THE Saint Lucia Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) staged the first leg of its Community 7s Tournament at the Soufriere Mini Stadium last Sunday.
Eight matches were played on the day, including two between female teams VBCC Stingers Team and Whiptail Warriors Rugby Football Club.
According to the organizers, apart from minor hiccups, the planned matches went on with impressive results. Both female matches were won by VBCC Stingers. The Stingers won by 14-10 in the first game and went on to dominate the second 14-0. Ashley Nelson of VBCC Stingers secured two consecutive tries in the first match that led to the team’s victory.
The male category did not disappoint, either, as the rivalry between clubs was evident. Some surprising plays were displayed, showing improvement in skills in many of the players.
Rogues Rugby Football Club commanded day one of the tournament, winning the matches against Whiptail Warriors 28-5 and 22-14. Jean Mael Philip of Rogues Rugby Football Club scored three tries in the tournament.
Soufriere Lions Team showed heart and remarkable athletic skills as they held their own in the exhibition games against the more experienced teams from Castries. They are definitely a team to look out for in the future.
Meanwhile, the Community 7s Tournament’s second leg take place at the Laborie playing field on Sunday as the SLRFU looks forward to bringing the sport to various communities and increase awareness and interest in rugby on the island.