CANADA dominates RAN 7’s
Port of Spain, Trinidad, November 21, 2016
Canada’s male and female rugby 7’s teams were a force to be reckoned with for Guyana and Jamaica respectively, as they dominated the finals of the Rugby Americas North (RAN) 7’s Tournament recently at the CIC Grounds, St James.
Guyana’s men team had valiantly fought their way through the group stages during the two-day event, getting the better of T&T at one point to reach the final against Canada, while Jamaica also looked a side in form, working their way through their unfortunate opponents throughout the weekend. But both teams proved to be drastically unequipped to handle the sheer speed and force of their Canadian counterparts when it mattered most.
Canada’s men pummeled Guyana 52-5 in the Men’s Cup Final, with many of their early scoring chances coming unchallenged. And while Guyana were still able to put in a successful try, Jamaica’s women were not as fortunate, falling to their Canadian counterparts 41-0 in their Women’s Cup final. Canada had long grown accustomed to not being scored on, having already defeated Jamaica 40-0 in the final match of the group stages and demolished Mexico 43-0 on their way to the final.
None-the-less, Jamaica’s men and women’s teams along with Guyana’s men team walked away with consolation spots in this years’ Hong Kong 7’s based on their finishing positions.
The weekend was not as bright for T&T, as both teams were knocked out in the semi-final round. The T&T men succumbed to Guyana 5-0 while the women missed out on a final berth by one try to Jamaica who beat them 10-5.
Despite not making it to the final however, T&T women’s coach, Kelson Figaro said he was still proud of his team as they showed improvement from the last tournament. “The loss in the semi-finals was disappointing, because I thought that we could have won, but overall the team performed credibly and showed improvement from the last tournament. We just need to continue building,” said Figaro.
Also commending the performance of the local teams was TSTT’s Chief Marketing Officer (Ag.) Camille Campbell who was also in high praise of the organizers of the event for which blink | bmobile was a sponsor. “I want to commend the T&T teams for representing the red, black and white with such pride, they may not have secured the titles but they definitely won a few hearts and a few more rugby fans,” said Campbell. “We are pleased to have been a part of the RAN 7’s event in T&T and to assist the TTRFU with staging this important international tournament. We had no doubt that the TTRFU would produce a fantastic event and we are happy to see that it was in fact well organized and attended.”
Speaking on the overall event, President of the TTRFU, Leslie Figaro, praised blink | bmobile for backing his organization for a successful tournament but lamented T&T’s heartbreaking defeats in the semi-final rounds. “Well, it was disappointing and unfortunate that we didn’t make any of the finals, but it was about who was better on the day,” said Figaro. “But tournament-wise, in terms of the organization I thought it was well put together in terms of logistics, we had excellent weather for rugby, the pitches were pristine, there were some issues with the transport for instance, but they were minor things, we were able to deal with them.”
In closing, Figaro thanked the Minister of Sport, Darryl Smith as well as the President of the Republic of T&T, Anthony Carmona for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend the event.