Guyanese ruggers beat Belize 36-5 in RAN Sevens opener
The ‘Green Machine’, Guyana’s senior national Men’s Rugby team, made a commanding start to the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Sevens competition, decimating Belize on Saturday morning in the Turks and Caicos.
Guyana, seven-time winners of the RAN Sevens competition, brushed aside Belize 36-5 in the third game of two-day competition at the Meridian Rugby Fields.
Guyana is slotted in Pool C alongside Belize and Bermuda. The Guyanese next play Bermuda at 14:15h on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, Jamaica disposed of hosts Turks and Caicos 24-5 in a Pool A match, while Mexico annihilated Curacao 33-0 on a Pool B contest.
After day one, the top two teams from each of the three pools will advance to the Cup competition, while the bottom team will play for the Plate on day two.
For the Cup competition, the six nations that advance will be re-seeded into two pools of three and play against each of their pool opponents in their first two games on Sunday, October 17.
After those two rounds, the top-seeded nation in each pool will advance to the Cup Final, while the two second-place teams will play for bronze and the two third-place teams will play in the 5th/6th place match.
The tournament also acts as a qualifier for next year’s World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series, with the winning side gaining the opportunity to compete for the 16th and final spot on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series.