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Rugby men overcome USA South
T&T Rugby men left it late before overcoming USA South 34-33 in yesterday’s crucial 2018 Rugby Americas North (RAN) Senior Men’s 15 Championship encounter at the St Mary’s College Ground, Serpentine Road, St Clair.
With the score at 33-27 in the dying moments, Jonathan Alleyne broke loose from a scrum before sidestepping the challenge of an onrushing USA South defender, to carry the ball past the line for a try that took the home team one point short of their opponents for the first time in the game.
And Sebastian Navarro, who was surprisingly inconsistent from the spot, made sure this time on the conversion to assure the host victory.
Playing in their second match of the championship, the home team who was without coach Kyle Wynyard, trailed for most of the match as the visitors showed their superiority in experience. T&T got a try from Jamaal Stewart in the 17th minute, which Navarro converted. But Navarro was off target in the 38th minute after Felicien Guerra busted through a crowded USA South defence to try. That try took the home team to the dressing room at the half trailing 27-12.
Afterwards, the visitors continued their dominance on the pitch, opening up a sizeable gap that appeared impossible for the home team to close. However, Joseph Quashie added a try in the 45th minute which went unconverted when Navarro missed for the second time in the match.
Later Leon Pantor stormed past the visitor’s defence in the 55th to try, but despite replacing Navarro with Karlon Alexander for the conversion, the latter still failed to get his shot between the bars.
With USA South leading 33-22, Agboola Silverthorn added another try for T&T to take his team tally to 27, before the Alleyne show, and Navarro’s late conversion, that earned T&T the win.
T&T will next face the Cayman Islands in its third match away on June 23.
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