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T&T, Guyana in Nacra rugby showdown

Published: 
Saturday, April 11, 2015
T&T’s Calypso Warriors engage in a scrum during a practice session at Harvard Pitch, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, on Wednesday. T&T and Guyana will meet today to determine the winner of the 2015 Nacra South Zone Championship. The match will be played at Fatima College Ground, Mucurapo, from 4 pm. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS

Caribbean rugby’s familiar and fierce rivalry between T&T and Guyana will resurrect once again today when they meet in the deciding match of the Nacra South Zone Championship.

The two teams will clash at Fatima College Ground, Mucurapo, from 4 pm, with Warriors will be seeking to dethrone Guyana, last year’s South Zone and overall Nacra Championship winner.

Both teams are on three points each after securing bonus point wins in their round-robin opener against Barbados last month. 

Guyana played Barbados first and won 48-22 in Georgetown, before T&T won by a convincing 44-7 margin in Garrison.

Thus, T&T is ahead on points difference and a draw today will be enough to claim the Championship.

The winner will go on to play either Mexico or the Cayman Islands in the Nacra Championship final on a date to be announced. The Cayman Islands will host Mexico today at the same time as the T&T/Guyana clash to determine the North Zone winner.

On home soil, one change has been made to the T&T roster released several days ago. Jonathan O’Connor (recovering from surgery) has made way for Andrew Welch.

Travis Carmichael and Samuel Skeete, both of whom travelled to Barbados, were replaced by Caribs RFC pair Andre Cabrera and Andrew Taylor. Despite sustaining a concussion against Barbados, Aasan Lewis was cleared to play today. Adam Frederick leads the team as captain. 

On the opposite end, Australia-based Kevin McKenzie has strengthened the Guyana squad with his inclusion.

The visiting team also includes a core of players who participated in (but lost all three matches) at the Hong Kong Sevens qualifiers last month.

The two teams will meet today for the fourth successive year at this stage of Nacra rugby.

After the four meeting dating back to 2011, Guyana holds a 3:1 win/loss ratio. The 2011 match ended with Guyana sneaking a 22-20 win. The same team then followed up with a 20-0 home a year later. Then, in 2013, T&T reversed its previous loss with a 20-0 victory to win the South Zone title.

Finally last year, Guyana took control of the rivalry with a 15-8 win in Providence, before claiming the overall Caribbean title.

Squads

Guyana: Kevin McKenzie, Rondell MacArthur, Jason Tyrell, Rockford Cummings, Dwayne Schroeder, Vallon Adams, Richard Staglon, Jamal Angus, Jermaine Prowell, Ryan Gonsalves, Peabo Hamilton, Theodore Henry, Claudius Butts, Avery Corbin, Ronald Mayers, Jacques Archibald, Kevon David, Delroy Gordon, Troy Arjoon, Blaise Bailey, Lancelot Adonis, Leon Greaves and Randy James.

T&T: Adam Frederick, Felician Guerra, Samuel Roberts, Johnason Alleyne, Keishorn Walker, Ernest Wright, Christopher Hudson, Jerome Poon Tip, Joseph Quashie, Kereem Figaro, Andrew Taylor, Jamal Clark, Agboola Silverthorn, Kirby Hosang, James Phillip, Wayne Kelly, Anderson Joseph, Jesse Richards, Akiel Smith, Shakir Flemming, Andre Cabera, Andrew Welch, Aasan Lewis

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