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Rugby: Final 7s Series This Sunday At Corinth Playing Field

RUGBY action returns to the Corinth playing field on Sunday 11th October 2020 from 10.30 a.m. with the final in the 7s series. Sunday’s tournament is organised by the Whiptail Warriors in collaboration with the Saint Lucia Rugby Football Union (SLRFU).

As the hype continues to build amongst the various teams, the question is asked: will Rogues men’s team continue their unbeaten run for 2020? Will they win their second consecutive three-peat.

Image: (L-R) Flashback!! Some of the women representing Whiptail Warriors and Renegades who will be on show on Sunday. (PHOTO: Anthony DE Beauville)
(L-R) Flashback!! Some of the women representing Whiptail Warriors and Renegades who will be on show on Sunday. (PHOTO: Anthony DE Beauville)

To date the Rogues team has captured the Tag 5s tournament and will no doubt start as favourites having won the first two tournaments in the 7s played at the La Clery playing field on Sunday 13th September defeating Renegades 14-12 and at the Sab Sporting Facility on Sunday 27th September defeating Renegades again 27-5.

On the women side of things, its game on, the scores being locked at 1-1 between Whiptail Warriors and Rogues/ Renegades combined and from the outside looking in, it’s too early to predict which team will win the final encounter.

By the look of things, if Whiptail Warriors keep to their game plan when they defeated the combined team 10-9, 22-7 and 14-10 on Sunday September 27th, the fans coming to take in the Whiptail Warriors and Rogues/ Renegades game will be in for real treat as this one could go down to the wire.

With all the excitement building up, THE VOICE spoke to the Saint Lucia Rugby Football Union Technical Director, Wayne Pantor about this weekend’s showpiece and what is expected on the pitch from the various teams. This is what he had to say.

“The final leg of the SLRFU 7’s series is expected to be very competitive as Renegades would be trying to upset Rogues three-peat. Rogues are undefeated in the Tag 5s as well, winning all three games in that series,” Pantor said.

The women have also progressed along, playing the system nicely and according to Pantor, “in the areas of ball movement, they continue with the flow of the ball into and away from contact situations”.

He said, “Once again in the 7’s format of the game Rogues would have their work cut out for them to be the champion of this series”.

“Overall, the players have adapted well over the series period in the areas of contacts, ball movement and breakdowns. So it’s just to see them applying themselves in the actual games and Sunday’s final 7s is a good opportunity to do so,” Pantor disclosed,

According to him the youth players continue to show development as they are passionate to learn and show they are able to hold their own on the field of play amongst the senior players.

Some key players to lookout for in this cycle would be: Neighman Lascaris and Ernie Julien (Rogues); Denzel Stanlel and Elijah Edwards (National Under-19) male; Shawnette St. Judes (Renegades) and Mary Roberts (Whiptail Warriors).

Image: (L-R) Flashback!! The men from Monchy Sharks; Whiptail Warriors; Renegades and Rogues are all set for another intriguing day of Rugby. (PHOTO: Anthony DE Beauville)
(L-R) Flashback!! The men from Monchy Sharks; Whiptail Warriors; Renegades and Rogues are all set for another intriguing day of Rugby. (PHOTO: Anthony DE Beauville)

THE VOICE also spoke to the captain for Whiptail Warriors women’s team, Senetta Vigier, about their preparation coming into the final tournament. This is what she had to say.

“Persons have not been enthusiastic about training; hence we have not had a training session together heading towards this weekend showpiece”.

“Well, last week we had none because of the weather, but this week no excuses they didn’t show up,” she added.

Vigier said she is hoping for a miracle however her team is able to perform to standard and regain victory.

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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