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T&T whips B’dos in Nacra opener
James Phillip scored a hat-trick of tries, guiding a commanding but far from flawless T&T senior men’s rugby team to a 34-5 bonus-point win over Barbados in the North America and Caribbean Rugby Association (Nacra) 15s South Zone Championship, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, yesterday. T&T moved to three points, joint with Guyana, which remains the leader on points difference. following the latter team’s 48-19 opening match win a week prior. The Warriors opened in confidence, setting the venue crowd alight after scoring within the first five minute of the contest. Phillip recorded the try and added his second, an effort converted by Aasan Lewis) in the same period, before Barbados responded late on with a try to close the deficit at 12-5. Phillip continued T&T’s rout with a third try soon after the start of the second half.
A subsequent try from captain Adam Fredericks, which was also converted by Lewis, gave T&T the bonus point. The match was once again brought to life with the introduction of Rainbow prodigy Agboola Silverthorne and Daryl Scott of Invictus, both of whom upped the tempo and contributed directly to another pair of tries, which saw T&T close the match with a well-deserved victory. Silverthorn, immediately after his introduction, fed Joseph Quashie with a quick, clever pass, as the latter eased past a pair of Barbadian players to finish the move. Moments later, Scott added the final try after hounding down a Barbadian player close to the try-line to pick up and finish. The win for coach Larry Mendez’s men put it within a strong chance to repeat last year’s Championship win. T&T will play Guyana, a team which it defeated (20-0) at the same stage of the competition last year, on June 7, in Providence, Guyana.