made a remarkable recovery to emerge 2006 Caribbean Womens
Rugby 15s champions with an impressive 27-0 win over
T&T,last years winners, at the University of West
Indies, Mona Bowl.
Though finishing on five points, the same as Guyana, who
defeated them 6-5 last Thursday, and T&T, who beat Guyana
15-8 last Saturday, the Jamaicans secured the title with
a superior goal difference, +26 against Guyanas -6
and T&Ts -20.
In a dominant display ,the Jamaicans, 10-0 at the half,
were led by Kadian Gayle, who scored tries in either half,
the 32nd and 80th minutes .
Sherene Johnson (40th), Mitsy Stewart (44th) and Annakay
Morris (62nd) also scored tries. Morris also scored a penalty.
Jamaicas coach Victory Hyde said they studied the
T&T team and found the weakness.
strength lies with their wingers and we instructed our wingers
not to give them any room. It was good today.
Team work, defending, attacking and communicating with each
other were some of the things Hyde said went well for them
Hyde also said it was hard to motivate his players after
they were booted from their hotel last Saturday.
However, after the story broke on the news, he said, Prime
Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who is also the Sports Minister,
stepped in and cleared all their hotel bills, allowing them
back in the hotel.
Reflecting on the defeat, T&Ts coach Kitty Andrews
said her girls lost the game because of some loose play.
think we were the better team, I think we were more technically
sound, but I think we lost it on the loose plays,
Andrews also believes her team helped to lift Jamaicas
you play a weak side it weakens your game, when you play
a technically strong side it lifts your game and I think
thats what happened with the Jamaicans tonight (Sunday).
think we were able to lift their game, she said amidst
clarifications that she did not feel Jamaica was a weak
Both teams, however, demonstrated how much the womens
game has advanced in the Caribbean since the inaugural tournament
All three teams were congratulated by North American/West
Indies Rugby Association officials, not only for the quality
of play, but also the camaraderie and spirit in which all
games were contested.
Team P W D L PF PA Pts
Jamaica 2 1 0 1 32 6 4
Guyana 2 1 0 1 14 20 4
T&T 2 1 0 1 15 35 4