Guyanese ruggers dominate French Guiana in Goodwill tournament

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Team Guyana played a dominate hand and won three of the four categories at the one-day Goodwill Series with French Guiana on Saturday at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary.

The tournament’s main aim was to foster the development of young players in the Under-17, Under-19 and male and female senior Sevens categories. Guyana won the best-of-three matches in all categories, but the females.

In some soggy conditions, the Under-17s drew first blood against their counterparts, winning 14-12, but the Frenchmen came back in rampant style and crushed the Guyanese 36-7.

It left the thought that the decider would be a tit-for-tat battle. It was the case for the early moments, as the locals lapsed in defence, but with screams of advice coming for all ends, they galvanised and got the job done. They won 24-14.

Captain of the Under-17s, Odida Douglas, stated it was a valuable experience as they learnt to under intense pressure.

For the Under-19s, they wasted little time to settle and romped to massive victories in the first two matches.  They won 24-10 and then 19-14. They lost the dead rubber in quite embarrassing fashion as the score line read 0-24.

The females encountered a torrid time as they were only able to muster 17 points in three matches, while French Guiana piled on 71 to take all three. The scores for those matches went 5-26, 12-26 and 0-19.

In the Men’s Sevens, it was all Guyana through the brute force from the likes of Avery Corbin and blazing speed from Patrick King.  The first two matches went 14-0 and the final 14-12.

The tournament was supported by the National Sports Commission, Banks DIH Limited and the Guyana Police Force.

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