Cayman’s National XVs team hosted Toronto-based Bay Street RFC Saturday (30 April) in a warm-up match ahead of the NACRA regional championship.
Cayman trailed 15-12 late in the game before Josh Clark bullied his way past the try line and delivered Cayman a 17-15 win.
Earlier in the day, a Cayman Islands club select team also faced a Bay Street team and emerged victorious as well.
Posting on Facebook, Cayman head coach Phil Pretorius wrote the following:
What a brilliant day of rugby at South Sound. Bay Street Pigs from Toronto brought two quality sides over. They were big strong physical and sportsmanlike. Great to play against Canadian internationals also. Our Club Select side showed some tremendous backbone by scoring two tries in the last 10 minutes to close the deficit from 10-19 to a 22-19 victory. The first team game was one of the most physical battles that I’ve seen in a long time. After being outplayed for long periods the RHSW Cayman team dug deep and closed a 6-15 deficit in the last 20 minutes to a 17-15 victory. How they did it showed tremendous character after being pummeled by some ferocious tackling throughout. After five landslide victories, this was the first time our character was tested and you prevailed. To the Pigs many thanks for the best preparation for Bahamas possible. Also your sportsmanship afterwards was exemplary and gracious even after you could have easily won both games.
Cayman opens NACRA championship play by hosting Bahamas on 21 May at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.