Guyana’s national 15s rugby team returned home yesterday without silverware they left holding as they were narrowly defeated Saturday by Trinidad and Tobago 22-20 in the final of the Southern Zone of the North, Central Americ and Caribbean Rugby Association Championships.
And Guyana news on the one hand is quoted as saying “According to reports out of the Twin Island Republic, several inept referee decisions were made including a disallowed try that led to Guyana surrendering the 15s title won last season after 43 years.”
Match officials were not named.
In the title-deciding match though on the Fatima College Grounds Saturday afternoon Trinidad and Tobago broke out to a 12-0 half time lead on tries from wing James Phillip and prop Ernest Wright with hooker Felicien Guerra adding a conversion.
In the second frame Guyana clawed back into the match as Kevin McKenzie touched down just two minutes into the second half to make the score 12-5.
The home side T & T responded on the hour mark as scrum-half Johnason Alleyne scored.
Four minutes later Guyana ‘s wing Avery Corbin finished strongly to put his side back into contention with fifteen minutes to go in the match.
The frantic nature of the match continued with T & T hitting for its bonus point try from inside centre Andre Caberra and it was a 22-10 score.
Three minutes later Guyanese flanker Richard Staglon crossed to cut the T & T lead to a converted try for the final eight minutes of the match and just before full time McKenzie who plays in Australia hit for his second try but the conversion that would have tied it did not go over as T & T held on for the narrow 22-20 win!
Despite the loss Guyana came away with two bonus points for scoring four tries and losing by less than seven to leave them a point back 6-5 in the pool standings, but leaving Trinidad and Tobago with top spot with no pool matches remaining.
Other NACRA action saw Mexico dominate the Cayman Islands 24-3 meaning Trinidad and Tobago will host the Les Serpientes in the play-offs at a date to be announced.