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Cayman keeps Rugby World Cup hopes alive with win over Bermuda

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Venasio Tokatokavanua and Michael Wilson each scored a pair of tries to lead the Cayman Islands National Men’s XVs rugby team to a dominating 47-11 win over Bermuda Saturday (18 June) at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

Cayman improves to 2-0 in Rugby Americas North play, which doubles this year as a Rugby World Cup qualifier.

“I thought it was a really nice performance,” Cayman Islands coach Phil Pretorius told Cayman 27 afterward. “We scored some really nice tries. The guys played an exciting brand of rugby. I’m glad there was a big crowd here.”

The victory sets up a winner-takes-all showdown with Mexico on 2 July for the tournament title. That match will be played in Mexico City.

The win over Bermuda was secured in the first half as Tokatokavanua scored an early try and Morgan Shelver hit the conversion.

Wilson then crossed the line for back-to-back tries before Edward Westin added another just before the half and Cayman led 28-6 at the half.

Tokatovanua added his second early in the second half before Michael Wight and Ben Blair added scores as well.

“That’s nine wins in a row,” Wilson said afterward, talking about a string of undefeated tournament and warm-up matches that’s believed to be a new record for Cayman. “So it’s a big accomplishment for this team. They’ve been working for 24 weeks now on and off and to be together and actually come through like this is a great advantage coming into Mexico in the next game.”

About the author

Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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