Jamaica win historic Canada rugby Test

August 28, 2017
Members of Jamaica's Rugby League team.

Jamaica defeated Canada 28-14 in the second match in the 2017 Americas Championships in the Reggae Warriors' first home Test, held at the Mona Bowl, University of West Indies, Kingston on Saturday.

A severe thunderstorm before kickoff saw the game delayed by 15 minutes, but not even the heavy showers could dampen spirits.

Jamaica opened the scoring in the third minute through fullback Joseph Shae, Canada responding shortly after when centre Rick Schouten crashed over in the right corner, Denny McCarthy converting for a 6-4 Wolverines lead.

 

Superb solo effort

 

Doncaster's Aaron Jones-Bishop then released flyer Kenneth Walker twice then on the left for tries for the hosts and stand off Fabion Turner scored a superb solo effort from 30 metres, Jones-Bishop converting to give the Reggae Warriors an 18-6 lead at the break.

Canada cut the deficit shortly after the re-start when veteran winger Tony Felix crashed over on the right edge to make it 18-10.

Jamaica's centre Kareen Harris scored next but Canada responded, through hooker Jack Couzens to make it 22-14.

Jamaica debutant Steve Miller sent the crowd into rapture when he recovered a chip kick from Shae on half way and raced untouched to the try line, Jones-Bishop converting to seal a tremendous win.

 

Focused and confident

 

"The energy from the fans was phenomenal, they pushed the players to their capacity," commented Jamaica head coach Romeo Monteith.

"Hats off to Canada who stuck to the task and never gave up. As for the Jamaica lads, they were focused and confident, their execution was pretty good throughout playing to our advantage, our pace out wide. The forwards were solid in the middle and that gave us our platform."

Canada's head coach Ben Flemmings said, "Jamaica scored first and we never recovered. We played well in patches but just couldn't put together a consistent performance. I think Jamaica came out and wanted it more in front of a parochial home crowd, they had quick play the ball and exploited our edges, congratulations to them."

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