are all member nations of NACRA.

Mexico had won the right to face the Bahamas in Nassau after defeating the Cayman Islands 34-20 on May 15th, in the NACRA Men's 15 a-side Round 1 North final, in Mexico City. Mexico now have the coming days to preapre to face Bermuda at home on June 4th. Mexico´s win over the Cayman Islands was tough as scores were level at 17-17 after 54 minutes. The Cayman Islands were leading 20-17 shortly therafter but scored three late tries to pull off a 34-20 win. It should be a significant match as Bermuda defeated the Bahamas in an earlier match. The team who finishes first will go on to the Final as the Northern Caribbean champion.

In the Southern Group, last years champion Guyana pulled off a tight but highly important 22-20 victory of Trinidad & Tobago in the Port of Spain. Guyana will play against Barbados at home in the next match and require a victory to qualify for the final. Barbados can also still make the final if they defeated Guyana. The bonus point loss puts Trinidad & Tobago in first place but all but ends the sides chances of winning the Southern zone as Guyana are only a single point behind. Trinidad & Tobago defeated neighbours Barbados 17-10 in the first round on May 23.

Northern Group Standings
Bahamas  5
Bermuda 4
Mexico 1 (game in hand)

Southern Group Standings

Trinidad & Tobago 5
Guyana 4
Barbados 1 (game in hand)

With Thanks: www.nawira.com

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