Prowling Panthers demolish GDF in GRFU’s 12-a-side tourney


In a one-sided affair, Panthers proved too skillful for the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) in the Guyana Rugby Football Union’s (GRFU) 12-a-side competition on Sunday, storming to a 73-17 victory.

Riding high on their success against the Police Falcons in the opening match of the league, Panthers wasted no time in running up the tally against GDF.

At the end of the first half, Panthers were up by 42 points, with GDF scoring all of their 17 points in the phase of the game.

Panthers’ Rondel ‘Bull’ McArthur, who would be crowned Man-of-the-Match, opened the scoring by crashing through the opponent’s defence.

For Panthers, Jacques Archibald made a return to the sport and scored a try; elusive winger Ryan Dey added one try; Daniel Anderson one try; Phabian Joseph two tries; D’Arcy Durant two tries; Kempton David one try and a conversion; while Godfrey Broomes backed the team with 19 points, 14 of which came off his boots.

GDF’s points came from veteran Avery Corbin, Jonathan David, Peabo Hamilton and a conversion from Jamal Darrell.

To start the match, players, officials and spectators observed a minute of silence, for the passing of McArthur’s father earlier in the day.

This Saturday, February 25, the GRFU will be hosting a Sevens competition in the National Park from 10:00h. The following day, the 12s league will continue with a match between Police Falcons and GDF.

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