Displaying the resolve of champions, Hornets roared back from a 12-21 half time deficit to beat the University of Guyana (UG) 34-28 to capture the Guyana Rugby Football Union 10s’ Championship which ended yesterday, at the National Park Playfield.
On target for the winners were national Captain Ryan Gonsalves, who scored two tries and connected on two conversions along with singular tries from Christopher Singh, Dane Parks, Blaize Bailey and Elwyn Chase, while UG’s points came from Jose McKenzie, who went over the tryline twice, Lancelot Adonis with a try and three conversions, Ryan Dey a try and Godfrey Broomes a conversion.
Playing in the final before a fair-sized crowd, the champions went ahead very early when a long kick from Chase was raced on to by Singh, who outran his markers, before ending over the backiline. The conversion was misssed by Gonsalves, but they led 5-0.
However, UG responded shortly after through McKenzie who collected a gem of a pass from an opposing player only to find himself unmarked as he burst down the middle for an unimpeded try. The conversion was successful by Adonis.
Hornets restored their advantage following a beautiful run from the speedy Parks, who snared a fumble, before putting on the after burners, leaving defenders in his wake to finish over the backline, evoking memories of him in his heyday.
Gonsalves easily converted for a 12-7 lead.
Once again, the academics would not relent as they McKenzie broke two tackles to end over the tryline, before Adonis converted for a14-12 ascendancy.
Adonis then scored a try and converted shortly before the half for a 21-12 UG lead at the break.
On the resumption, Hornets went beserk, applying relentless pressure and they eventually reaped the rewards as when Bailey collected wide on the left flank and tore downfield to score a try. The conversion was good by Gonsalves.
Thereafter, Hornets completely dominated with Chase and Gonsalves scoring tries which effectively put the game out of reach of UG, thereby handing Hornets the win and title.
After the game, President of the Union Peter Green congratulated the teams for putting on an exciting final and urged players, who will be selected to a shortlist, to attend practice sessions since Guyana will be going all out to regain what he described as rightfully theirs, the NACRA Sevens title.
Public Relations Officer, Easn Griffith in his remarks also extened congratulations to all the teams for exhibiting the skills and tenacity that has made the game such a force on the local scene.
The Banks DIH Sevens Tournament is set for this Sunday at the National Park.
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