Strong Guyana rugby side no match for Canada, the U.S.

By Admin Thursday August 30 2012 in Sports
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Coming into last weekend’s North America Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) championship in Ottawa, Guyana reigned supreme, winning the men’s Sevens tournament six straight years.

 

There was much at stake in this year’s two-day competition. In addition to being a regional championship, the tournament served as a 2013 World Cup qualifier.

 

With their preparation badly affected by bad weather and lack of financial resources, the Guyanese were no match for eventual champions Canada which played unbeaten, and losing finalist the United States, both of which have booked Moscow World Cup spots.

 

Other competing teams were St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Bermuda, Mexico, The Bahamas, Barbados and the Cayman Islands. The teams were divided into three groups.

 

Guyana recorded wins over Trinidad & Tobago (10-0 and 26-0), Cayman Islands (15-12) and The Bahamas (26-10). They lost to Barbados (19-12) and Mexico (17-14).

 

Team manager, Mike McCormack, said the Guyanese have come a long way in the sport in a short period.

 

“We have made a seamless transition from the 15-a-side version to the shorter seven-a-side,” he said. “However, we will soon have to make a decision as to where the emphasis is going to be.”

 

Guyana participated for the first time in the prestigious Hong Kong tournament latch March, defeating China for their only win in five games.

 

“We entered the tournament as the 24th ranked team and left as the 22nd,” said McCormack who represented Guyana in the late 1960s. “In a sense, it was a successful competition for us.”

 

Rugby Sevens is now an Olympic sport and will make its debut in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

 

“This is a major development,” said British-born McCormack who moved to Guyana in 1970 and is also the president of the country’s human rights association.

 

Due to a lack of funding, the Guyana women’s team did not make the trip to Ottawa.

 

Canada dominated the women’s series, outscoring their opponents 284-0.

 

Coming into last weekend’s North America Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) championship in Ottawa, Guyana reigned supreme, winning the men’s Sevens tournament six straight years.

 

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