Bermuda Under-19 rugby team win bronze in Jamaica
Bermuda’s under-19 rugby team have come home with a bronze medal from the Rugby Americas North tournament in Jamaica..
A tight 7-6 triumph over Trinidad & Tobago secured a place on the podium, with a Nyindae Smith' try and a conversion by Brandon Sangster making up the points.
The Bermudian squad faced off against USA South, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana at the University of West Indies’ Mona Bowl, and coach Chris Naylor was pleased with the performances.
“Preparation in Gibraltar before the tournament proved instrumental in helping the team gel and develop effective patterns of play,’’ Naylor said.
“Despite some senior players ageing out of the under-19 class this year, the Bermuda under-19 rugby team's future shines brightly, with a promising line-up of players remaining in the age bracket for the next season.”
Captain Kwame Naylor suffered an injury in Bermuda’s 48-0 opening match success over Guyana, which saw him miss the rest of the tournamentr, with vice-captain Ryan Daniel also ruled out with injury in the next game, but Daniel was pleased with the way his team-mates fought for a medal.
“All the boys are emotional and over the moon at the bronze win,’’ Daniel said.
“We worked really hard for this result, but we don’t want to stop there. Now that we are back, the team will get together and start work in September to build on our successes, so that hopefully we can place higher next year.”