League-leaders Scorpions gave the upstart Renegades a chastening 40-10 drubbing over the weekend as action in the Barbados Rugby Football Union season continued at the Garrison Savannah
Scorpions scored in the early minutes with an adrenaline-fuelled try from Raj Edwards followed by a conversion by the ever-reliable Ian Chetland.
This was just the beginning of the blitzkreig attack of the champions, as Stephen Atwell, Sean Ward, Mark Leacock poured on the pressure in a furious offensive display deep in the Renegades end.
Ward and Chetland quickly took the score to 14 – 0 for Scorpions, while it took three Renegades to ride down big Scorpion Kevyn Murrell as he threatened to make it 17-0.
Renegades took heart and despite being overmatched by Scorpions in pack weight, managed to gain possession of the ball, leading to a blistering fast try by national speedster Jae Bowen, who outran Barbados Sevens teammates Dario Stoute and Sean Ward. Brandon Walcott’s drop kick was unsuccessful leaving the score at 14-5.
However, Atwell, Chetland and Ward teamed up for another 7 points to take it to 21-5 at half-time, when the heavens opened.
The shower became a torrential downpour, rendering the footing slick and unstable and the ball dangerously slippery.
Renegades managed to score another try, but it was a case of too little too late, as Ward, Raj and Leacock all scored.
Saturday afternoon action saw the youthful Emperors squad facing off against the Development Squad, in a match that could have been billed energy versus experience, with Emperors winning 50-12.
The Development Squad was enhanced by the presence of some veteran players, including BRFU president George Nicholson, Martin Varga and Stuart Copeland, while the Emperors featured many of the national U-19 players from 2012 and 2011.
The youngsters hit the ground running with a determined effort from Emperors’ Rondel Rapta Cumberbatch causing some discomfort to the “Old Boys”.
Che Gaskin kept the momentum going and fed the ball to Keyon Dilly Questelles who put the youngsters on the board at 5-0, while Nick Daniel’s kick took the score to 7-0.
Moments later, Nicholas Jackman made it the “Nick & Nick” show with a try while his Under-19 namesake again kicked a solid conversion. Cumberbatch’s next effort scored, but Daniel’s kick richocheted off the right post in his only miss of the match.
Cumberbatch and team-mate Mario Holder (both 2011 U-19s) kept the pressure on the Development Squad team, who in turn stepped up their defence, with a couple of bruising tackles.
With big men Nicholson and Varga in the pack, the smaller Emperors struggled in the scrums, and lost Questelles to a back injury.
His replacement Jamar Judee Harewood fought valiantly to keep the momentum going in the face of superior weight and experience.Nicholson broke up a promising run by bringing down Emperor’s speedster Omar Drogba James (national Under-19) and the older team drew a penalty but Stephen Millar’s kick was no good.
Emperors knew they were firmly in control as their vice-captain Keane Blackman (national Under-19) broke away at top speed only to be brought down by Nicholson and Jae Bowen.
Big Stephan Millar gained possession of the ball and tested the Emperors defence, only to have the ball stripped by the opposition. Mario Holder and 15 year-old David Stoute (national U19) literally outran the bigger Development Squad players for yet another try, and yet another Daniel conversion.
There will be a double-header on Saturday with Emperors against Scorpions at 2.30 p.m. and the Development Squad taking on Renegades at 4 p.m.