Rugby teams' showing propels them to premier competition

July 25, 2016

Jamaica Under 19 boys and girls rugby teams put on impressive shows at the recent Rugby Americas North (RAN) tournament in Miami, Florida, placing first and third respectively.

The boys won the trophy zone and were propelled back into premier cup competition.

The Huntley Anderson-coached males outclassed Guyana 24-9, Bahamas 17-10, and the Bahamas 50-0 in the final.

The girls, who played a 10-a-side competition fell to Trinidad and competition winners the United States of America South. They topped the Bahamas 27-0 for third.

Meanwhile, Jamaica's team manager Jerry Benzwick praised the teams exemplary performance, despite the country being out of competition for two years.

"We have moved up in standard. We are going to be pooled with elite teams like Mexico, American North, Cayman, Trinidad and Bermuda," he said.

At an annual general meeting, to be held next Wednesday, Benzwick said he will be running for chairman of the local federation and hopes to bring "passion, energy and vision to the organisation."

He said it was good to see Jamaica play tactical and complete games, adjust their game and outwit their rivals.

Benzwick added that the females played well enough to come out winners, and had they minimised mistakes they would have.

"I am hoping to bring the same energy we saw displayed on the field to the leadership. I think it will be a good team sport for us in Jamaica as we have the speed, the talent and the size," he said.

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