Cayman squad squeezed out in soggy game

| 06/05/2013

(CRFU): The Cayman National Men’s XV faltered to USA Rugby South in heart-breaking fashion on 4 May in Marietta, Georgia. Playing in atrocious cold and wet conditions with much of the Life University Rugby pitch submerged in up to 4 inches of water Cayman scored first when continued pressure at the setpiece caused a knock on behind the USA try line which Cayman scrum half Robbie Cribb was quick to touch down and ring in the opening points of the game. The try duly converted by Morgan Hayward.Cayman continued to dominate the scrum and lineout but could not manage any further points as the conditions made any running play difficult but smart kicking from Hayward and inside centre Adam Keenan and powerful runs from the Cayman Pack kept the USA South in their own half for much of the first 40 minutes.

Half Time Score USA South 3-7 Cayman Islands

Barring a rued missed penalty kick which would have taken Cayman to 10 points the Cayman defence held out for 80 minutes as the American attack could not find the try line as they had done in previous encounters this international season against Jamaica, Mexico and the Bahamas but 2 kickable penalties in the 2nd half for USA South, the 2nd coming in the final 3 minutes of the game saw the Americans (not only earn the lead in the score for the first time) squeeze out a 2 point win.

USA South now moves to play Bermuda in Bermuda on 18 May whilst Cayman must regroup to face Bermuda on home soil on 1 June 2013.

Should Bermuda defeat USA South on 18 May then it will be all to play for at Big Game 1 on 1 June for Cayman.

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