It was billed as a dream final and both Yamaha Caribs and University of Guyana (UG) Wolves gave the fans a glimpse of Guyana’s prowess at Sevens rugby during the final of the Golden Brook/Windjammer Hotel/Toney – sponsored League Tournament which ended on Saturday, at the National Park.
In the end, Caribs led by former national Captain and Coach Theodore Henry escaped with a narrow 19-14 win to exact revenge on their nemesis UG Wolves who have beaten them in the Banks Sevens Competition a few weeks ago.
Witnessed by a fair-sized crowd that included UG Registrar Vincent Alexander, former President of the Guyana Rugby Football Union Noel Adonis, UG Sports Co-ordinator Lavern Fraser among others, the two teams engaged in a slugfest with Henry, the speedy Carl Lewis, Captain Akeem Fraser and the wily veteran Walter George leading the attack for Caribs, while Godfrey Broomes and Ryan Dey played similar roles for the Wolves.
Lewis, whose speed has been a bother to many defences this season was once again in menacing form and sped over the tryline once, while George and Fraser duplicated his effort with solitary tries of their own.
Henry, having to call on all his experience to hold the Wolves at bay, converted two of his three attempts for the extra two points to complete their tally, while Broomes heroics proved to be in vain. He scored a penalty try, a try and two conversions to keep them interested, but was let down by poor ball handling in crucial moments.
In the earlier game, Pepsi Hornets coasted to a comfortable 17-7 triumph over the slumping Guyana Defence Force unit with Rickford Cummings, Leon Greaves and Jason DeFreitas scoring a try apiece to go with a single conversion by national Captain Ryan Gonsalves.
Also present at the presentation ceremony which followed immediately after were representatives of the sponsors Dustani Barrow of Golden Brook, Carey Griffith of Windjammer and Sports Journalist Rawle Toney.
Barrow presented the winning trophy to Caribs Captain Akeem Fraser in the presence of teammates and fans.
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