Those with the Cayman Islands National XVs rugby team say staying mentally strong is key to advancing in the upcoming North America and Caribbean Rugby Association regional championships.
Cayman last year advanced to the regional semifinals, but the team has never qualified for the NACRA finals.
Speaking at a press conference previewing Cayman’s two NACRA opening matches — both home slates versus Bahamas (21 May) and Bermuda (18 June) — Vice-Captain Neil Montgomery says Cayman needs to clear its own mental hurdles in order to make the tournament finals for the first time.
“Going into the games and actually then not getting stage fright,” Montgomery said of how Cayman can improve on previous finishes. “Not going through that last 30 minutes or 15 minutes and losing the game. Because a lot of the previous games have been lost very closely, very small margins. So I think it’s us just actually taking and putting a full 80-minute performance together and implementing what we’ve practiced and what we’ve trained for. I think we’ve got the skills, we’ve got all of the tools to do that.”