Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bermuda through to Final of 2011 NACRA


The battle of Mexico City saw the Mexican National mens rugby team, Los Serpientes, go down 26-7 to Bermuda in a do-or-die NACRA international match on the weekend. The result means that Bermuda are confirmed as the first finalists of the 2011 Caribbean Cup, as winners of the Northern Zone and will face off against the winner of the Southern Zone which includes Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago. Mexico, nonetheless continue to show steady growth as the side. The side is yet to be an official member of the IRB with a place in the World Rankings.

Bermuda´s win was on the back of a strong start thanks to four first half penalties to Greg Fraser as his side were dominant. The Caribbean nation also crossed for a first half try to prop, Alan Steale which Fraser converted to put the visitors ahead 19-0 at the interval. The second half started off in similar fashion with Bermuda controlling territoty in what was a forward orientated game plan. Centre, Greg Garside got his name on the scorecard in the 54th minute as Bermuda had the game well and truelly wrapped up at 26-0 following a successful conversion from Fraser. Mexisco did not give in, however and were rewarded with backrower, Simon Pierre scoring a try in the 62nd minute following impressive work from Los Serpientes. Flyhalf Miguel Carner was on target with the conversion attempt but it was already game over as Mexico´s run cam too late. Barbados will play Guyana on June 11 in Georgetown, Guyana. Currently both teams and Trinidad & Tobago can qualify for the final vs Bermuda.

With Thanks: www.nawira.com

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