Just as they had done last year, Guyana’s ‘Green Machine’ produced another dominant performenace to subjugate Barbados to another defeat in the Rugby Americas North (RAN) 15s’ Championship South Zone Division
yesterday, at the National Park Playfield.
Once again Avery Corbin, who subjected the Bajans to an offensive onslaught last year, was again the hero for the Guyanese as he went over the tryline thrice in a scintillating display of power and finesse, before a fair-sized turnout.
Corbin’s efforts was supported by tries from Hooker Rickford Cummings, left flanker Dwayne Schroeder, fullback Lancelot Adonis and left wing Dane Parks, while scrum half Ryan Gonsalves made good on five conversions and a penalty as Guyana beat the visitors 48-17 to make a positive start to the championship.
The Guyanese opened the scoring when Gonsalves scored on a penalty to take a 3-0 lead in the first period.
The lead was then stretched when Corbin out-sprinted the Bajans backline, leapt high in the air to catch the ball and land over the tryline to make it 8-0.
Guyana continued to apply relentless pressure on the Bajans and were rewarded by Cummings, who collected a pass just short of the tryline and dived over it for a try which was converted by Gonsalves as the locals led 15-0.
Barbados responded right away through Anthony Faggiani, who bulldozed his way past the limp Guyana defence to score their first set of points as they trailed 15-5.
However, Guyana acted with immediacy through Corbin, who duplicated his previous act when he soared high in the air to snatch the ball and land over the tryline much to the appreciation of the fans.
Gonsalves was again on target as Guyana led 22-5.
Schroeder then gave Guyana added cushion when he weaved past a host of tackles to end over the tryline, before Gonsalves converted for a 29-5 advantage.
Corbin then completed a scorching first half when he netted a try which was converted by Gonsalves as the break saw Guyana lead 36-5.
The second period brought no reprieve for the Bajans and even though they scored an additional twelve points the result was never in doubt as Guyana racked up a further twelve points and conceded a similar amount to enjoy victory.
Guyana now faces Jamaica on May 21 at the National Park Playfield, before they face defending champions Trinidad and Tobago in the Twin Island Republic.
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