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Rugby: Curtains for 2016

Image: A Le Sport player with ball in hand taking it all the way to the touch line against Guadeloupe. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

ROGUES Rugby male team from Saint Lucia and Guadeloupe’s female team shared honours as the curtains came down on the Saint Lucia Rugby Football Union’s calendar of events this past Saturday at the Gros Islet playing field.

In what can best be described as a keenly-contested showdown of all among the matches played under the scorching heat, the Guadeloupe ladies were made to fight for their, win while it was a walk in the park for the Saint Lucian men.

Image: Rogues, National Champions for 2016. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
Rogues, National Champions for 2016. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

The one-day event consisted of two rounds; the first round was a round robin and the second round a knockout to determine team rankings.

In the female category in Game 1, Le Sport caught the highly-fancied Guadeloupe team flatfooted, defeating them 17-10. For the Guadeloupe technical staff, it was a surprise defeat.

In game two, it was sweet revenge for Guadeloupe as they regrouped and left nothing to chance, giving Whip Tail Warriors a solid whiplash, 20-7. In game three — still in the ladies category — Le Sport proved to the small crowd on hand that it was no fluke when they defeated Guadeloupe as they went on to defeat Whip Tail Warriors 5-0 to secure a final spot.

Image: A Le Sport player with ball in hand taking it all the way to the touch line against Guadeloupe. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
A Le Sport player with ball in hand taking it all the way to the touch line against Guadeloupe. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

In the final, Guadeloupe defeated Le Sport 17-12 in a game that could have gone either way. The Le Sport team has itself to blame for not bringing its ‘A’ game into the final. Their numerous indecisive and inaccurate passes cost them their first national championship against a French team that grew in confidence as the day progressed.

In the men’s division, there were victories for Fighting Mongoose over Whiptail Warriors (21-18). Rogues Rugby, under Captain Irvin Joseph, trounced Fighting Mongoose 21-7. In the final game of round robin format, it was a ding dong battle between Rogues Rugby and Whiptail Warriors, but in the end, speed, agility and a die-hard attitude from Rogues Rugby with the twin brothers Irvin and Germain along with Jerry Charles proved a little too much for Whiptail as they succumbed to a 21-19 defeat.

Image: Le Sport’s Emma Mills-George with ball in hand is tackled by a Guadeloupe player in the final. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
Le Sport’s Emma Mills-George with ball in hand is tackled by a Guadeloupe player in the final. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

It was all to play for in the final between Rogues Rugby and Fighting Mongoose but certainly the Fighting Mongoose, known for their aggressiveness against their prey, did not live up to their name as they were blown away by Rogues Rugby 49-5 in a one-sided affair to claim their second consecutive title in a month.

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

He covers and contributes articles highlighting the areas of international, regional, national, community based clubs and schools sporting activities. There is never an off day as he stays busy... Read full bio...

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