After a heartbreaking down-to-the-wire defeat in Guyana last weekend, the Barbados Men’s Rugby Team will kick off against Trinidad & Tobago at the historic Garrison Savannah this Saturday at 4 p.m. One week earlier, the “Young Lions” watched in dismay as the last play of the match, a drop kick goal attempt from Kevin Carter that would have given them the win, failed to score at the National Stadium in Guyana. Minutes earlier, veteran Bajan player Antonio Gibbons suffered a broken leg, while fighting valiantly against a rejuvenated Guyana team.
Gibbons, a veteran of over 17 years, has since announced his retirement from international rugby. Having let a 17-0 half time lead slip through their fingers in Guyana, the Barbados players will be on fire and out for revenge, knowing that a convincing win is essential if they are to progress to the finals. The Guyanese effectively shut down Barbados in the second half to eke out a 19-17 win in the second half. A large crowd is expected to turn out on Saturday to support the local men, with some tag/flag rugby taking place before the big match. It promises to be an afternoon of entertainment, with big hits and massive drives expected. Food and drink will be on sale, with proceeds going to the Rugby Women’s Development Squad.