CAC Games: Jamaica ends Guyana’s rugby medal hopes


Guyana’s senior national male ruggers lost their quarter-final match up against Jamaica in the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Jamaica turned the tables on Guyana by winning 15-10 in the quarter-finals on Thursday (August 2). Guyana’s ‘Green Machine’ had defeated Jamaica 31-7 in 2010 to win gold at the Games when it was held at the National Stadium, Providence.

Today was close since the match went into extra-time after scores were 10-10 at regulation time. Both halves of the match produced a try each for both sides.

Godfrey Broomes and Ryan Gonsalves scored tries, but Gonsalves failed to make a conversion, which based on the scores could have made the difference between a medal and an empty-handed trip back home.

Jamaica have now moved into medal contention with a spot in the semi-finals where they play the hosts, while the Guyanese ruggers play Guatemala in the 5-8 placing later this evening.

On Wednesday, Green Machine started off by defeating Costa Rica 22-7 after producing a flawless second half, scoring 10 points without an answer from the Costa Ricans.

However, their next match against Mexico, they were leading 5-0 after a try from Claudius Butts, but Mayers did not make the conversion. The second-half was all about the Mexicans as they scored all their 14 points to seal the match.

Guyana had their chances to close out the match with winger Patrick King scoring a try, but another missed conversion by Dwayne Schroeder meant they suffered their first loss in group matches with the final scores reading 10-14.

Against the hosts in their final group match, they turned the screws in the second half to come out with a 14-12 victory. All of their points came in the second half via two tries from King and conversions from Broomes.

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