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Narrow win leaves Teachers on top

Teachers have opened up a narrow three-point lead at the top of the Bermuda Rugby Football Union table after the final round of matches before the Christmas break.A Kai Edwards try was enough to give them a slim 5-0 win over Mariners in a close encounter at Malabar this past weekend and keep them just ahead of Police who are second.The men in blue meanwhile missed out on the chance to stay level on points with their title rivals, after suffering another defeat at the hands of Renegades.In the five times that the teams have faced each other so far this year, Police have only won once. On Saturday they paid the price for coming up against a Renegades team still smarting from the thrashing they received from Teachers the week before.Still Police were ahead 7-6 at half-time after David Pringle’s try, which Mike Kane converted, cancelled out a 40 metre drop goal and penalty from Ian Henderson.The Renegades fly half had an impressive day with the boot overall, and a second drop goal and penalty after the break put Renegades back in front.Police fought back and Pringle crossed again for his second try, which Edwards converted to put his side back in front. After that though Renegades tightened up and tries from Phil Hall and Tom Healy gave them a 22-14 win.In the women’s games, Teachers’ clash with Mariners was again a close affair with tries from Katy Wright and Marie-Pierre Beaudoin giving Teachers a narrow 2-1 win. Liz Breeze scored for Mariners.Renegades ladies, meanwhile, kept up their three-year dominance of the league with a comfortable 5-2 win over Police courtesy of a Nicola Jones hat-trick, and tries from Karen Peckett and Melissa Field. Mika Tomita scored both of Police’s tries.Domestic rugby now takes a break until January 9 when games will switch to Sundays and move from Malabar to the National Sports Centre.n Teams from several Bermuda schools took part in a sevens tournament last week with Sandys and Saltus the major winners.Sandys won the Under-12 and Under-14 competitions, both times beating Somersfield in the final while Saltus claimed the Under-16 title with a 30-10 win over Somersfield.