The atmosphere was charged at the Garrison Savannah on Saturday as the Barbados Rugby Football Union started its league season with a double-header.
In the first game, newcomers Emperors were ready and raring to go, but opponents Tridents failed to field a team and ended up forfeiting the game. Union officials then decided to press ahead with a 10-a-side game, Emperors versus Combined Teams, comprising those Tridents who were present and some of the Emperors’ players.
The action was fast and furious as Emperors jumped out to an early lead, with three unanswered tries and conversions. It should be noted that many of the Emperors’ players were on the national U-19 squad that toured Mexico in July.
Despite some unforced Emperors’ errors, and some blazingly fast tries from national sevens star Jae Bowen, the final score was Emperors 37, Combined Teams 19. This game did not affect league standings.
Combined tries: Jae Bowen 2 tries, Stephan Millar 1 try, Justin Newton-Gadsby kicked 12 points.
Emperors tries: Keyon “Dilly” Questelles, Brian Harewood, Daniel Ramsay, Che Springer, Matthew Willoughby (2 tries.) Nick Daniel kicked one conversion.
The second scheduled game, Scorpions versus Renegades, kicked off with early first-half action that saw Scorpions pressing ahead with rapid-fire tries from speed merchants Jae Bowen and Dario Stoute. Both men saw action in the recently concluded Sevens Tournament in Ottawa, Canada.
Renegades found their stride and managed to get on the board with a hard fought try, under severe pressure from the opposition.
Some determined late first-half action kept Scorpions on the defensive, as the momentum, if not the score, swung in favour of Renegades.
The half- time score was Scorpions 26, Renegades 7.
Kenneth Payne opened the Renegades’ scoring in the second half with a bold run that took the opposition by surprise.
Stephan Millar of Scorpions promptly returned the favour, maintaining his team’s healthy lead. Mario Holder scored midway through the second half. Some very entertaining but sloppy play resulted in another Scorpions’ try from Kevin Murrell.
The final score was Scorpions 47, Renegades 10.
Play continues every Saturday afternoon until mid-November.