<span style="color:#666666"><em><strong>The St Lucia senior male rugby team continued its winning ways when the local lads defeated sailors of the HMS Iron Duke, 43 points to 15, on Tuesday at the Corinth Ground. This victory came after a win in a Seven-a-side match against the visiting civil servants from England, seven tries to five, on Tuesday at the Comprehensive Secondary School Ground.</strong></em></span>
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<div align="center"><span style="color:#009900"><em><strong>A player with HMS Iron Duke gets rocked following a devastating tackle from a St Lucian player during Tuesday’s rugby game at the Corinth Playing Field in St. Lucia.</strong></em></span></div>

The sailors went ahead early in the match by scoring three points from a penalty which only served to spur on the St Lucia team who quickly respond with a try (five points) and conversion (two points) of their own. At the end of the first half, St Lucia was leading 36 points to 10, having scored five tries, four conversions and one penalty against the sailor’s one try, one conversion and one penalty.

Scoring was less prolific in the second half where St Lucia scored only one try and one conversion, while HMS Iron Duke was able to add only one more try to their tally. Colvis Samuels of St Lucia led the scoring for the local team with 13 points through five conversions and one penalty, while Jerry Charles and Bert Jean scored two tries each. Cliffe Reynolds and Akim Herbert chipped in with one try apiece to give St Lucia the win.
It was an impressive and exciting display of rugby by St Lucia in all aspects of the game regarding scrumaging, line outs, rucks and mauls, etc. The back line was particularly impressive, given the fact that half of the players were playing their first fifteen’s match ever. They were up to the task. Kendal Cadette and Lenford Eugene made
several incursions into opposition territory to great effect and were unfortunate not to score.

Aggression both in defence and attack proved the undoing of the visiting sailors. They may have been surprised at the level of organization of the St Lucia team and the manner in which they played.

The most valuable St Lucian player was flanker Reynolds who played what may be called the game of his life. He repeatedly broke down attacks launched by the sailors from set pieces such as scrums and was devastating in open play. His solo effort gave him a try to cap a truly remarkable performance.

The St Lucia team was as follows: Akim “The Truck” Herbert, Martin, Wedrel “Tommy” St Claire, Danlin Samuel, Cyril Marius, Henson Hunte, Cliffe Reynolds, Tim, Bert Jean, Colvis Samuels, Jerry Charles (Captain,) Kendal Cadette, Lenford Eugene, Shaun Alcindor, Uranus “Mal” Denis, Thomas Fletcher, Roger Butcher, Marcelle Jonas, Valdez Franklin, Denson Abraham and Douglas George.
Next on the agenda for St Lucia will be the North America and Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) Seven’s Tournament scheduled for November 14 and 15, 2009 in Mexico City, Mexico. Both the St Lucia senior male and female teams are undergoing intense training at the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School Ground from Mondays to Thursdays from 5pm and on Sundays from 10am, in preparation for this prestigious event.

Most of the of the Caribbean territories such as Trinidad, Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica, Bahamas and Bermuda as well as power houses USA, Canada and Mexico will be vying for the crown of NACRA champs which has implications for the Seven’s World Cup. In addition, individuals from the various territories will be showcasing their talent for selection to the Caribbean team which plays in the International Rugby Board (IRB) tournament in San Diego, USA, in February.

Source: <a href="http://stluciastar.com/content/archives/7958">St. Lucia Star </a>

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